Mendocino Coast

Waterfall @ Russian Gulch SP
Waterfall @ Russian Gulch SP

The Mendocino Coast between Fort Bragg and the town of Mendocino is one of the best spots on the Northern coast for photographers; marvelous views and some redwood forests as well.  What’s not to like?  I had a chance to spend a couple of days there and managed to get some images to share.  I spent much of the time at MacKerricher State Park but also managed to get to Jug Handle State Reserve, Todd Point at Pomo Bluffs, and Russian Gulch State Park. I stayed on the west side of Highway 1 at Jug Handle; Not necessarily the best strategy but that’s where the water is. One morning, after the sun was up, I worked Noyo Harbor and several shots from that time made the cut.  I also made a brief stop in the Town of Mendocino.

Sunset at MacKerricher SP
Sunset at MacKerricher SP

I continued my quest to use HDR when it is appropriate.  This photo of a sunset at MacKerricher was done with HDR. In this case, I used Enfuse again.  I did a version using Lightroom 6.1 but this one is the better of the two.  While the waves were large, both Enfuse and Lightroom handled the water fairly well.  While it’s hard to see in this jpeg version, in the ‘full-up’ version it’s obvious that Enfuse handled the details much better than Lightroom.

You can see  the results of the trip, image-wise, at REZphotography.

And one more thing – best coffee of the trip was at Headlands Coffeehouse in downtown Fort Bragg.