Productivity and personal efficiency are very popular topics these days. The Pareto Principle is the cornerstone in achieving maximum efficiency in your everyday life. The Pareto Principle states that 20% of your efforts create 80% of the result. The goal is to identify those 20% and concentrate your activities around it.
If I apply the Pareto Principle to my coastal drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco, the Point Lobos would represent the 20% that was responsible for the 80% of the results. The day I visited Point Lobos was the first time I managed to fill both of my 32 GB memory cards in one day and I had to hike back to my car to copy photos from the SD cards to my laptop and, only then, continued hiking and shooting.
The day I spent at Point Lobos was by far the most rewarding and successful day of my photography career. The number of “keepers” I had that day is astonishing.
Deconstructing Featured Photo
Camera: Canon 60D
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm
Focal Length: 10mm
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 only used 4 bracketed images, out of 5 I originally took, to tone map image (-2, -1, 0, +1 ), 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, I used Stamp Tool to cover wires
- Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce digital noise (sky, water)
- Topaz Detail was used to enhance details in foreground elements ( path, rock, grass )