When you drive along California Route 1 from Los Angeles to San Francisco you always have list of places you MUST visit and photograph.
Sites such as Point Lobos, Pfeiffer State Beach, Morro Bay have become iconic travel photography locations, and they attract photographers and photo enthusiasts from all over the world. At the same time, I love to have small discoveries along the way. You make the wrong turn, or you get lost, and you have the chance to uncover some new, not very known locations.
This is one of those unexpected discoveries. Spooner’s Cove is located around Morro Bay, but not exactly on Route 1, and by taking an unplanned turn to Pecho Valley Road I was rewarded with this beautiful spot.
Deconstructing Featured Photo
Camera: Canon 60D
Lens: Sigma 17-70mm
Focal Length: 23mm
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 used only 5 brackets to tone map image (-3, -2, -1, 0, +1 ), 16-bit tiff image was exported to Lightroom. (Tutorial: Complete HDR Workflow).
- Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce digital noise (sky).
- Topaz Detail was used to enhance details in foreground elements (path, trees, vegetation)