Off North Point

Off North Point

Perhaps the only drawback to Point Lobos is that, because it is so popular, it has to be closely managed. You walk on the paths, and the paths, where there is any question, are set off by cable guides. It makes for a “stand here, shoot this” kind of experience at the really good vistas…but then…they are really good vistas! and they have done a good job of putting you where you need to stand to see them to best effect.

However that means that if you shoot wide or try for an alternative composition, you are likely to get a cable guide in the frame. No way around it.

For this shot I backed away to the far side of the path to catch the frame of the lichen covered treeĀ skeleton branches. I am tempted to go into Photoshop and clone out the cable…but then…it is part of the scene too…part of the experience of Point Lobos today. So it says in this time. Maybe later I will change my mind.

And now that I have called your attention too that obtruding cable, I am really hoping that the overall strength of the image will keep folks from noticing it until it is too late to spoil the image for them…if it spoils the image at all.

Sony DSC H50 at 31mm equivalent. F5.6 @ 1/800 @ ISO 100. Programed auto.

Recovery in Lightroom to bring out the light in the fog. Some Fill Light for the foreground branches. Added Clarity and Vibrance in the Presence panel. Sharpen Landscape preset.

From Monterey Bay 09.

8 Responses to “10/1/2009”

  1. 1 terry
    10/01/2009 at 7:26 am

    Marvelous work…….Beautiful catch!

  2. 2 Wendy
    10/01/2009 at 7:47 am

    very beautiful I always enjoy your pic’s of the day.

  3. 10/01/2009 at 8:23 am

    Lovely shot Stephen.

  4. 10/01/2009 at 9:58 am

    Excellent picture. Did you have to travel far to get such a view?

  5. 5 singraham
    10/01/2009 at 11:56 am

    I live in Southern Maine so, yes, Point Lobos CA is a ways to travel…but I was in Watsonville, CA for business last week, and that is just about 40 miles north of Point Lobos in the center of Monterey Bay. I travel a lot for work. The view itself is only a short walk from the parking at Cypress Grove.

  6. 10/05/2009 at 6:22 pm

    Wow, that is simply an awesome photo!

  7. 10/07/2009 at 11:54 am

    Excellent. This is perfectly stunning!

  8. 8 Maryann(mudmenaneOP group)
    10/07/2009 at 10:58 pm

    This is one of the most beautiful shots I have seen in a long while. Not only is it composed deliciously but the lighting is stunning. I can envision a large version over my fireplace.

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