The beach north of Morro Rock is wide, flat, expansive, and popular. The late afternoon found the beach still filled with families and kids playing in the water. Definitely a great beach!
The original of this image had the poppies in the background burnt out against the sky. In LR, I created 5 virtual copies, each with a + or – value of 1 or 2, creating virtual bracketing. I exported them as tiffs. In Photomatix, I blended them to create a single image. The last move was into LR6, creating a slightly warmer cast, creating a gradient from the upper left to lower right (about half way). In the gradient, I adjusted the temp and tint sliders to adjust the sky. Final touch was a bit of clarification and dodging of the poppy in the foreground.
I’m adding meta tags to all my photos in LR. Given I have digital pictures going back to 1999, this is a bit of a task. This is an HDR in Photomatix, done with bracketed images from an old point-and-shoot camera. According to the EXIf, this was shot at iso 80, 4.1mm lens, f3.5.
Halloween is upon us already! Not sure if the 50mm lens needs calibration in the Df for front or back focus – think I will practice a bit on that one.
Handheld HDR using the Vivitar Series 1 lens, 135mm, f2.3.
I expect the fire roads of many back country areas are dirt, but perhaps a little more green, with a few more trees. In the dry mountains and hills of California, this is a pretty typical scene. However, when you are in the middle of it all, taking the time to look gives you an appreciation for the beauty of plant and animal life. Up here are lizards and coyotes, snakes and birds. The plants are adapted to a life in a dry land, so leaves are small and flowers appear with a small amount of rain, so the seeds for the next season can regenerate the species. The air, too, can be filled with smells, such as the scent of resinous plants.
If you like, click on the image for a bigger view. This is a panorama processed in LR5 and Photomatix Pr.