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Pfeiffer-Big Sur State Park is
located about 26 miles south of Carmel
on California Highway One. The park features one of the
largest Redwood Tree groves in the Big Sur region. There are numerous
trails that allow you to walk through the redwood forest and
to some of the more elevated areas of the park.
In preparing for a vacation, one thing that should not be overlooked is
your photo equipment. You should out check its condition and functionality
at least one month prior to departure. It could be very disheartening
to find out, while you on your once in a lifetime dream
vacation, your camera does not work.
The night before leaving for a weeks stay in Big
Sur, I went through my usual ritual. I pulled out my camera
bag and examined the lenses and filters to see if they needed cleaning. I
checked out the batteries and flash. Upon further examination, I
discovered that the light meter on my camera was no longer functioning. My
trusty Minolta 102 camera, of 25 years had finally failed me. I would have
been really upset if I were leaving for a more exotic destination. Please
check out your photo equipment well in advance so it can be repaired if
I have taken enough photographs
over the years to estimate the exposure setting for a given scene. Since I
take landscape photos I usually use a tripod and set the lens to the
highest F-stop available for the lens (F-16 or F-22). The small the
aperture on the lens gives more clarity and detail on the final print.
Shutter speeds are usually 1/4-1/2 second. It was extremely difficult to
estimate the correct exposure, in the dimly lit recesses of the redwood
forest, without the aid of a light meter. I stopped down the lens to
compensate for the low lighting conditions. Consequently, the photos are
not as sharp as they should be.
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