Bixby Creek Bridge, California
The alternative: If you’re driving Highway 1 heading north from Los Angeles to San Francisco, turn right on the Coast Road 2.5 miles north of Big Sur. It’s a 10 mile dirt shelf road that climbs 1,200 ft above the Pacific Ocean. The view is something you will never forget. Around the seven mile mark, the road dips down into California’s southernmost old growth redwood grove and the road ends at the North end of Bixby Creek Bridge.
I pulled over on the dirt road a few hundred feet above the bridge hoping for a different angle than most of the photographs taken. It turned out to be too far away so I bushwhacked down the slope and set up just above the top of the bridge. It was good timing; only a half hour wait to the golden hour, when the California coast turns to pure gold.
Mamiya RZ67 Pro ll medium format camera, Mamiya 180mm f/4.5 lens, Seconic L508 light meter, Kodak Ektachrome E100SW 120 color transparency film, scanned on Imacon Flextight scanner, Manfrotto 3265 tripod, Manfrotto 3047 studio head, 2003 Xterra.