It’s almost always hiking weather in Monterey, California. There’s a nice park there called Jack’s Peak that you reach by driving up a small mountain. The views from the park are magnificent. You have to walk through the forest to get to various vistas, but you get almost a 360 degree view of the surrounding lands: Monterey Bay, Salinas, Carmel Valley, and Carmel towards the Pacific Ocean.
This shot is looking southeast, over Carmel and towards Point Lobos, another beautiful hiking spot. It’s maybe a 5.5 mile distance as the crow flies (using this handy tool, because I’m terrible at distances). Everything is close by in the Monterey area.
Seeing this really makes me want to go back. We were only there for nine months. Enough to capture a little piece of my heart.
It was super bright this day! I decreased the highlights and lightened the blacks; increased the clarity and upped the vibrance. I dehazed a bit and then used graduated filters and adjustment brushes to work on the sky and the distant ground. I had to bring back a bit of the color and contrast without losing too much detail. Here’s the original for comparison:
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