I just returned from the one week long trip to California. It was not a very well-planned, last minute trip.
It was supposed to be a short and relaxing trip but when I was returning the rental car at San Jose airport, ready to fly back to Montreal, I realized that in 7 days I drove for 3000km (1800 miles).
In general, the trip was not too favorable with the regards to photography. The weather was hot with hazy air and absolutely no clouds for the duration of the trip. The only exception was the afternoon of the last day of the trip just when I was ready to fly home.
When I saw a clear sky with the clouds, I took a short drive to Big Sur area and was rewarded with some interesting shots.
I stopped the car at the side of the road and took a couple of bracketed shots. It took me less than 5min and I was on the way to the next vista.
Camera: Sony a6000
Focal Length: 18mm
Shooting Mode: Aperture Priority (A)
Bracketing: 3 (-1, 0, 1)
Tripod: FEISOL Tournament CT-3442 – Check my FEISOL Tournament CT-3442 Review.
Ballhead: FEISOL CB-40D
It was a single RAW file editing.
The main goal for this photo was to convey the experience of the road trip through the Southwest. I used the road as the leading path into the composition.
The Lightroom Preset Editing Formula: Natural (1, 9, 12, 16, 20, 31)
Photoshop: color correction, contrast, cleaning.
- Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce digital noise (sky).
- Topaz Clarity was used to enhance details and boost colors (foreground, mountains).