Beautiful Pfeiffer State Beach is a very popular destination among travel and landscape photographers. It’s a must-see place to visit when you drive along California State Route 1. It is so popular, that sometimes it looks comical for such a remote and secluded location to have so many photographers at the same time.
On my first visit, I wasn’t sure how to best photograph the place without my photos looking exactly the same as thousands of other photographs. To make it even more challenging, the wind was so strong and gusty that I could forget about setting up my tripod on the wet and soft sand.
That’s when I discovered an odd-looking rock on the southern part of the beach. I used my extra wide lens (10mm), setting the rock as the main foreground element of my composition. Photographed this way, it looked like a strange sea creature crawling its way from the beach back to the ocean, and that’s something unique that perhaps no one has captured before.
Deconstructing Featured Photo
Processing: HDR Processed
Lightroom: import, tagging, export to Photoshop HDR Pro
Photoshop: 3 exposures ( -1, 0, +1) used to tone map image, 32-bit tiff image was saved to Lightroom (see my free guide “Natural Looking HDR Workflow”)
Lightroom: straightening, cropping, color correction, export as PSD image
Photoshop: cleaning, sharpening
– Topaz Detail was used to enhance details in foreground elements (rock, sand)
– Topaz DeNoise helped to eliminate noise in the sky and ocean