Monterey Peninsula


Pt. Lobos State Reserve – Carmel – Highway 1

My initial exposure to the Monterey Peninsula was January 1967, while at Coast Guard Station Monterey. Like most people seeing the area for the first time, nature’s beauty was generously visible everywhere. The cool Pacific Ocean is a deep rich blue with turquoise waters showing up at Pt. Lobos State Reserve and on down to Big Sur. Most of the coastline is rocky and includes high coastal cliffs. Trees are everywhere and include Monterey Cypress, Pine and Coastal Redwood.

Ocean swells much of the year reach ten to fifteen feet or higher, with morning offshore breezes blowing spray off the tops of waves creating impressive seascapes.

It is this breathtaking scenery that makes photographing the Monterey Peninsula so very special – one of my favorite spots.

I used a Nikon D7100 body, Nikkor 85mm f1.4, 17-55mm f2.8, and for ultra wide angle a Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 lens. 99% of my photography is shot from my vintage Gitzo Studex tripod with Induro PHQ3 head.