As you drive along California Route 1 from Los Angeles to San Francisco the most interesting landscape photography landmarks start around Morro Bay, with Morro Rock as the main travel photography attraction.
I love to photograph Morro Rock. It is so distinctive and unique to its surroundings. I have visited on multiple occasions and taken photos from different spots. When you photograph it from the north you have the Morro Creek beach with its many surfers in the ocean as your foreground, with the Rock serving as the backdrop. When photographing it from the town you can really appreciate the magnitude of the Rock, and the many fishing boats on the bay will help you to create better composition in your photos.
But my favorite perspective of the Morro Bay area is from the south, from the hills of Montaña Oro State Park. The reason I love this view is because, besides the Rock itself, you can see two other famous landmarks in the frame; the Spooner’s Cove beach, and the Montaña de Oro dunes.
Deconstructing Featured Photo
Camera: Canon 60
Lens: Sigma 17-70mm
Focal Length: 70mm
Bracketing: 5 shots ( -2, -1, 0, +1, +2)
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 only 3 exposures out of 5 I originally took ( -1, 0, +1 ) Since the sunlight was defused by clouds, 3 images were more than enough to tone map image, 16-bit tiff image was exported to Lightroom (Tutorial: Complete HDR Workflow).
Lightroom: color correction, export as PSD image
Photoshop: cleaning, straightening, contrast.
– Topaz DeNoise since I processed image heavily in Photomatix and Lightroom, I had to apply very aggressive settings to reduce the noise in sky area.