San Clemente, CA – Pier


We spent Saturday and Sunday in San Clemente at the Pier shooting some sessions and this was my first visit! Such a cute little beach area! I did not bring my gear for HDR’s or IR. But will plan to visit in the next week or so to get some sunset shots!! The photo above is just hand held standard photo with a texture added. A beautiful day in SoCal!! Look for more pics from here soon! Enjoy!

Carmel Highlands, CA (HDR)

The Northern California Coast is amazing!  This was a little south of Point Lobos.  If I can recall its called Carmel Highlands.  It was the first stop we had this day…what a way to start!  The picture says it all!!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 18.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/22
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Viveza
  • Big Sur, CA – Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park (HDR)

    Big Sur, CA is an amazing place for stunning coastal views!  One of the last stops for the day was Julia Burns State Park.  It is about 35 miles south of Monterey.   You park on PCH (Pacific Coast Highway) and walk a small path for about 5 minutes along a cliffside and this fantastic view arrives!!  On the top left you can see McWay Falls.   This is as close as you can get to the falls.  No paths to the beach at all.  It is kept intact beautifully!!  Look at how blue that water is! Reminds me of Hawaii!!!  Northern California Coastline is tough to beat!!

    I have traveled all over the US…it is easy to say all of California is the most beautiful state in our country!  San Diego, Orange County, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Monterey…and the entire coast!!  Spectacular!  I can just imagine the first settlers thoughts.  No wonder why CA is the most expensive place to live in the US…it is the price of beauty!   More coastal HDR’s coming soon!

    Info from the web:  Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park is a state-protected park in Big Sur, located in Monterey County, California. The park is administered and maintained by California State Parks. It is located 37 miles (60 km) south of Carmel and covers over 3,000 acres (12 km2) of land. A main feature of the park is McWay Falls, which drops over a cliff 80 feet (24.4 m) into the Pacific Ocean. The park is named after Julia Pfeiffer Burns, a respected resident and rancher in the Big Sur region in the early 20th century, who lived in the area for much of her life until her death in 1928.

    The park is located on land that was originally called the Saddle Rock Ranch, because of the rock formation that resembles a saddle in McWay Cove. Christopher McWay and his wife Rachel originally settled the area in the late 19th century. The land passed through several owners until former U.S. House Representative Lathrop Brown and his wife Helen acquired it in 1924. The Browns constructed an elaborate stone house in McWay Cove, one of the first electrified dwellings in Big Sur, powered by the McWay stream. They befriended Julia Pfeiffer-Burns, a local resident, and dedicated the property to her memory in their 1961 bequest to the State of California. The house was torn down as the Browns requested in their will, but some of the walls and fragments of stone staircases remain.

    Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 15.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/22
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Viveza
  • Point Lobos, CA – (ND Filter)

    I have traveled to San Francisco many many times as I have a few top customers in the area.  I have shot around the city tons and had an idea to stay the might before I was leaving in lovely Monterey.  I sent my buddy Horace Kwan (Horace Kwan Photography) an email about my plans and he joined me for a late afternoon drive down the Northern California coast south of Monterey.  This was my first drive down PCH (Pacific Coast Highway) up north.  One word….UNREAL!! It was a perfect day!!!   Clouds, blue sky and amazing blue water!!  We drove about 35 miles down the coast and stopped nearly at every overlook.   Took us a few hours, but all worth it.  We witnessed some stunning coastal scenes.  A cruise I hope to re-visit again one day!!!

    I’ll post my first HDR this Saturday and another next week.   This was from Point Lobos (only 10 minutes south of Monterey).  It was taken on our way back and the clouds arrived at sunset and blocked our chance for great shots.  It was a chance to give my Neutral Density Filter another try!   Whew…a learning curve indeed!   I took about 10 shots to get this one.   As it is a 6 stop filter…it is very dark.  Auto focus is possible, but as lighting gets lower it may not work…manual may be the only option.   So I was able to focus on the rocks and standard settings were thrown out the window.  The black spots on the rock are birds relaxing for the night.   Many long exposures look great in B&W..so I converted it in Silver Efex Pro….very cool!   Practice makes perfect with this ND Filter.   Its a nice photographic challenge!

    Talke Photography Settings:

    • Camera:  Nikon D300
    • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
    • Setting: Manual Mode
    • Filter: B&W ND #106 1.8-64X
    • Focal Length: 24.0mm
    • ISO: 200
    • Exposure:  10 seconds
    • Aperture:  f/22
    • Gear:  Tripod
    • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Viveza, Silver Efex Pro