Somehow up until now I did not have any photos of Toronto in my travel photography portfolio even I visit it fairly often. All of my previous trips to Toronto were not not related to photography.
On my last trip I decided to change it and I reserved entire day in my schedule to wander around the city with the camera. But I guess Toronto was not happy with me for ignoring it for so long and threw at me fog, heavy dark clouds, thick haze and later rain. It was probably the worst day of the entire summer for travel photography.
First I wasted at least an hour navigating the maze of construction sites along the waterfront trying to find parking spot. And later I had only an hour at most before heavy rain canceled any photography opportunities.
Featured photo I took from Toronto Island ferry. At that point it was already bad but I managed to salvage few shots with the help of HDR photography processing.
Deconstructing Featured Photo
Processing: HDR Processed in Photomatix
Lightroom: import, tagging, export to Photomatix
Photomatix: I used 3 photos 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: cleaning, contrast.
- Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce digital noise (sky, water)
- Topaz Detail was used to enhance details in foreground elements (cliffs, tree, vegetation)