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Monterey Recreational Trail


A few of our favorite from a recent shoot for Belinger Foster Steinmetz Landscape Architects to document their work along the Monterey Rec Trail. Striving to capture the raw spirit of the trail in every-day use, we moved along its many landmarks – Lover’s Point, Cannery Row, Fisherman’s Wharf, and Monterey State Beach – photographing the diverse range of experiences.

Winding along the coast, the trail offers breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and is a great way to tour the area on bike or foot while enjoying the outdoors. The trail follows the former Southern Pacific Railroad track line where goods where once transferred between Northern California and the historic city of Monterey. It’s a remarkable achievement, extending 18 miles from Pacific Grove before ending in Castroville, and is thought of as one the most scenic, long trails in all of California. We’re fans of Rails to Trails projects [learn more at] and even bigger fans of BFSLA, amazing!





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Architectural Photography Post Processing

Here’s an example of the last mile we often go through to get an image just right. At times it’s impossible to capture the image without hindrances or obstacles… in these cases we need to clean things up a bit. This goes on in small and large ways throughout our post processing workflow.


You don’t take a photograph, you make it.  – Ansel Adams

While this image doesn’t fall in the top tier from the shoot, it nevertheless shows an elevation the client would benefit using as a reference. We try to include this category of images to tell the entire project ‘story’ – It becomes invaluable for clients in securing future projects and developing an office design library.

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