Similar to last year, this year we decided to do a quick little trip up the scenic California Coast via the famous Pacific Coast Highway (PCH - 1) route. If you live in California, you know that no matter when during the year, this route always have magnificent scenery. If you enjoy the tourist part of the route, then Southern California would be for you. I enjoy the scenic part, which technically starts once you past San Luis Obispo. For me, I enjoy going between early Sept and late Oct. This is when Big Sur and Monterey Bay has a slight breeze, but some overcast. The weather is not too hot or cold. A good and nicely comfortable 72 degrees. In our trip, we stopped by Hearst Castle, Big Sur / Carmel, and a quick peek at San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge.
Last year, I had drag all my gears (i.e.: monopod, tripod, 4 lenses, 2 camera, etc.,). I had a lot of great shots, but it was a This year, i wanted to keep it light and majority of my shot, only use the 17-55mm f2.8 Nikkor Lens.
Entire Gallery Set: http://www.flickr.com/photos/smilepak/sets/72157625240004568/detail/
The two pictures below was done using 5 pictures bracketing (1 exposure differences each) and photomerge HDR via Photoshop.