Cayucos is the run-down town along California State Route 1 between Morro Bay and San Cambria. There is nothing special about it except beautiful beach with the amazing coastal views in both directions (south and north).
During my California coastal drives I always plan short stops at Cayucos, long enough for a quick launch at the town’s beach and for taking some seascape photographs.
I took featured photo from Cayucos Pier which provides incredible view of Morro Bay Rock. Unfortunately, the pier is in process of being rebuilt at this point and it will take couple of years until I can take another photograph from it.
Shooting and Processing
Since light was not extreme, I took only 3 bracketed shots on tripod (FEISOL Tournament CT-3442). Originally I was planning to use Photomatix processing but at the very last moment I changed my mind and used luminosity masks blending in Photoshop (for more details check my Review: “The Art of Digital Blending”).
Deconstructing Featured Photo
Camera: Canon 60D
Lens: Canon 10-20
Focal Length: 10mm
Bracketing: 5 shots (-1, 0, +1)
Tripod: FEISOL Tournament CT-3442 – Check my FEISOL Tournament CT-3442 Review.
Ballhead: FEISOL CB-40D
PROCESSING: Digital Blending with Lminosity Masks
Lightroom: import, tagging, contrast, color correction. I produced 3 separate images and exported them to Photoshop.
Photoshop: I opened 3 bracketed photos directly in Photoshop and placed each image on separate layer. Then, I used luminosity masking techniques to blend everything together.
- Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce digital noise (sky, water).
- Topaz Clarity was used to enhance details and boost colors (beach, mountains).