It’s True Confession time.
On Monday, April 1, I put up the original post of this shot, with the rather cryptic commentary: California Highway 1 is one of the most beautiful — and thrilling — roads in the world. I also said that there was no editing in Photoshop.
I received a fair number of comments complimenting me on the shot and agreeing that it is a spectacular road. I should have felt great. I didn’t. I felt a bit like a fraud.
It was intended to be an April Fools joke, but nobody called me on it.
It started like this: in 2013, a friend joined us for a weekend on the Sonoma coast. She had never driven that stretch of Highway 1 before and she found it more than just a little unsettling. There are parts where if looks for a moment like you’ll go right off the edge before a curve saves your life by appearing at the last second. It goes on like this for miles. For the uninitiated it does wonders for the digestion.
I made a number of tries to get a shot of that perspective but was unable to due to lack of turnouts for parking and the risk of getting flattened or run off the cliff by a truck. So, in 2014 I go the best shot I could and Photoshopped it the rest of the way as a gag for my friend. There are two versions. A subtle one, as above and in the original post on April 1, and this not-so-subtle one. Maybe I should have posted it instead:
Here’s the original shot:
And so, as the late Paul Harvey used to say, “Now you know the rest of the story.”
(Sony RX100. RAW processing in DxO Pro; Lots of editing in Adobe Photoshop.)