Pfeiffer Beach is probably my favorite beach in Central California. I featured it once in one of my previous posts. I failed to mention before that another feature about this remarkable and unique place is the color of the sand.
The purple sand of Pfeiffer Beach is the result of manganese garnet from the hills surrounding the beach. The color is more prominent close to the slopes, and it completely disappears when approaching the shore.
As you can see in my featured photo, the purple color is quite prominent and it serves as a main attraction in my composition.
Deconstructing Featured Photo
Processing: HDR Processed in Photomatix
Lightroom: import, tagging, export to Photomatix
Photomatix: I used 3 images to tone map image ( -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, removing HDR artifacts in water, contrast.
- Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce digital noise (sky)
- Topaz Detail was used to enhance details in foreground elements (cliffs)