Sunset at Carmel Beach City Park (California)

This is another photo from my very first trip to the West Coast. where I drove from Los Angeles to San Francisco in five days. I did not rush and instead took my time, trying to discover and capture the beauty of the California coast.

The first few days of my travel photography trip were not comfortable at all. It was chilly with extremely strong winds and, at times, it was challenging to setup a tripod and keep it steady so I could take series of bracketed shots for HDR processing.

I arrived in the town of Carmel by early evening after completing the most interesting part of the drive: Big Sur. And this when the weather suddenly changed. The wind was completely gone and it became very pleasant and warm, almost t-shirt warm.

I found myself at the north end of the Carmel City Park Beach. I was facing beautiful beach rocks illuminated by the evening light with the sunset sky in the background and the legendary Pebble Beach golf course just behind me. It was perfect.

Travel Photography Blog - California. Carmel. Carmel Beach City Park
California. Carmel. Carmel Beach City Park
Loc: 36.557954, -121.932091

 

Deconstructing Featured Photo

Travel Photography Blog: 3 Bracketed Shots ( -1; 0; +1 )

Camera: Canon 60D
Lens:  Sigma 10-20mm
Focal Length: 10mm
ISO: 320
Aperture: F8
Bracketing: 3 shots ( -1, 0, +1 )
Tripod: hand-held

Processing: HDR Processed in Photomatix 

Lightroom: import, tagging, export to Photomatix
Photomatix: I only used 3 bracketed 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, contrast, color correction

Photoshop Plugins:

  • Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce digital noise (sky, water)
  • Topaz Detail was used to enhance details in foreground elements ( beach rocks )
Archiving: I save all my photos as JPEG (quality: 100%) at full resolution and with the help of the Lightroom plugin, I synchronized them with my portfolio on SmugMug for safekeeping, sharing, image hosting and online sales.

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