Here in Montreal, we had only one day of warmer weather before the next arctic front hit us again. I knew it was my only chance to test my new equipment. With the temperature around freezing point and no wind I could take my time and try various settings of Sony a6000 and 2 new lenses (10-18 mm and 16-70 mm) without any rush.
The weather was good for testing but not ideal for shooting. It was overcast afternoon without any clouds.
Everything looked grey and dull. I knew, this type of landscapes usually make decent black & white photos and my initial intention was exactly that.
I started to process it as black and white but since I am person who loves colors, just before photo was ready to be saved and posted, I stitched to color. To make it more interesting, I added some blue color to the ice and some orange color to the trees.
The big difference I saw, compare to my old camera, is the quality of the image. Sony 24 Mp sensor produces very lean images with very little of noise.
Deconstructing Featured Photo
Camera: Sony a6000
Lens: Sony 10-18 mm
Focal Length: 10mm
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 Photoshop HDR Pro
Lightroom: import, tagging, export to Photoshop HDR Pro
Photoshop: 3 exposures ( -1, 0, +1) were used to tone map image, 32-bit tiff image was saved to Lightroom (check my free guide “Natural Looking HDR Workflow“)
Lightroom: straightening, perspective correction, contrast, color correction, export as PSD image
Photoshop: cleaning, noise reduction, sharpening.
- Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce digital noise.
- Topaz Clarity was used to enhance details and boost colors.