Shark Fin Cove (California)

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The Shark Fin Cove is one of the many beautiful beaches along California State Route 1. It is located between Sant Cruze and San Francisco.

Even though I love this spot, I never managed to visit it during the sunset or sunrise hours. Most of my photos of Shark Fin Cove were taken in the middle of the day when the light is harsh. I always had to work hard while editing photos to recover the sky and to soften contrasted shadows.

At some point, I realized that I could use the same settings for other bad light shots so I created the preset Shark Cove and included it into my Landscape Collection under #18.

So today I edited the featured photo of Shark Fin Cove photo using Shark Cove preset.

Shark Fin Cove (California)
California. Shark Fin Cove
Loc: 37.003821, -122.186551

Shooting & Processing

It is not easy to photograph Shark Fin Cove. It is too big to capture the entire place and from the beach level it does not look too impressive.

I took 3 bracketed shots on a tripod but used only middle exposure for editing.

I used Lightroom Rapid Editing for Landscapes, applying Shark Cove preset first from Landscape Collection and then used TOOLKIT adjustments.

Lightroom Editing Formula: Shark Cove (8, 12, 30, 38)

Deconstructing Featured Photo

Camera: Sony a6000
Lens: Sony 10-18mm
Focal Length: 11mm
ISO: 100
Aperture: F10
Shutter: 1/250
Bracketing: 3 (-1, 0, +1)
Tripod: FEISOL Tournament CT-3442  – Check my FEISOL Tournament CT-3442 Review.
Ballhead: FEISOL CB-40D


Lightroom: import, tagging, straightening, Lightroom Rapid Editing, Editing Formula: Shark Cove (8, 12, 30, 38)
Photoshop: color correction, contrast, cleaning with the Stamp Tool.

Photoshop Plugins: 

  • Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce digital noise (sky, water).
  • Topaz Clarity was used to enhance details and boost colors (rocks).