In the Tunnels again (3 photos)

I showed two of my Chaparralian friends the tunnels in Deer Canyon at the Del Mar Mesa Preserve. The place remains hard to resist, and a challenge to photograph. I’m also exploring different approaches to develop these photos, and I quite like how these turned out.

This style with reduced contrast or a “washed out” look appears to be quite popular at the moment. It’s quite simple to achieve actually (and it’s not necessary to buy fancy Lightroom preset packs!;-) Using Tone Curve adjustments, it’s the result of simply raising the black point up, where it’s not true black anymore and more like a dark grey, while also lowering the white point below pure white.

This actually means destroying tonal information of course – but, add a bit of split toning and hey presto, our chaparral tunnels look a little bit like contemporary British landscape photography (especially the first photo, above). ;-)

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