Have not been back there in years.Had to look at the Google Sat. View to see where it was.I have a TOM TOM that works good, I think I'll go there this weekend.
How did you Process the image,I'm a sucker for B&W with some Color in it!.
By the way, did not look like a Junk to me.In fact, I did not see it before you said it was there ! Sometimes I look at the overall shot then have to go back and look at the real fine points.This smoke up here in SR is Bad!Playing with my eyes!
You are right about the smoke these days. California has a long summer ahead of it if it is burning this much in June.
Regarding my post approach, it is primarily three layers. For the base layer, I used the B&W filter to drain the color in a controlled way. Over that is a duplicate of that layer that I gave a fairly strong gaussian blur. That layer was set to normal mode, but had a layer mask that I painted on to selectively control the blur/depth of field. The third layer was my original color shot, slightly mucked with, colorwise, with a little bit of blur on a layer set for color blend. Other than that, I had a curves adjustment layer and that was pretty much it, from a technique standpoint. The sky had some nice elements that worked with the diagonal composition, but needed some help to give it a bit more detail in the upper region and a bit more color at the horizon, so there was a little more pixel pushing than just the three layers.
I don't like it particularly much when I see this reduced version in my browser window, even with color managed Safari and a web friendly sRGB profile. The original is in ProPhoto and much, much richer. I tried to compensate a little for how it displayed online, but did not get it as close as I would like. The consolation is that I printed it with my Z3100 at 36" wide on Photo Rag paper and really like it. The ironic part is that had I only seen this on LL, I'm not sure I would have felt enough to post a comment.