McWay Falls


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A long exposure of McWay Falls in late afternoon light.


The McWay Falls in Big Sur is one of my most favorite waterfalls in California. I lost track of how many times I’ve attempted to photograph this gentle stream of water plunging 80 feet into a picturesque turquoise cove nested along the rugged Big Sur coastline. If you haven’t seen it, there are many photos on Flickr tagged with ‘mcwayfalls’.

My natural tendency when I photograph McWay Falls is to take out my wide angle lens to capture a wide perspective of the entire cove. This time, I decided to change my approach by getting a long exposure closeup of this waterfalls. I did a few exposures ranging from 2-10 seconds during bright day light, then took off before sunset. I was tired and wanted to get home before midnight.