This is the second photo from my “The Magic Forest” series. I took it during my latest coastal drive along California Route 1 from Los Angeles to San Francisco. Just before finishing my drive and returning to the populated areas of Monterey and Carmel I stopped at Point Lobos State Reserve.
Point Lobos has several sections spread across a large area of the coast, with Cypress Grove being the most interesting and rewarding from a travel photography standpoint.
It was early morning, with unusually warm weather for the end of January, and the sun was blasting through the cypress trees. As I was walking along the path of Cypress Grove it felt like I was walking through the Magic Forest.
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Camera: Canon 60D
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm
Focal Length: 10mm
Bracketing: 7 shots (-3, -2, -1, 0, +1, +2, +3 )
Tripod: FEISOL Tournament CT-3442 – Check my FEISOL Tournament CT-3442 Review.
Ballhead: FEISOL CB-40D
Processing: HDR Processed in Photomatix
Lightroom: import, tagging, export to Photomatix
Photomatix: I used only 5 brackets to tone map image (-3, -2, -1, 0, +1 ), 16-bit tiff image was exported to Lightroom. (Tutorial: Complete HDR Workflow).
- Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce digital noise (sky) – check my Topaz DeNoise Product Review.
- Topaz Detail was used to enhance details in foreground elements (path, trees, vegetation)