Photographer's Note

Driving south from San Francisco along the Pacific Coast Highway, known also as Highway 1, we intended to enjoy the dramatic fragment of the coast known as Big Sur and have some rest on beautiful sandy beaches behind it. It so happened that we brought with us a typical Irish weather to California and it was cold/windy/rainy/foggy most of the time. But in addition to that there was some road damage and we could not just drive south along the coast. Instead to reach the hotels which we have prepaid in the south we needed to drive back along the Big Sur and then get to the hotel along the Hwy 101. We have lost some time but I knew for sure I want to get at least to the Bixby Bridge before turning back.

This photo presents the Bixby Bridge from the north-eastern end. It is a stitch of 8 photos as the wide angle lens did not give wide enough view to show more of the context. It is not an HDR although the clouds seem a little enhanced. The effect is due to the ND gradient which I applied in PS. It is a stitch so I could not really apply the filter in reality.

Bixby Creek Bridge, also known as Bixby Bridge, is a reinforced concrete open-spandrel arch bridge in Big Sur, California. The bridge is located 120 miles (190 km) south of San Francisco and 13 miles (21 km) south of Carmel in Monterey County along California Highway One.
Bixby Creek Bridge is important historically because it introduced automobile travel to Big Sur, connecting the remote coastal towns to each other.
The bridge is 714 feet (218 m) long, 24 feet (7.3 m) wide, over 280 feet (85 m) high and has a main span of 320 feet (98 m). Its two heavy buttresses are unnecessary to support the structure, and later arch bridges such as the Frederick W. Panhorst Bridge omitted them from the design. It is “one of the most photographed features on the West Coast” because of its location along the scenic Central Coast of California, and has frequently been used in automobile commercials. The construction of the bridge began on August 24, 1931 and was completed on October 15, 1932. Before the bridge was opened on November 27, 1932, coastal travelers endured rough wagon roads over precipitous ridges and valleys. The 30-mile (48 km) journey from Monterey to the Big Sur River valley could take three days round trip.

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