I took this photo while looking for a nice and cozy place to have a late-morning picnic around Morro Bay. It was our first day and we were enjoying a Pacific coastal drive along California State Route 1. It was unusually warm for the end of January and what was even more surprising was the complete lack of wind. Pacific beach in the winter with no wind, go figure.
We were coming from Montaña Oro State Park and I had already taken plenty of photos of Morro Rock from different perspectives, but I could not resist taking some more. I used the beautiful Morro Creek dunes as a foreground element of the composition with the rock as the main attraction. I also loved how morning light gave soft glow to Morro Rock.
When shooting against the sun, I knew that the only way I could pull it off was to use HDR photography processing. processing. I took a sequence of 5 bracketed shots and later processed them for HDR in Photomatix.
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Camera: Canon 60D
Lens: Sigma 17-70mm
Focal Length: 19mm
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 5 photos to tone map image ( -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: cleaning, contrast.
- Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce digital noise (sky, water)
- Topaz Detail was used to enhance details in foreground elements (dunes).