More “fall colors” from Montreal. Normally, the colors of the “fall foliage” are yellow and gold and on rare occasion, you can find the tree with bright red, “burning” colors. I spotted this tree a couple of days prior to the day I took this shot, and I waited for good weather with favorable light. When I saw the bright sky with white clouds that served as a natural light diffuser, I knew it was my day.
I composed the shot to make the red colors of the tree, and fallen leaves on the ground, the main elements of the composition, and then I waited for 15-20 minutes for the rowers to pass by.
When I was processing the image in Photoshop, I realized that the small tree in the foreground was the real destruction and I had to use the Stamp Tool to cover/erase it. At the very end of the processing I decided to flip the image horizontally. I thought that the rowers moving from left to right would improve the composition and make it more natural.
Deconstructing Featured Photo
Processing: HDR Processed in Photomatix
Lightroom: import, tagging, export to Photomatix
Photomatix: I used 3 images to tone map image (-2; 0; +2), 16-bit tiff image was exported to Lightroom. (check my tutorial Before & After – HDR With Photomatix)
Lightroom: straightening, cropping, export as PSD image
Photoshop: Here I did some trickery: I flipped image horizontally with the goal to improve composition and I erased small tree using Stamp Tool.
- Topaz DeNoise I applied pretty aggressive settings to eliminate digital noise in the areas of sky and water
- Topaz Detail was used to enhance details in foreground elements (tree, leaves)