Little Sur River Beach (California)

This is one of the most beautiful spots you’ll find on the drive along California State Route 1. It’s located where Little Sur River empties into the Pacific Ocean, only few miles from Carmel and Monterey.

This was taken the third time I drove by Little Sur River Beach in the last two years, and finally, on this day luck was on my side with the regard to weather. The third time’s a charm, I guess. It was an unusually warm January evening – windy but warm with thick, white clouds covering the horizon but leaving the rest of the sky exposed and illuminated by the sun.

It took a lot of willpower to give up this view and pack my tripod so I could drive into the fog and clouds to another spot along the California coast.

Travel Photography Blog: Big Sur California Coastal Drive
California. Cabrillo Highway. Big Sur
Loc: 36.331944, -121.889722

Deconstructing Featured Photo

HDR Bracketed Shots

Camera: Canon 60D
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm
Focal Length: 10mm
Shooting Mode: Aperture Priority (A)
ISO: 100
Aperture: F9
Magic Lantern: free  firmware addon to extend camera functionality
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

Lightroom: import, tagging, export to Photomatix
Photomatix: 4 exposures (-2, -1, 0, +1) used to tone map image, 16-bit tiff image was exported to Lightroom (Tutorial: Complete HDR Workflow)
Photoshop: straightening, color correction, export as PSD image
Photoshop: cleaning, color correction, sharpening
Photoshop Plugins:
– Topaz Detail was used to enhance details in foreground elements (grass, fence)
Topaz DeNoise helped to eliminate noise in the sky.

Archiving: I save all my photos as JPEG (quality: 100%) at full resolution and with the help of the Lightroom plugin, I synchronized them with my portfolio on SmugMug for safekeeping, sharing, image hosting and online sales.

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