Monday, July 16, 2012

Point Lobos State Reserve (HDR Scenery)

I recently visited Monterey and went south a bit more also visiting Carmel-by-the-Sea, Point Lobos State Reserve, and Big Sur. This trip along California's beautiful coastline has lead me take many many beautiful photos! I am here to share them with you spread over several blog posts. I hope you enjoy!

Before I get started, I would just like to remind you that I made a Facebook Fan page for this photography blog. You can "Like Us" here. I have also made Google+ and Twitter pages. If you follow or "Like" me on these, you can be updated whenever I post something new! :) Please invite your friends too! I'm trying to get more viewers on here. Anyways, as always, enjoy my photos!

Full Resolution Photos and Prints: If you want to see full resolution photos or buy prints of any of the photos you see, they are up on my portfolio for viewing. To view the best photos from this trip, use this link. To view all of the photos from this trip, use this link.

Parts
Point Lobos: Birds and Seals | Squirrels | Flowers and Misc | HDR Scenery | Regular Scenery
Fisherman's Wharf - Monterey, CA: George's Birds | Sapporo Sushi & Steakhouse | Scenery | Birds/Misc Seagulls
Carmel-By-The-Sea: Photos
Message from the Author: The photos today are the HDR sceneries I did at Point Lobos State Reserve. The HDR compositions were combined using Adobe Photoshop. About half of my HDR sequences were ruined because the waves moved too fast so the photos had too much of a difference to be combined, but I did have a few good ones. I hope you enjoy these! I have also put a few photography tips in this post, make sure you read them! :)

Thought the rock formations and flowers looked cool. 

Photography Tip: The best places to take HDR photos is when there are a lot of colors around. See how in in the above photos there are blue, white, yellow, green, and some oranges? When choosing where to take an HDR sequence, you want to choose a place with lot's of colors. 

Rocks and ocean. the reason the water looks so transparent is because I used a polarizing filter on the photos. 

Photography Tip: I know I've gave this tip on a previous post of mine, but here it is again. Polarizing filters can help remove glare from water and shiny surfaces (like glass). The filters can also help saturate the colors in your photos especially blue skies. If you take a lot of scenery photos, a polarizer filter is highly recommended. Please note that that like most filters (except UV) cut out light, which means you must compensate with either: longer exposures, higher ISO, or wider apertures. Polarizing filters usually cut about 1-3 steps of light. It is also recommended that you aim for the filters that cost over $60 as cheaper filters may cause unwanted glare or uneven filtering. Remember, you get what you pay for! My favorite brands are B+W and Hoya. Both companies make very high quality optics. Please also pay close attention to the filter size of your lens if you are purchasing one.


 Not a lot of comments today about the photos. LOL



I hope you have enjoyed these HDR compositions! Next time I will post the regular scenery photos I took at Point Lobos so please check back soon! Please don't forget to share my blog posts with your friends! If you would like to get notifications next time I post, you can "Like" me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter and Google+. These links can also be found on the top of the right sidebar.

Parts
Point Lobos: Birds and Seals | Squirrels | Flowers and Misc | HDR Scenery | Regular Scenery
Fisherman's Wharf - Monterey, CA: George's Birds | Sapporo Sushi & Steakhouse | Scenery | Birds/Misc Seagulls
Carmel-By-The-Sea: Photos
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