Garrapata State Park is one of the must-see and must-photograph travel photography locations along California State Route 1. Normally you hit Garrapata late afternoon just before completing Big Sur coastal drive.
Somehow I never had luck at Garrapata shore. There was always something interfering with my photography. I never managed to take any interesting photos at Garrapata due to the bad weather or poor planning.
During my last Big Sur coastal drive in the beginning of February, the weather was outstanding. While approaching Garrapata I was sure that luck was on my side this time and I would be able to capture beautiful sunset at the park. Here are some interesting photos I took on the same afternoon just before driving to Garrapata:
But that was not the case. Just a few minutes after I arrived the weather suddenly changed with heavy and cold clouds descended from the mountains, covering entire horizon.
I took featured photo minutes before the heavy rain started and chased me from the beach.
Deconstructing Featured Photo
Camera: Canon 60
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm
Focal Length: 10mm
Bracketing: 5 shots (-2; -1; 0, +1; +2)
Tripod: FEISOL Tournament CT-3442
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Ballhead: FEISOL CB-40
Processing: HDR Processed in HRD Expose 3
Lightroom: import, tagging, export to HDR Expose 3
HDR Expose 3: I used 4 photos to tone map image (-2; -1; 0, +1). 32-bit tiff image was exported to Lightroom. (check my review HDR Expose 3 – King of Natural Looking HDR)
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 (rocks)