We had a long Canadian Thanksgiving weekend and I had some free time to spend on my photography. On Friday afternoon, when I saw some amazing cloud formations over the city, I thought it would be interesting to photograph the old port and downtown from the Jacques Cartier Bridge, which is the tallest bridge in Montreal.
It’s been a while since I had opportunity to photograph from the Jacques Cartier Bridge, and I had completely forgotten how challenging it is due to its very strong vibrations caused by the heavy traffic. My original plan was to take bracketed shots for HDR with longer exposures during the golden hour, but I realized very soon that this was not possible. All my long exposure shots were blurry because of the vibration.
I had to change my strategy fast because the Seabourn Quest cruise ship was approaching very fast. I changed the aperture from F11 to F5 and boosted the ISO to 320, which allowed me to shoot at a shutter speed of 1/320. Also I ditched my tripod and started shooting hand-held. But even at 1/320, half of my shots were very soft.
Deconstructing Featured Photo
Processing: Photoshop and Lightroom
Lightroom: import, tagging, straightening, perspective correction, color correction, cross processing effect, export as PSD image
Photoshop: cleaning, basic color correction. (check my tutorial Before & After: 14 Editing Steps of my Typical Post Processing Workflow )
– Topaz DeNoise helped to eliminate noise (sky, river ).