As I’m driving, I’m captured by the view
So much beauty, the road becomes my muse
The heat is rising, and my hand surfs through the wind
Cool, calm, collective is the child that lies within
[From the lyrics of Christina Aguillera’s song “Cruz”]
This is a second photo of the Bixby Bridge in my gallery. This one was taken from the north-western side of the bridge. It is a stitch of 10 photos as the wide angle lens did not give wide enough view to show more of the context especially the beach together with the bridge. Although in the end I have trimmed out a lot anyway.
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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bestarns (198) 2011-06-13 3:18
wow , superbe panorama , très jolie capture.
Les couleurs sont vraiment éclatante, beau travail
SWEETFREEDOM (23908) 2011-06-13 3:23
gorgeous view, spectacular. i like also the wildlife in fg.
timecapturer (49288) 2011-06-13 3:41
another wonderfully composed shot of this amazing bridge and the coastline. Such beautiful colours and astonishing detail. An accomplished, high quality image that is visually stunning! I love it!
Have a great week - Brian
dta (72109) 2011-06-13 3:57
Hello MAriusz ,
Aniother great POV on this bridge and the fabulous coastal landscape . The composition is perfect . But , may be , that the colors are not natural : that is not a problem , that lokks like a painting .
sandpiper (6788) 2011-06-13 4:01
Fantastic composition and stitching. A great scene with both architectural and natural delights to look at. Great clarity and depth in the view.
Vitaly (1021) 2011-06-13 4:10
You made two fantastic shots of Bixby Bridge. Each of them in his own good. You presented this grand structure in all its glory, along with the surrounding landscape.
Sonata11 (33697) 2011-06-13 4:33
od Twoich zdjec mozna dostac zawrotu glowy, sa takie piekne jak pocztowki, ktore wykonuje zawodowy fotograf. Wykonane przepieknie. Podoba mi sie bardzo kompozycja z tej strony. Sliczny widok od ktorego ciezko oderwac wzrok. Pieknie wykonane zdjecie. Super. Moje gratulacje.
jhm (145306) 2011-06-13 4:42
You chose a wonderful angle, we can folow the rocks along the sea.
You did this splendid, we see depth and perspective through the bridge to the leftside.
Sharpness and clarity are perfect.
Also the original colors make these picture attractive.
Very well done, TFS.
francio64 (39744) 2011-06-13 6:00
non sono mai stato in America, ma a giudicare dai documentari e dalle foto viste, la California sembra essere una delle zone più belle, soprattutto per il mare.
Qui possiamo vedere una bella costiera, molto montuosa e un bel mare con relativa spiaggia.
Bello l'inserimento nella foto, del ponte che unisce le due estremità montuose, collegandole tra loro.
Sergiom (68856) 2011-06-13 6:09
Un autre point de vue magnifique sur ce pont californien de toute beauté. Ce que j'apprécie le plus c'est le traitement des couleurs qui semblent exploser dans l'image.
PaulVDV (24823) 2011-06-13 6:41
A beautiful and wild coastline and yet sweet with the small flowers on the foreground.
An excellent POV and the Bixby bridge helps to estimate the scale.
I guess there must be many secluded beaches in that area.
Best regards, Paul
adramad (41240) 2011-06-13 7:00
Paranorama proud with this beautiful coastline, all viewed from a high point, great bridges spanning the image of the rugged terrain, wonderful POV allows us to see these various plants in the foreground, towering cliffs, beaches and ideals of hard access.
Superb management of light, which gives a bright image, rich in beautiful shades of color.
Have a nice week. Best regards.
mauro61 (52855) 2011-06-13 9:23
mi piace molto l'inquadratura con tanta natura e uno splendido mare.
Non so se la pensi come me,ma il ponte costruito dall'uomo rovina un po' il meraviglioso paesaggio,anche se dal punto di vista compositivo è un elemento di attrazione,
chawax (19976) 2011-06-13 11:28
Nice view on this bridge again. I find this one better because it shows us part of the coast line, a very beautiful one. Good colours and sharpness too.
GREGG (7888) 2011-06-13 11:38
tylko pozazdrościć krajobrazów !
śliczna kompozycja, ta różnorodność barw, ah...oh.. :)
paololg (31448) 2011-06-13 13:30
Ciao dear Mariusz,
one of the reasons of my stay in TE is to have the opportunity to see masterpieces like this photo. No doubt you proves to be one of the best photographers on this site, your photos are always pleasant and perfect. I believe that every photographer has something to learn from you. This beautiful image is a good example. Sincere congratulations!
Ciao, have a nice Tuesday!
SnapRJW (31627) 2011-06-13 23:20
Hi Mariusz - Another expansive view of the bridge and costline. You have managed to include amazing detail in the frame and your 10 frame stitch is a marvel. Best regards Rosemary
josepmarin (58047) 2011-06-14 6:17
a great work about the stitch of 10 photos to achieve this composition.
The angle of vision that you offer us is impressive, and catches perfectly the spectacular bridge and the beauty of the landscape across which this famous highway pass.
The light is good, the exposure is balanced well, the colors are very nice, and it gives a great result in the quality of the composition.
An excellent work, my friend.
jemaflor (90217) 2011-06-14 9:51
great pov as your last post, well composed, interesting bridge, beautiful cliffs, well with floxers in the fg and the view of the blue sea, tfs.
rodgerg (55767) 2011-06-14 10:25
Excellent seascape with an another presentation of an impressive bridge. The various vegetation in the Fg give depht with the large prospect open to the cliff and the well coloured sea.
pajaran (55661) 2011-06-14 10:47
Vrlo interesantan tekst sa podacima o mestu i mostu ...
Lep pogled na most, zelena brda i obalu sa morem, dobar prikaz lepim bojama i fotografijom.
Dobar ostrina snimka, kontrast i kompozicija, moje cestitke na dobrom radu.
Prijatno vece i dobar, uspesan pocetak nove nedelje.
Bardzo ciekawy artykuł z informacjami o miejscu i most ...
Ładny widok na most, zielone wzgórza i wybrzeże morza, dobre wyświetlanie kolorów i fotografii piękna.
dobra ostrość obrazu, kontrast i składu, pogratulować dobrej pracy.
Przyjemny wieczór i dobry, udany początek nowego tygodnia.
Silvio1953 (131920) 2011-06-14 12:14
Ciao Mariusz, great POV on fantastic bridge, lovely composition with wonderful sea view, splendid light and beautiful natural colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
Fis2 (90951) 2011-06-14 13:39
Fajnie pokazales ten most.
Ladnie skomponowales ten kadr.
Most jest super i postawiony w ciekawym miejscu.
Super kolorki, byly warunki ;)
vasilpro (41163) 2011-06-14 13:44
Wonderful composition with the same bridge from another POV, beautiful rocky seashore, lovely light and colors, excellent POV, TFS!
Have a nice evening, Vasilis.
ifege (10363) 2011-06-14 17:54
A very attractive coastal scene Mariusz - well composed and taken.
Graal (100582) 2011-06-14 23:21
dobry temat warto drazyc. Inne ujecie od strony oceanu tez interesujace. Wspaniala dzika natura. Podobaja mi sie te urwiste zbocza, roslinnosc, malutkie wysepki i most spinajacy wzgorza. Fajne ujecie. Bdb jakosc zdjecia.
Bournazel (0) 2011-06-15 2:23
despite I travel a lot in the states, I don't know this place and it's really wonderful. One of my projects is to travel from Vancouver to south california by the coast...Can't wait now !
Thanks a lot Vincent
annjackman (21119) 2011-06-15 2:39
I love this. The quality is excellent with detail captured throughout. Beautiful work.
i9l2y1m8a8t3 (4808) 2011-06-15 9:31
Stunning Photograph! Highway 1 does have lots of surprises! This coastal view is amazing, superb landscape! The colors are fantastic too! Great shot! Will be visiting this place tom!! thanks for pre-empting my ideas!! LOL, anyway, this POV is remarkable!! thanks for sharing!
sacimar (26205) 2011-06-15 10:33
excellent composition, I like it! the POV is well chosen, colors and tones are beautiful and the place is fantastic, well seen,
Waylim (25434) 2011-06-16 18:52
One of the best shot of this best I have seen, the colors of the vegetation are wonderful in the spring time, more green and some flowers, love the soft turquoise green blue of the Pacific Ocean. Beautiful composition.
Angshu (56686) 2011-06-20 9:28
A fine landscape picture where you took into the frame enough of the FG of the ferns & the small flowers to provide good depth & more than that good interest. The arch bridge links to the other end of the creek where light falls beautifully! The picture is excellent!
npecanhuk (70894) 2011-06-22 2:06
That's classical, but always welcome, specially when the picture has such an excellent technical quality!
A dream: to drive along that road!
TFS - congrats,
Zuzana_Stefkova (997) 2011-06-22 11:55
magnifique landscape of beautiful colours from an excellent point of view. Top quality photo from an expert for the stitching ... I have to try it once.
krzychu30 (15510) 2011-06-24 9:09
widok zapiera dech w piersiach.Czytalem,ze droga nr.1 wzdluz zachodniego wybrzeza to najbardziej malownicza droga w Stanach.To zdjecie tylko potwierdza ta opinie.Znakomicie wybrales POV do tego zdjecia.Kolory sa piekne i dobrze nasycone.Pewnie ciezko sie skupic na jezdzie majac takie widoki dookola.
delpeoples (55380) 2011-06-24 20:08
I see that you were captured by the view as much as it was captured by you! And I am captured too. This coastline is very beautiful, and surprisingly untouched and unpopulated. I love the wildness of it all - except for the bridge - which is a beautiful and essential element in your photo - we would not know that man has inhabited this place much. Fantastic colours, framing and depth of field. Those rocks off the coast are fascinating, I'd love to have a closer look. Do you have any photos of them?
Have a great weekend
Lisa (I received an email from you about what you were doing at Christmas as we might be in Ireland at that time and were hoping to catch up)
Hansaphotos (7519) 2011-06-26 13:25
What a nice view over the bridge and the beautiful coastal landscape surrounding it. Lovely composition and very good choice of POV. A very successful stitch. Captured in a nice light and with stunning colours. We do truly get the full package here with a splendid mixture of landscape, seascape and the fine old bridge. Beautiful work! TFS. Have a nice evening.
Best regards, Erling
macjake (62364) 2011-06-27 0:32
I can see why people liked this one!
wow, look at that view!
so much depth to this shot, seems like the landscape just goes on and on forever. Hard to believe its a stitch of 10 photos, very well done.
lovely flora, colors, depth, and subject matter with that bridge.
just breath taking, i have to drive this one day.
hope you have a great day!
jafadabret (56501) 2011-07-06 22:28
On comprend bien le titre et on ne peut qu'approuver. Ce paysage est fascinant avec le premier plan coloré, le pont, la falaise et la mer sous une très belle lumière.
bornav (486) 2012-07-04 3:49
You've made the coastal landscape look incredible through your lens. It'd be indeed wonderful to get a view from the bridge!
ikeharel (64041) 2012-09-11 8:22
Great capture, Mariusz.
The ocean "work" on the cliff for un-numbered years and vreated a most magnificent earth formation.
Excelent depth and division of the image between sea and hilly landscape.
elenimavrandoni (0) 2014-04-02 8:42
Mariusz, this is one of the most beautiful pictures that I've seen of the Big Sur coast and the 17 mile drive...a really spectacular angle to show the beauty and the interchange of colors..it is one of my favorite drives and one of the most attractive places in California!!!
- Copyright: Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) (32979)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-05-21
- Categories: Nature, Transportation
- Camera: Canon EOS Kiss X4, Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Northern California 2011
- Date Submitted: 2011-06-13 2:00