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Something a Bit Different

Posted by
Monterey John (Hollister, CA, United States) on 30 March 2010 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Can't say that I have seen a lot of pictures of (at) Bixby Bridge like this.

The price we pay for our art - In obtaining pretty cool photos like this one below taken at Bixby Bridge in Big Sur, you have to crawl over some rough and overgrown terrain. When you get to your vantage point you have to get down on the level of your subject. That means putting your hands and face in the foliage.

Well ... I now look like I have leprosy and my skin is on fire. I have poison oak on and in various parts of my body, some of which are not fit to be discussed in family oriented blog.

So, I hope you like the picture!

PS - Important safety tip: Do NOT go to the bathroom until after you have had a thorough shower if you have been to Big Sur. Use of toilet paper prior to said shower my have unintended and serious consequences.

You can see all five images here: drop by and leave comments if you are so inclined. (Yes, I'm still begging to boost my hits on thye web site for dear old Mr. Google!) I fixed it so comments are open, they are at the bottom of the page.

Canon EOS 40D 1/125 second F/8.0 ISO 200 55 mm

The new web site is live.

Scott F. Schilling from San Martin, United States

I feel very sorry for you! Make sure you get a shot of Prednisone or get on steroids to help! It will save your life! There are areas along Big Sur that are literally covered with Poison Oak - most are right where I have to hike through to photograph a certain subject. I feel for you! This is a great shot though and I really like your use of the foreground element here! Get better soon! I have been very busy shooting sports action shots for little league baseball and so I have been a bit buried lately but thanks for the comments and keep up the great work between itching!

30 Mar 2010 5:12am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

I didn't know this beautiful area was so dangerous ! I really hope you'll recover fast...
This shot (and the whole series I've just seen on your website) looks fantastic ! Great job !

30 Mar 2010 8:51am

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

Oh, John, what a high price you are paying for this gorgeous shot (and the others on your site).
I think Scott has the remedy you need. Next time maybe a beekeeper's outfit might be in order.
Anyway, it's a 5***** image!

30 Mar 2010 9:45am

Barbara from Florida, United States

This is magnificent, John. A very remarkable challenge to get to and capture with unforgettable results. I must say I sympathize but had a bit of a chuckle in your description.
Well photographed worthy of + 5 stars!

30 Mar 2010 3:53pm

Jen from Alpharetta, United States


31 Mar 2010 12:59am

amy from Nanaimo, BC, Canada

Oh the inhumanity!! LOL!! What one will do for one's art... John, I am very sorry for your pains... most especially the unmentionable ones. OUCH! BUT you did get one incredible shot for your troubles. Love the dof on this!!

31 Mar 2010 3:08am

Canon EOS 40D
1/125 second
ISO 200
55 mm