Bench with the View (Point Lobos)

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Point Lobos State Reserve is an expansive place that is located at the north end of the Big Sur coast area. It took me four visits over the span of three years to become familiar with the different parts of the park.

During my last visit to Point Lobos, I knew in advance what sections of the park I wanted to visit and what I was going to photograph. After I was finished with my photography, I had plenty of time just to slow down and enjoy the park.

This is one of those places where I could spend hours just sitting and enjoying the view of places like China Cove and the Big Sur coast.

California. Big Sur. Point Lobos
Loc: 36.508742, -121.941213

Shooting and Processing

I probably could have easily achieved the same result without using a tripod in this situation but, I already had my camera mounted on the tripod. I took three bracketed shots with my landscape setup.

If you check the original, straight from the camera shot below, you can see that the scene had a pretty dynamic light with dark shadows in the foreground and a very bright sky. Once again, I did not have to use HDR processing. I used a Lightroom Rapid Editing, using the Tropical Morning preset as a starting point.

Deconstructing Featured Photo

Processing: Lightroom Preset Based Workflow

Lightroom: import, tagging, Rapid Editing, cropping, export to Photoshop.
Photoshop Lots of cleaning with the Stamp Tool, contrast, color correction.

Photoshop Plugins: