I took the featured photo just minutes before leaving Grand Manan Island in the late evening. I was on my way to the ferry, ready to head back to the mainland when I realized that I had at least 20-30min to kill before the departure.
I left my car at the ferry terminal parking lot and went around the harbor hunting for interesting shots. I was not optimistic at all because the sky was plain boring and soft evening light was ruined by the atmospheric haze.
When I saw floating logs I knew it was my chance. I intentionally minimized the impact of the sky in my composition, making the logs the focal point instead.
Shooting & Processing
I took 3 bracketed shots on a tripod (-1, 0, +1) as I usually do, but I used only middle exposure to edit image in Lightroom.
I used single RAW image editing in Lightroom. I described the process in Introduction to Lightroom Rapid Editing System.
The goal of the editing was to emphasize the impact of the floating logs in the foreground. First, I cropped the original image, making it square. Second, I applied Lightroom preset Drought from my Landscape Collection, highlighting the logs with the bright color.
The Lightroom Preset Editing Formula: Drought (2, 9, 17, 30)
Deconstructing Featured Photo
Camera: Sony a6000
Lens: Sony 16-70mm
Focal Length: 34mm
Bracketing: 3 shots (-1, 0, +1 )
Tripod: FEISOL Tournament CT-3442 – Check my FEISOL Tournament CT-3442 Review.
Ballhead: FEISOL CB-40D
- Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce digital noise (sky, water).
- Topaz Clarity was used to enhance details and boost colors (land, falls).