Pecho Valley Road is a beautiful and short drive from Montaña de Oro State Park to Morro Bay.
Although it is only a few miles long, the road has three distinct parts. First, it runs through a desert-like landscape. Second, it enters a natural tunnel of trees when it suddenly becomes dark. And, finally, it has a mountainous stretch where you can enjoy wide open views of Morro Bay and its distinctive rock features.
The time I visited Montaña Oro State park was at the peak of California’s infamous drought. You could barely spot any green and everything looked washed out and dull. I knew well in advance that I would need to work hard to bring the colors and contrast back to life in my photo.
The challenge here was to find a safe spot to setup a tripod. As you can see, the road practically does not have a shoulder, and I had to be careful watching for approaching cars.
Camera: Sony a6000
Lens: Sony 16-70
Focal Length: 36mm
Shooting Mode: Aperture Priority (A)
Shutter Speed: 1/80s
Bracketing: 3 (-1, 0, 1)
Tripod: FEISOL Tournament CT-3442
Ballhead: FEISOL CB-40D
Editing & Processing
It was single RAW processing workflow. The HDR was not necessary.
I cropped the image to make composition tighter (Crop Overlay Tool).
Lightroom Rapid Editing workflow:
I used Point Lobos style preset from Landscape Collection in a combination with adjustment presets from TOOLKIT to tweak the image.
Lightroom Editing Formula: Point Lobos (9, 13, 21, 24, 32)
Total Time: 25min