Recently I returned to the Big Sur area in hopes of photographing Pfeiffer Falls; however, due to last summer's massive Basin-Complex fire, the trails were closed. As with my last post, I did not come away empty-handed.
Due to the area's warming weather, fog developed over the peaks of the Santa Lucia Range providing Scott Schilling and myself an opportunity to create some fun images.
For this image, I used a B+W circular polarizer, then double-processed the Raw file three times: once of the shadows, once for the midtones, and once for the sky and fog. Using layers and masks in Photoshop CS4, I combined the three exposures for a more balanced image. Finally, I applied Nik Software's Color Efex Pro's foliage filter to heighten the green foliage.
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