Back in September I had the good fortune of being in Northern California on business. I was able to parlay that into a slow roadtrip along Highway 1 – California’s central coast – Monterey – Carmel – Big Sur. I hadn’t been along that stretch of coast since I was a kid!
My favorite spot, Garrapata State Beach, was an easy drive from Carmel, yet far enough that it’s not a congested tourist destination. In many ways it reminded me of Palos Verdes but with a more aggressive shoreline.
One thing about using a medium format film camera is it teaches you to slow down, to soak in the inherent beauty of place. I can’t tell you how many times I’m in a beautiful spot and somebody runs up with a camera, takes a quick picture, and runs off.
At every location I visited, I sat down and just stared at the scene in front of me. After a while I’d set up my tripod and camera to photograph whatever it was I found special about that place. Slow is good.