I found this beautiful rock (cliff?) at the small and secluded Spooner’s Beach in Montana De Oro State Park. The beach is located approximately midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco when you drive along California State Route 1.
I have already featured the Spooner’s Cove layered arch in my older post. It is amazing that such a small and not very known spot has two distinctive attractions. This is any travel photographer’s dream.
Montana De Oro State Park is the great place to spend a day. My favorite places in the park are the hiking trails along the elevated Pacific shore. But it can be extremely windy close to the shore. At some point during the day, you will start looking for a quiet place to relax. Spooner’s Cove serves as an amazing refuge from gusty winds where you can lie down under the sun or have quite picnic with a breathtaking view.
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
- Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce digital noise (sky, water)
- Topaz Detail was used to enhance details in foreground elements ( main rock )