Buried Rocks, Sand Dunes, Ripples, B&W

Morro Rock Beach, Morro Bay, CA

Another wind blown sand pattern from Morro Rock Beach taken during a drive back to Northern California using the much more time consuming, but infinitely more scenic route along Hwy 101 and eventually Hwy 1 / Pacific Coast Highway.  The sand dunes along this beach are constantly being shaped and create these lovely patterns.

Post-processing was performed in Silver EFex Pro 2.  While trying out different presets I have saved from previous efforts, there were several presets that gave the appearance of a film negative, especially in the sand patterns towards the upper right.  In the end, I stayed away from anything that was too extreme and just made sure the light and dark areas of the sand ripples were distinct and accentuated.  I even considered bringing back the color of the rocks (light tan, white, grey) through selective coloring, but decided against it after 15 minutes of work using control points.  Again, the effect did not compliment the photograph as I hoped.

More posts from that day’s photography:

EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center weighted metering mode, 23mm, ISO 100, 1/160 sec, f/8

Buried Rocks, Sand Dunes, Ripples, B&W.  Morro Rock Beach, Morro Bay, California. December 30, 2011. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.


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