Looking Back at Point Lobos

Surf - Point Lobos - 2008

This morning I happened across an earlier post of mine from 2009 that pointed to a New York Times Travel section article about Edward Weston and Point Lobos titled “In Point Lobos, Where Edward Weston Saw the World Anew“.

“The place has never been the same since Weston showed it to us. Just as his friend Ansel Adams has defined how generations view Yosemite and the High Sierra, so it is hard to look at the dark ocean, tide pools, kelp beds, sand, stone and bent cypresses of Point Lobos and Big Sur without filtering them through the lens of Edward Weston.”

Around the same time, a friend gave me a copy of Weston’s Daybooks – fascinating reading about his photographic – and other! – explorations.

Looking to do one of my daily photo editing projects, I explored back through my archive for photos I had taken in 2008 from a visit to Point Lobos – and came across the image above. It’s not done in the Weston black and white style – I tried but liked this color version much better!

The original image was shot using my (since sold) Canon EOS 40D DSLR with the 24-105mm f/4 IS lens. It was post-processed in Lightroom 3 and then in Photoshop with Nik’s Viveza and Color Efex 3. It’s the color of that water in the wave and the gentle golden beige in the sandstone that kept me in color, rather than black and white, for this image!