Path to the Magic Forest (Point Lobos)

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This is the second photo from my “The Magic Forest” series. I took it during my latest coastal drive along California Route 1 from Los Angeles to San Francisco. Just before finishing my drive and returning to the populated areas of Monterey and Carmel I stopped at Point Lobos State Reserve.

California. Point Lobos. East Side
Loc: 36.52185, -121.95099

Point Lobos has several sections spread across a large area of the coast, with Cypress Grove being the most interesting and rewarding from a travel photography standpoint.

It was early morning, with unusually warm weather for the end of January, and the sun was blasting through the cypress trees. As I was walking along the path of Cypress Grove it felt like I was walking through the Magic Forest.

Deconstructing Featured Photo

Travel Photography Blog: 5 Bracketed Shots ( -3, -2, -1; 0; +1 )

Processing: HDR Processed in Photomatix

Lightroom: import, tagging, export to Photomatix
: I used only 5  brackets to tone map image (-3, -2, -1, 0, +1 ), 16-bit tiff image was exported to Lightroom. (Tutorial: Complete HDR Workflow).
Photoshop:  cleaning
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