That was the day when we had amazing cloud formations over Island of Montreal. My original plan was to wait until evening and try to capture sunset colors over Sait Lawrence river.
But when I saw these shapes and colors in the local park around noon, I knew I had to stop and take a few shots. All I had with me is my favorite compact camera – Pansonic Lumix Lx7.
My goal was to come up with the composition that emphasizes an amazing color contrast between white clouds, deep blue sky and green grass, and at the same time to make the shapes of the clouds the main attraction.
Lumix LX7 allows to shoot maximum of 3 bracketed exposures, but it was more than enough because the clouds acted as the huge natural light diffuser, making light much softer than you would expect on sunny day in early afternoon.
I shot 3 bracketed shots (-1, 0, +1) hand-held.
For the processing, I used Lightroom HDR based workflow. I outlined this technique in my latest tutorial “Lightroom HDR – Natural Looking HDR In Lightroom”
The main challenge while editing the featured photo was excessive digital noise produced by small Lumix LX7 sensor and I had to apply very aggressive settings in Topa DeNoise to reduce it.
Deconstructing Featured Photo
Camera: Lumix LX-7
Focal Length: 4.7 (24)mm
Processing: Lightroom HDR Based Workflow
Lightroom: import, tagging, HDR Merge, preset based processing (Point Lobos preset fromLandscape Collection)
Photoshop: contrast, color correction. I used the Stamp Tool to clean up the foreground (grass).
- Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce digital noise (sky). (Check my Topaz DeNoise Product Review).
- Topaz Detail was used to enhance details.