The Tree Stub at Cypress Cove in Point Lobos (California)

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I’ve already featured Cypress Cove, which is located in Point Lobos, in one of my previous posts, but today’s photo was taken from the opposite side of the cove, which allows you to actually see the exact spot from where I took the Cypress Cove at Point Lobos photo.

A few weeks ago, I released a Free Lightroom Preset Collection to the readers of my blog and, since then, it’s been, by far, the most popular item on my blog. The collection has been downloaded thousands of times and the feedback has been pretty overwhelming.

California. Big Sur. Point Lobos
Loc: 36.523464, -121.952609

Last week, I made public my first premium collection of Landscapes Vol. 1 where I assembled my top 20 presets I’ve developed over the last five years. One of the presets in the Landscapes Vol.1 Collection was based on the editing steps and the style of today’s featured photo. The preset is called Point Lobos.

Shooting and Processing

When I was planning this shot I wanted to get everything in focus from the tree stub to the infinity. I set the aperture to F/13 to extend the depth of field. I used manual focus with the zoom functionality to make sure that I had all the elements of the composition, including the background elements, in focus.

I was shooting on my Feisol tripod and took only three bracketed shots (-1, 0, +1) because the weather was changing from a sunny morning to an overcast afternoon, causing the light to not be as dynamic anymore.

But, in the end, I did not have to use HDR processing at all. I used single RAW and Lightroom preset based processing, using the Point Lobos preset from my Landscapes Collection.

For the processing, I used a Lightroom preset based workflow, using one of the presets from my Landscapes Collection (you can always download free presets here) constructing Featured Photo

Processing: Lightroom Preset Based Workflow

Lightroom: import, tagging, preset based processing (Point Lobos preset from Landscape Collection)
Photoshop: contrast, color correction.

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