This is one of those open vista points along the California Route 1 where you really can understand and appreciate the beauty and the scale of the coastal drive.
As you drive along the narrow and twisty roads of the mountainous coast you can normally see only a small part of the landscape and the road, so it is hard to grasp the whole picture. When you finally get to such an open spot and look back you cannot believe that just a few minutes ago you were there.
It is a challenge to photograph towards the south while driving along California Route 1 because you always face the sun, even if it is indirect. With such a dynamic light the landscape looks washed out, and the only solution I could see is HDR Photography. I took 7 exposures, and later processed them (5 only) for HDR in Photomatix.
Deconstructing Featured Photo
Camera: Canon 60D
Lens: Sigma 17-70mm
Focal Length: 70mm
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 5 images to tone map image (-3, -2; -1, 0, +1), 16-bit tiff image was exported to Lightroom. (Tutorial: Complete HDR Workflow).
Lightroom: straightening, cropping, export as PSD image
Photoshop: cleaning, contrast
- Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce digital noise (sky, water ).
- Topaz Detail was used to enhance details in foreground elements (mountains)