Stunning Big Sur

View nature photographer David Gubernick’s unbelievable images and try his tips for spectacular photos of your own.

Garrapata Beach at Sunset

David Gubernick

Garrapata Beach at Sunset

“Don’t leave after the sun sets. The sky may display glorious colors and the wet sand will reflect them, adding impact to the image,” David says.

Soberanes Beach

 David Gubernick

Soberanes Beach

“Wait until late afternoon, when light becomes warmer―it brings out the golden tones in the rocks and bluffs,” David says.

Sunburst on Pfeiffer Beach

David Gubernick

Sunburst on Pfeiffer Beach

“Dramatic rock formations and the beach itself provide wonderful subjects to photograph in conjunction with the surf,” David says.

Big Sur Wildflowers

David Gubernick

Big Sur Wildflowers

This famous 90-mile stretch of land, where the Santa Lucia Range plunges into the roiling Pacific, is loaded with eye candy for photographers. Fields of blooming wildflowers cover hillsides in spring.

Rocks and Surf on Garrapata Beach

David Gubernick

Rocks and Surf on Garrapata Beach

“At the south end of Garrapata State Park, this long, curving, sandy beach is blessed with two creeks flowing into the ocean,” David says.

Highway 1

David Gubernick

Highway 1

Shoot roads and fences where they curve, not where they appear straight. There’s a reason winding California Highway 1 shows up in so many movies.

Sun Rays through a Blow Hole

David Gubernick

Sun Rays through a Blow Hole

“[On Pfeiffer Beach], a jagged coastline dotted with blowholes provides windows and small cavelike openings with the ocean crashing through them,” David says. “Colorful reflections in the wet sand are stunning here.”

Aloe Along the Coastline

David Gubernick

Aloe Along the Coastline

“Wait until the perfect moment―when white caps form on peaks or waves explode on rocks―to add intriguing accents to your photo,” David says.

Soberanes Crashing Surf

David Gubernick

Soberanes Crashing Surf

“This surf-pounded shore is decorated with sharp, offshore rock formations,” David says. “Trails along the bluffs allow closer exploration of the coastline, and small coves make for a unique perspective.”

Above Garrapata Beach

David Gubernick

Above Garrapata Beach

“Figure out what interests you,” David says. “What draws you to a certain view? Is it light shining through an arch, a curving road, patterns in the water, or the colors in the sky? Keep asking yourself what appeals to you, then work to bring that out in the photo.”

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