Pfeiffer Beach is one of the iconic locations in North California. It always attracts photographers from around the world. Anytime you visit the beach you can find at least one photographer with the tripod. It is not uncommon to see photo workshops at the beach or groups of photographers from the local photo clubs.
Every time I travel to California I try to visit the Pfeiffer Beach at least for a couple of hours, to have a picnic with the fantastic view and to take a few shots.
The last time I visited Pfeiffer Beach, everything worked against me.
The only time I could visit the beach was in the middle of the day and the sky was completely empty without any traces of clouds.
When I face a "bad photography” weather, I always try to minimize the impact of empty sky to my composition by filling it with the foreground elements. Since I could not find interesting angel from the beach level, I had to climb to the slope of the hill that surrounds the beach.
The light still was harsh and unflattering but managed to salvage some shots.
First, I change the aspect ratio from 3 x 2 to 16 x 9 using the Crop Overlay tool in Lightroom. The goal was to minimize the impact of boring, cloudless sky.
Lightroom Editing Formula: Point Lobos (9, 13, 17, 21, 31)