Big Sur – Sunset / Sunrise Colors (California)

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Big Sur Lightstation, probably the most spectacular stretch of California State Route 1. This particular spot has an amazing potential for photographing sunrises and sunsets

Again, I am posting images of the same location taken on exactly the same day. There are 2 big differences though: the first photo was taken in January 2014 at sunset and the second one in January 2015 at sunrise.

Hard to believe it is the same season.

Shooting and Processing

It became extremely windy just before the sunset and it was challenging to keep tripod steady. I had to apply pressure from the to with my body weight to prevent any movement.

The idea for this shot was to include as much as possible of the beautiful details and the textures in the foreground but at the same time to keep Big Sur Lightstation as the main attraction of the composition.

I used standard processing technique in Lightroom, Photomatix and Photoshop  (check my tutorial Before & After – HDR With Photomatix).

Travel Photography Blog - California. Big Sur Lightstation
California. Big Sur
Loc: 36.325931, -121.894229

Same location. Year 2015. Sunrise.

Deconstructing Featured Photo

Travel Photography Blog: 5 Bracketed Shots ( -2, -1; 0; +1, +2)
Camera: Canon 60D
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm
Focal Length: 10mm
ISO: 100
Aperture: F9
Bracketing: 5 shots (-2, -1, 0, +1, +2)
Tripod: FEISOL Tournament CT-3442  – Check my FEISOL Tournament CT-3442 Review.
Ballhead: FEISOL CB-40D


Lightroom: import, tagging, color balance, export to Photomatix
Photomatix: I used 4 bracketed shots to merge image to HDR (-2, -1, 0, +1 ), 16-bit tiff image was exported to Lightroom. (check my tutorial Before & After – HDR With Photomatix)
Lightroom: straightening, cropping, export as PSD image
Photoshop:  contrast, cleaning.