I always try to find and tell story behind every travel photo I post in my blog. But I could not recall anything interesting about this shot.
This is one of those iconic places around Big Sur when you drive along California State Route 1. You can spot it quite often in tv commercials and movies. I was just lucky passing Point Sur at the right time. It was not very comfortable outside of the car with gusty, cold wind blowing from the ocean. It was quite challenging to keep tripod steady while taking series of bracketed shots for HDR. But I was not complaining since the light was outstanding, illuminating entire scene with the soft golden hue.
But the real story began when I started processing this photo back home. After years of working in graphic design and photography fields I became quite efficient with Photoshop and Lightroom. My goal is to spend as little time as possible during processing phase. On average I spend between 5min and 15min on every photo I post here.
This case was different. I spent at least 3 hours over period of 2 weeks processing this photo. I ended up with Photoshop file containing 25 layers and close to 1Gb in size. My main struggle was to get right colors and textures in sky area. I used Lightroom, Photomatix, Photoshop, Topaz Labs plugins, Color Efex from Nik and Perfect Effects from onOne Software.
Various parts of the final photo were processed using different editing tools and later assembled together using luminosity masks.
I call it processing Frankenstein.