I took this photo few years back when I just bought new camera Canon 60D. I was so excited about much improved image quality and I was taking ton of photos every day trying to learn new body and its functionality.
It was end of summer in Montreal and for couple of weeks we had some amazing and dramatic cloud formations. It would change from day to day but the sky was always crystal clear with no haze and clouds were magnificent.
It was interesting challenge to keep finding new vantage points to take advantage of natural phenomena. To capture this shot I waked all the way to the very end of King Edward Pier in Old Montreal and from the upper level of the pier I could compose wide shot of Old Montreal with amazing clouds above it.
Originally this photo was not intended for HDR Photography processing since I was not doing lots of HDR back then. I took 3 bracketed shots just trying to familiarize myself with functionality of my new camera. Years later I was able to take 3 old bracketed shots and process them for HDR in Photomatix.
Deconstructing Featured Photo
Camera: Canon 60D
Lens: Sigma 17-70mm
Focal Length: 17mm
Bracketing: 3 shots ( -1, 0, +1 )
Tripod: FEISOL Tournament CT-3442 (check my FEISOL Tournament CT-3442 Review )
Ballhead: FEISOL CB-40D
Processing: HDR Processed in Photomatix
Lightroom: import, tagging, export to Photomatix
Photomatix: I used 3 images to tone map image ( -1, 0, +1), 16-bit tiff image was exported to Lightroom. (check my tutorial Before & After – HDR With Photomatix)
Lightroom: straightening, Split Toning to give photo “cross processing look”, cropping, export as PSD image.
Photoshop: cleaning, contrast
- Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce digital noise (sky, water ) – check my Topaz DeNoise Product Review.
- Topaz Detail was used to enhance details in foreground elements (pier, boat)
Archiving: photo was saved as 100% quality JPG at full resolution and uploaded to my portfolio to SmugMug for safekeeping, sharing, image hosting and online sales.