Bixby Bridge Light Trails

Like everyone else, we’re currently locked down due to the coronavirus pandemic.  I’m taking some time to go through some photos from past trips that never made it onto the blog

During a quick work trip to Monterey California in October 2018, I drove south along CA-1 to Bixby Bridge, which is probably the most photographed bridge in California.  I had visited a couple of times before, and the constant stream of photographers, selfie-takers, and visitors is impressive.  I had only photographed the bridge from the northern side, so this time around, I was looking for something different.  I decided to photograph it from another angle, on the side of the bridge I hadn’t previously visited.

I parked on the southbound site, where there is a small lot.  I climbed up an impressive dirt hill and found a great view.  As the sun set, I started taking light trail photos of the cars crossing the bridge.  It takes 30 or more seconds for a car to cross the bridge and fill the entire frame of the camera.  As it got darker, fewer cars came.  I took quite a few photos, but I think this one is the best.


I would have loved a little more color in the sky, but there wasn’t much of a sunset that evening.


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