Wildflower Photography in Big Sur

wildflower photography Big Sur

After arriving in Big Sur at 10pm, it was a bit of a challenge getting a place to park our camper for four days. You see most of Big Sur is only available to campers and is very popular especially in the early spring. We decided to just take our chances and arrive without a reservation, and we lucked out by finding a place to call home mid way about the coast. We were going to one of our favorite places for a weekend of R and R to enjoy the spring and to look for some secret places to share with our photographic workshop clients at Jansen Photo Expeditions. My husband and I have been doing the photography expeditions business for about 10 years now, and although we travel quite a bit, we don’t get as much alone time as we would like. This trip we were interested in the wildflower photography in Big Sur.
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Landscape photography doesn’t stop just because things get wet and the temperatures drop. Be prepared!

I’ve been gearing up and preparing for our upcoming winter and Yosemite Valley and Iceland winter landscape photoraphy expeditions. The following tips will help you avoid some unpleasant surprises next time you venture into the cold and wet. If you’d like to learn more about preparing for our Iceland workshop, check out this blog.

ShowerCapBlogCCamera Body: It’s always good to pack a few plastic sandwich bags of various sizes in your kit. If you can also find a few of those clear disposable shower caps you find in hotel rooms, they work great also. You can use them for covering your camera’s body as sits on your tripod in the wet, as you wait for that magic moment. I also like to pack a small multi folding pocket size umbrella. They really come in handy when the weather closes in are simple to store in your camera bags outside pocket.

Another thing that you can do, that provides a little insurance against camera damage is to place your camera in a larger trash bag before heading in from colder than average temps. This prevents condensation from forming on the body of your camera. The condensation will gather on the bag instead. Once the room temperature warms, you can remove your camera from the bag not risking damage to the delicate electronics in your camera’s body

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The Key to Successful Winter Photography in Iceland

There are so many reasons to photograph Iceland in Winter. The stark contrast between the volcanic black sand and the snow, the ice caves, the glaciers, and the aurora borealis to name just a few. You can only see these scenes in Iceland in winter. But the key to successful winter photography in Iceland starts with the basics.

Iceland Winter Photography - Jansen Photo ExpeditionsThere are incredible views at every turn. Other worldly landscapes only seen in Iceland, and every time we go, it’s a little bit different.

Iceland is spectacularly beautiful any time of year, but I find it especially compelling in the snow.

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Big Sur: The Lost Modern Frontier

This amazing stretch of land, along California’s central coast has been strangely hidden from view from so many driving up and down it for years. Except for of its widely published Bixby bridge and a few known public beaches, the real Big Sur is largely hidden from view.


Big Sur and California’s Highway 1 have been a haunt for beat poets of the 50’s, followed by the hippies of the 60s and 70s. It’s now a known destination for the international tourist to explore by bicycle, car, or rented camper. And don’t forget your standard domestic traveler looking for a weekend stay at many of its numerous “New Age”resorts.
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Big Sur Hippies and Hipsters, Cali’s Chill’n Coast!

.Big Sur Hippies and Hipsters,

If you’re a native Californian, it’s rare that this fabled coastline has never crossed your mind at one time or another.
As a young kid, born in Southern California, I always dreaded car sickness each time we traveled Highway 1, heading North to Big Sur on family vacations. We were always bouncing around while looking out our overhead camper’s window, its winding path triggering my propensity to this affliction.

We haunted this scenic Highway, stretching back to the early 1970s, from Morro Bay to Monterey and exploring every little nook and cranny in between.

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