This is the very last photo I took while driving fist time along California State Route 1 from Los Angeles to San Francisco. It was end of the day and I was ready to turn inland and leave the shore to drive to my hotel in Palo Alto. This is when I stumbled upon this beautiful state beach, the one I missed completely while planning the trip.
It was extremely windy and the main challenges for me were not drop my tripod with the camera and not to fall off the cliff.
I ended up spending much longer than I expected there. I even had small picnic down the beach where wind was not that extreme.
HDR processing was used to tone map bracketed shots.
Deconstructing Featured Photo
Camera: Canon 60D
Lens: Sigma 17-70mm
Focal Length: 57mm
Bracketing: 5 shots (-2, -1, 0, +1, +2)
Tripod: FEISOL Tournament CT-3442 (my FEISOL Tournament CT-3442 Review).
Ballhead: FEISOL CB-40D
Lightroom: import, tagging, export to Photomatix
Photomatix: I used 4 images to tone map image (-2, -1, 0, +1 ), 16-bit tiff image was exported to Lightroom.
Lightroom: straightening, cropping, export as PSD image
Photoshop: cleaning, contrast
- Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce digital noise (sky, beach and ocean areas)
- Topaz Detail was used to enhance details in foreground elements (cliffs)