Point Sur, Big Sur, CA
Do you long for magic and beauty beyond belief? Big Sur will serve handsomely. Head south from San Francisco on the famed Highway 1, past Carmel, past Point Lobos, which Edward Weston called his “lumberyard” for creativity. Keep going and you’re now passing Ansel Adams’ home, where we were damned fortunate to make our video.
This is the stretch of highway that Clint Eastwood sped up and down in his vintage Jag in the forever cool movie, Play Misty for me, the first movie he directed, and still one of my favorites. Go a bit further and you’ll discover the secret behind the name of his production company, as you cross over Mal Paso Creek.
But it’s not until you get to get to face Point Sur that you have your breath taken away. I’ve driven down this stretch since I was a kid and driven it myself since I was old enough to drive and it still knocks me out. Not because of the cliffs that drop away into the sea below, taunting each car that traverses that narrow roadway to to make that long slide, crashing and tumbling down to the sea below. This is where you see the cars from Texas and the Carolinas, creaping along as if going slowly will save them, when all it does is infuriate the locals to no end.
This view of Point Sur is a magical place, and so in the fall of 2005, with my then state of the art Nikon D2X, planted on the top of my trusty Manfrotto tripod, I captured the above image. At the time, I had a show of my photographs at the Phoenix Shop at Nepenthe, and the curator had asked me to capture a series of images up and down the coast. So after a great morning of surfing at my secret spot, where I had once caught a glorious tube, I set out on my assignment.
And there you have it. Only I will tell you that the colors are nothing like what you see in the print. Which now brings me the to the point of this story. Making the print.
Last Saturday, after months of urging from my wife to make prints for our house (yes this is the story of the cobbler who’s kids never have shoes) I finally packed up my drive and made a trip to see Brad Polt-Jones who is an absolute wizard when it comes to PhotoShop and Lightroom and high end printing. He runs Future Light Digital Workshops, where I had a the pleasure of giving a workshop with him last summer.
Brad and I sat down and went through a dozen or so images making adjustments with many of the options in Lightroom’s develop module: Clarity, Recover, Noise, Sharpen, and of course curves. Theen when it looked right he printed them on his Epson Stylus Pro 7900, with his wizardy software from Imageprint 8 from Colorbyte Software. The paper we used was Brilliant Supreme Luster, which really make the image sing.
The above print ended up being 24″ x 36″, now that’s a print! But, as it turns out I overdid myself and added this to the assignment I was on and so don’t have an immediate place to hang it. I’m now looking for a home for it and if you’d like to apply, send me an email. We can ship it to you framed or help you get it gorgously frammed.
And that leads me to my next stop, to my friend Mahmut Keskekci, the wizard of framing, seriously he is simply the best. He runs the Richard Sumner Gallery in Palo Alto where you my remember I had a show some years ago, which my friend Robert Scoble did a story about.
Stay tuned and I shoot a video showing the final prints, from around the world, beautifully framed.
Yes, I’ve taken you on a story as windy as the coast highway itself , but now know that my kids will have the shoes they deserve.