“Bixby Bridge By Moonlight” – Big Sur, California – Matt Granz – Featured Photographer
Highway 1 through Big Sur in California is known as one of the most beautiful drives in the world. Bixby Bridge is one of the many highlights. You have probably seen this bridge before even if you have never been to California. It is very popular with car commercials and TV shows in the U.S. Matt’s version is very unique because it is photographed at night using only the available moonlight and the car’s speeding headlights. Please read his story below then check out one of his portfolios for more intense night shots of California.
To those who haven’t seen my work before, my name is Matt Granz and I am a Fine Art Photographer, who is trying to achieve intensity in imagery, an obsession that has been driving me daily for the past five years. I am fascinated with night photography, light painting, storm chasing, and both seascapes and wilderness landscapes. You can find my images at:
The story behind this image is that I have had the goal of photographing the Bixby Bridge for three years, but being a person who wears many hats, life just kept getting in the way… until this night. I actually passed over this bridge without noticing in the dark of night but was lucky enough to glance in the side view mirror and see it.
I arrived to find myself alone except for my friend who I was out photographing things at night with. We immediately started finding interesting ways to shoot this bridge, and this image was from the last spot I shot from.
The only trouble with shooting this bridge was that I really wanted to get some light trails and in the middle of the night there are very few cars that travel Highway 1. The good news was that I had time while waiting to perfect my exposure. After around a half hour a car finally came around, going southbound. This is that image.
I am constantly out shooting and updating my sites (except for the facebook one which is undergoing some transformation). I hope you enjoy the imagery as much as I enjoy going out and finding and then shooting them.
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