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Photo: Shot with a hand-held Nikon D800 and Nikkor wide-angle f/2.8 lens on a summer afternoon—an impromptu stop on the Pacific Coast Highway in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. By Brian S. Miner
On a winding roadway known for incredible views, perhaps the most dramatic vistas of California's Highway 1 appear along the narrow, two-lane region of Big Sur, about two hours south of San Francisco. Here, the panoramas are immense, with rocky mountains plunging way down to crashing seas. There are plentiful pull-offs: Obviously no one can resist driving for long without stopping for a lingering look. Some people perch at cliff's edge, leaning out for a better photo; others stand many cautious steps back. Either way, it's front and center—wind, ocean's roar, and all that blue.