Me and my wife planned a visit for night photography to Big Sur Pacific Coast region which is about a 6 hr drive from our place in Los Angeles. I don’t think we ever missed a chance to enjoy the night sky when we were given the opportunity to do so in our trips. We started driving at 10.30 am and reached Pfeiffer Beach by 4.00 pm. In between we had some astounding views of the pacific coast. The world famous CA1 highway goes along the coast. We stopped for some photographs with the elephant seals up close.
Elephant seals resting in the beach
When we reached Pfeiffer Beach, it was one of the windiest beaches I have ever been with monstrous waves crashing on the rocks it intimidates a new person visiting the beach for the first time. We enjoyed watching an amazing sunset at the beach and took some photos standing against a cold wind blowing from the Pacific Ocean.
Crashing Waves at Pfeiffer beach
Pfeiffer beach Portal
We planned to come back to the beach that night again to admire Pfeiffer’s beauty in moon light. To experience dark sky and also to capture good night photographs of the star with the landscape one should look for the 1/3rd moon phase. This was one such night when we would be able to watch the stars along with the moon illuminated beach and its massive rock formation. We went to the lodge and got ourselves ready and was excited to venture into the beach around 9.40pm to capture the moonlit Pfeiffer. Stunned by its beauty in moonlight, I kept watching the crashing waves creating white surf with the Moon and Venus bright in the western sky.