Archive for the 'Point Lobos' Category

06
Oct
09

10/6/2009

Bluefish Cove

Bluefish Cove

I almost missed this. I was done for the day as the fog rolled in more heavily across Point Lobos after noon, and was headed out when I though, “Oh why not check Whaler’s Cove?” And, wouldn’t you know, the fog still stood well off there and the whole bay opened clear. There is a trail up to this vista from the parking lot (where you joggle with the divers for space), and it is always worth a look. As you can see, the fog was just drifting over the point and East Grove, but the water of Bluefish Bay was just as named: intense blue.

Sony DSC H50 at 31mm equivalent. F5.6 @ 1/640th @ ISO 100. Programed auto.

Recovery in Lightroom for the white highlights and to bring up the fog. Blackpoint to the right. Added Clarity and Vibrance in the Presence panel. Sharpen landscape preset.

From Monterey Bay 09.

05
Oct
09

10/5/2009

In China Bay...from China Beach

In China Bay...from China Beach

As I mentioned previously, the stairway down to China Beach was open this year and I was able to climb down for the first time. Amazing place. (See 9/28). This is the headland along the south shore of China Beach with fog rolling behind it.

Sony DSC H50 at 31mm equivalent. F5.0 @ 1/250th @ ISO 100. Programed auto.

Recovery in Lightroom for the fog and sky. A good deal of Fill Light to open the shadows on the rock. Blackpoint slightly right. Added Clarity and Vibrance. Sharpen landscape preset. Cropped slightly for composition.

From Monterey Bay 09s.

04
Oct
09

10/4/2009

Hidden Beach Again

Hidden Beach Again

Happy Sunday!

A second view of Hidden Beach at Point Lobos, CA. (see 9/29) This time from actual beach level using the H50’s flip out monitor and the super macro ability to create an image with maximum depth. Because of the fog I did not have to worry about a sharp horizon in this shot.

Sony DSC H50 at 31mm equivalent. F5.6 @ 1/320th @ ISO 100. Programed Auto.

In Lightroom, just added Clarity and Vibrance and Sharpen landscape preset. Blackpoint just to the right.

From Monterey Bay 09.

03
Oct
09

10/3/2009

Fog over South Point and Cypress Grove

Fog over South Point and Cypress Grove

Like I said…no such thing as a bad day at Point Lobos. Even the fog is epic! This is a shot from the Sea Lion Point trail looking back at South Point and Cypress Grove. One of the classic views at Point Lobos. The blowing fog, moving in across the point, adds some mystery and drama, without detracting significantly from the view.

Sony DSC H50 at 31mm equivalent. F5.6 @ 1/500th @ ISO 100. Programed auto.

Recovery in Lightroom for the fog effects. Recovery, as I have mentioned before, reduces the highlights in the image. In the case of fog, a lot of what you are looking at is scattered light. Recovery removes a layer of that so that you see deeper into the fog, and increases the contrast between light and dark areas within the fog so that it looks altogether more transparent….as it does in real life. Added Clarity and Vibrance in the Presence panel. Blackpoint just right. Sharpen landscape preset.

From Monterey Bay 09.

02
Oct
09

10/2/2009

Splender in the Grass

Splender in the Weeds

Still at Point Lobos from my visit last Sunday, but something a bit different. It would not do to get lost in the view and the drama of the fog blowing in, and miss the little details at your feet. Or so I say. As always the Sony H50s flip out LCD and super macro setting makes shots like this easy. Flip out, hold low and close, frame, shoot when it looks good.

I am not sure what this is, but the contrast between the spiky balls and the creamy pendants behind was arresting in reality, and makes, I think, a find study as an image.

Sony DSC H50 at about 40mm equivalent. F5.6 @ 1/320th @ ISO 100. Programed auto.

Just my most basic added Clarity, Vibrance, and Sharpen landscape preset in Lightroom.

From Monterey Bay 09.

01
Oct
09

10/1/2009

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 tree¬†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.

30
Sep
09

9/30/2009

Point Lobos Fog

Point Lobos Fog

There is no such thing as a bad day at Point Lobos…not even a bad day for photography. When I got there on this year’s visit, the fog was already blowing over the point, and was actually quite heavy at Cypress Grove. Still the scene had its charm.

Compositionally this is a challenging shot. Normally I would not have put the upright tree trunk so near center, but it was necessary to put the fog bound tree on the offshore rock where I wanted it…at the power point (rule of thirds). The result is that the eye is drawn past the upright trunk out into the fog to the tree on the rock…which is what I was after. Only then, after exploring the details in the fog, does the eye come back to the strong shapes in the foreground. Works for me. How about you?

Sony DSC H50 at 31mm equivalent. F5.6 @ 1/500 @ ISO 100. Programed auto.

Cropped slightly from the right in Lightroom for composition. Recovery for the fog (brings out the inner light), added Clarity and Vibrance in the Presence panel, Sharpen landscape preset.

From Monterey Bay 09.