The Lone Cypress Tree


I know I’ve said time and time again I don’t re-process old photos. Well, that’s not exactly true. Maybe 5/10,000 photos I will reprocess, and this is one of them below.

I used the Dramatic Chipmunk preset from my Lightroom Presets (available in the Get Awesome Stuff link at the very very top). But I changed the preset a little to take out more grain and do a bit more noise-reduction. I’ve been re-doing some of the presets and making new ones. I was going to send out a little bonus package for free to all existing customers as thanks! 🙂

Daily Photo – The Lone Cypress Tree

This is kind of a famous tree, I think. Well, I guess it’s famous if you’ve heard of it, otherwise it’s completely unknown. It’s one of those things you find out is famous, and then every time you see it, you think, “Oh that is the famous tree.”

It’s kind of like when you play trivia games with annoying people. You know the ones. Every now and then, a question comes up that is INCREDIBLY TRIVIAL and some annoying person will guffaw, “Oh My God, that is sooooo easy!” Of course it is easy if they happen to know this incredibly small piece of arcane information! Either you know it, or you don’t.

The Lone Cypress Tree

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2009-10-16 00:00:00
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/30
  • Aperture16
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length42.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

  • Hey Trey.. When are you thinking you’ll send out updated presets? Looking fwd to them

  • Casper van Zyl


  • Sweet!!!!

  • susan ratcliff

    Beautiful! I think this is somewhere near Carmel isn’t it??

  • Love this photo – just beautiful. And love your presets also. Just started watching the New Zealand tutorial and love it so much. I feel like I’m there. Learned something new for my HDR – exposure delay mode – been using the timer with 2 second delay and bracketing which I learned from your HDR tutorial, but exposure delay is new for me. So I’m going to take my Nikon D7000 out and experiment. Also, very interesting what you said about not using the brightest exposure in certain situations because of how it does things in Photomatix sometimes. Cool. Love learning stuff like that. One of the things that you’ve done for me in photography is given permission to experiment and think outside the box. I do that with the books I write and I’m so thankful for feeling the freedom to do it with my photography as well.

  • Is this the one they tried to Trademark?

  • Jacques Gudé

    What an interesting coincidence. I shot this same tree on 17 Mile Drive on 5 April (day before your post, though I’m just seeing yours now on your site) and posted it the same day on Instagram (@jacquesgude) while exploring the area with my family.

  • Trey Ratcliff

    Thanks! 🙂

  • Trey Ratcliff

    hehe small world!

  • Trey Ratcliff

    Yes – crazy eh?

  • What is it that makes lone tree photos so captivating? Where is this? Thanks for sharing. Alex @

  • I believe there’s a law and a sign at the site stating that it’s illegal to sell images of this location?

  • jshaw6000

    Wow, I shot this a day AFTER his post. I just got home from Monterey and had this post pop up in my feed.
    Nice photo btw. You got lucky with the weather. It was dull overcast on Sunday :(.

  • Jacques Gudé

    Yeah, it sure is. And yes, jshaw6000, we certainly did get lucky with the weather. It was spectacular all four days we were there, including when we went out whale watching. Did the whale watching on my daughter’s 13th birthday and we lucked out there as well; saw gray whales, humpbacks, all manner of dolphins and more. Spectacular area. We all agreed we needed to live there!

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