For the last couple of months, each time I posted a winter photograph I always hoped that it would be the last photo of the season with snow in it. But, it looks like winter is never going to end. It is now the end of March but the temperature is still below freezing and, we had another snowfall only a couple of days ago.
However, the evening I took the featured photo was very warm and pleasant with the temperature slightly above freezing and no wind. I was in Old Montreal and it was the perfect time for photo hunting.
I noticed this spot because of the unusual combination of three light sources. Source number one was ambient light which was still present. The second light source was a lamp post behind me which had a prominent orange hue and, the light I placed in my composition, for some inexplicable reason, had a different color; it was yellow.
It looked and felt very unnatural, as if I was on a movie set. But, unnatural and unusual stuff very often result in interesting photography.
Shooting and Processing
I did not have a tripod with me but, even if I did, I probably would not have bothered to set it up. I shot three bracketed shots hand-held (-1, 0, +1) while trying to keep my camera as steady as possible because the slowest shutter speed was at 1/40.
I used the HDR Pro module of Photoshop (check my free guide “Natural Looking HDR Workflow“) to merge 3 bracketed shots to HDR.
Deconstructing Featured Photo
Processing: HDR Processed
Lightroom: import, tagging, export to Photoshop HDR Pro
Photoshop: 3 exposures ( -1, 0, +1) used to tone map image, 32-bit tiff image was saved to Lightroom (see my free guide “Natural Looking HDR Workflow”)
Lightroom: straightening, cropping, color correction, export as PSD image
Photoshop: cleaning, contrast.
– Topaz DeNoise helped to eliminate noise in the sky and ocean