Cypress Cove at Point Lobos (California)

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Point Lobos State Natural Reserve is a relatively big place and you can easily spend a couple of the days exploring distinctive sections of the park. It also has 15 different trials and each one provides unique opportunities for travel and landscape photographers.

The Cypress Grove Trail is by far my favorite one. It loops through the cypress forest along the beautiful rocky coast. I’ve already featured Cypress Grove Trail twice on my blog (Point Lobos Magic Forest and Path to the Magic Forest) and after visiting Point Lobos again in the beginning of 2015 I will definitely do it once more.

The featured photo displays the view from Cypress Grove Trail on Cypress Cove and Carmel Bay.

California. Big Sur. Point Lobos
Loc: 36.523464, -121.952609

Shooting and Processing

The only challenge with the shooting was to find enough place to setup the tripod. The spot looks much bigger on the photograph because I used wide angle lens (10mm) and it tends to exaggerate the distances and the sizes, especially in the foreground elements. In total, I took 5 bracketed shots (-2, -1, 0, +1, +2).

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

Deconstructing Featured Photo

Travel Photography Blog: 5 Bracketed Shots ( -2, -1; 0; +1, +2)


Lightroom: import, tagging, color balance, export to Photomatix
Photomatix: I used 5 bracketed shots to merge image to HDR (-2, -1, 0, +1, +2 ), 16-bit tiff image was exported to Lightroom. (check my tutorial Before & After – HDR With Photomatix)
Lightroom: straightening, cropping, export as PSD image
Photoshop:  I used the Stamp Tool to remove distractions in the foreground (part of the tree, rocks)