Monterey Sunrise

Photomatix 5.0

If you are into doing HDR photography then make sure to get the latest version of the Photomatix software. They just released version 5.0 and it has some nice new features and great improvements in image quality. I was really struggling with prior version of the software on the following image, it looked like crap, no matter what I tried to do with it. With new version they have a new mode, they call it “Balanced” and it really makes some wonders. I was much happier with how it turned out on this photo.

In Pacific Grove

If you look on the right side under categories, you’ll find a few other images from this area. California’s coast line is beautiful, no matter where you go and Pacific Grove in Monterey is no exception.

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Friday Mystery Photo

All I can say is that I would not mind to have a house in that part of the world and live there full time or at least have an ability to visit it many times each year. You probably know many places like that, this is one of them. But to be specific to this photo, you have to tell us what it is and where it is.

Saturday Update: Great participation on this one, you guys rock! Good suggestions on where it is, but artandkitchen got it right, it is Carmel Mission Basilica in Carmel (California)!

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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

Last night we watched “Chasing Mavericks” and it made me think about California coastline. This photo is not exactly the same area where they do a lot of surfing, but it made think about this spot as I watched the movie. We stopped here during the bright sunny day, not the best time for photography, but when you have only one day to cover a lot of places it is hard to be picky. There were quite a few people on the short trail that takes from the parking to this view and even during the day there were a few folks with serious cameras.

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Bixby Bridge

All right, one more this week, had to make it seven in the row. Three from the East coast, one in the middle and three from the West coast. I just processed a few photos I took last year while driving on HW1, all of the Bixby Bridge, from different angles and I’ll share them over time, not at once… that would be too quick… it took me one year to get to them to process after all, can’t just put it out in one post.

This is probably one of the most common views of the bridge and the reason to it is because parking lot is right above me. There is a little hike that takes you a bit down to see the bridge from this angle and pretty much everyone who stops at the bridge comes down this way and take their photos. You can also cross the street to the left, walk up a little dirt road and take photos of the bridge with the ocean in the background. I went there but didn’t see anyone else following me, and that photo is probably going to be next in my little Bixby Bridge photo series.

Big Sur is a beautiful place and I wish I had better access to it to take more shots like this during different times of the year and weather, not easy task while living on the East coast.

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Friday Mystery Photo

Great sunset or sunrise….I guess if you know where it is you can tell our readers which one it is. It is TGF!!!

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