Windswept Tree

This old tree shows years of exposure to weather and the ocean.  This tree was found on the 17-mile drive in Carmel, CA near the Ghost Cypress.  Photo was processed in Photoshop Elements by adjusting levels and adding a high pass filter.  Final product was burned.  I guess it is easy to see that I love trees!

Camera settings: Canon T1i, F/22, 1/80 sec., ISO 1600, focal length 55 mm.  No flash.

Here is another take on the Lone Cypress in Carmel, CA.  I processed in Photoshop Elements by adjusting levels, changing to b/w and then adding a sepia tone.  I did a little burning as well.  You can see the fog rolling over the mountains in the background.

Camera settings: Canon T1i, F/25,  1/100 sec., ISO 500, focal length 74 mm.  No flash.

Wet

Cute little seal coming out of the water of Monterey Bay to sun himself on the rocks.  This was taken where the famous Lone Cypress is located.  Processed in Photoshop Elements and Topaz Simplify buz sim adjusted.  Increased the saturation within the plug-in and added some contrast.

Camera settings: Canon T1i, F/29, 1/250 sec., ISO 1600, focal length 250 mm.  No flash.

B/W

Here is another shot of a tree taken on the 17-mile drive yesterday in Carmel.  This one I felt worked in b/w better.  What do you think?  Processed in Photoshop Elements with adjusted levels, dodging and burning and changing to b/w.  This one I had to straighten quite a bit (about 3 degrees).  The fog bank in the background kind of added some depth.

Camera settings: Canon T1i, F/9, 1/400 sec., ISO 100, focal length 55 mm.  No flash.

Ghost Tree

Taken today in Carmel, Ca. along the 17-mile-drive.   Processed in Photoshop Elements by adjusting levels, burning and dodging and cloning out some fence line.  What a gorgeous day to be in Carmel and Monterey!  I thought about publishing this in b/w but decided the blue ocean set the tree off best.  Thanks for stopping by today.

Camera settings: Canon T1i, F/22, 1/60 sec., ISO 200, focal length 55 mm.  No flash.

Lone Cypress

Taken yesterday along 17-mile drive in Carmel, CA.  Adjusted levels, highlights and cropped.  Applied Topaz Simplify watercolor adjusted for contrast.  Extensively dodged and burned.

Camera settings: F/9, 1/200 sec., ISO 100, focal length 74 mm.  No flash.

Here is the unedited original:

And here is a close up of the cracked rock face.  You can see the tethers stabilizing the cypress tree.

Worn

Photographed in Carmel, CA on a trip with friends yesterday.  This old fireplug had great texture.  I processed with poster edges in Photoshop Elements.  Adjusted levels.

Camera settings: F/14, 1/125 sec., ISO 800, focal length 53 mm.  No flash.