This is the view near the San Francisco Bay from State Route 35, better known as Skyline Boulevard. A narrow two-lane road that runs almost 90 km along the ridge of the Santa Cruz Mountains, the Skyline Boulevard has some incredible views of the Pacific Ocean to the west, and the Bay Area to the east.
This drive was recommended to me by one of the locals, who mentioned that they always take this road when driving to San Francisco on the weekend for the sole reason of the amazing views.
The Skyline Boulevard drive has become one of my travel photography rituals when I am in the San Francisco Bay area. I always try to make the trip in the afternoon hours as the light from the sunset illuminates the famous landmarks such as Silicon Valley, Stanford University, and the Bay Area, with its bridges and the mountains across the bay.
You can practically see from the top how the new startups of Silicon Valley appear from nowhere and then burst into nothingness 🙂
Deconstructing Featured Photo
Camera: Canon 60D
Lens: Sigma 18-200
Focal Length: 63mm
Bracketing: 5 shots ( -2, -1, 0, +1, +2)
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 4 exposures out of 5 I originally took (-2, -1, 0, +1 ) Since the light was not very dynamic, 4 images were enough to tone map image, 16-bit tiff image was exported to Lightroom (Tutorial: Complete HDR Workflow).
Lightroom: color correction, export as PSD image
Photoshop: cleaning, straightening, contrast.
– Topaz Detail was used to enhance details in following elements: trees, valley area.
– Topaz DeNoise I applied RAW – Moderate preset it was enough to reduce noise.