Soberanes Point, California. Phase One XF 100MP, 240mm Schneider lens, 1/1000 second @ f9, ISO 50.
For photographic historians, the name Point Lobos will be closely associated with photographers Ansel Adams and Edward Weston. On my recent Southwest USA expedition with Tony Hewitt, accompanied by Barbara, Katherine, Marie and Grant, we planned to visit the famous headland only to be met by closed roads. Huge swells pounded the coast and the rangers appeared worried that tourists like us would be swept off the rocks.
And just maybe they were right. The challenge for photographers when travelling is to adapt to the circumstances presented to them and fortunately, Tony and I remembered another couple of locations further south. Just before Soberanes Point, we pulled off the road for a smorgasbord of opportunities: back lighting, plumes of sea spray, breaking waves, jagged rocks.
Interpretation of a raw file (or of a negative, as Ansel Adams would say), is incredibly important. The raw file is merely the collection of pixels in a format that can be adjusted during post-production. You can see my unadjusted raw file here...