Garrapata State Park is another iconic location along the California State Route 1 in the Big Sur area. It is easily accessible from the road with only a short hike to the shore. For some strange reason, there are no signs along Route 1 and it is easy to miss it if you are not looking for it.
Over the years I developed a system for my travels to ensure that sure I do not miss spots like Garrapata Beach. For every single trip, I create a custom Google Map and set all the locations I plan to visit as the markers, including short description for each with information on what to look for and what to photograph, all of which I collect during my research phase. Plus, I duplicate the same information to Evernote in the event that I do not have access to my maps, and I save it locally to my Nexus 5.
Perfect Effects 9
I continue to discover new features in Perfect Effects 9 from onOne Software. So far I like it a lot. I think Perfect Effects 9 will be essential part of my post processing workflow.
Deconstructing Featured Photo
Camera: Canon 60D
Lens: Sigma 17-70mm
Focal Length: 28mm
Bracketing: 3 shots ( -1, 0, +1 )
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 3 images to tone map image ( -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: cleaning, removing HDR artifacts in water, contrast.
- Perfect Effects 9 – I used 2 filters: Color Enhancer and Dynamic Contrast to boost details and colors in the rocks and cliffs.
- Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce digital noise (water, sky)