Yesterday, we had the first real snow in Montreal; today is the first time this season that the temperature has been below freezing the entire day. Winter is here even if it is only November.
I am looking through my Lightroom catalog, reflecting on last winter, which was probably the coldest and longest winter I’ve ever experienced in my life. I found a few interesting photos from last year that triggered some memories.
Because of the very cold weather, the rivers and lakes were frozen solid by the end of November. However, due to the complete lack of snow and wind, they looked more like ice rinks with their perfectly flat and reflective surfaces. I am not sure if it was safe to skate or not but with the clouds reflecting on the ice it looked quite unique and beautiful.
This view lasted only 2 or 3 days until we had our first snowfall and the river was then covered with snow until spring.
Experimenting with Perfect Effects 9
I am experimenting with the brand new Perfect Effects 9 from onOne Software and I really like what I see. There are some unique features that are brand new to version 9. So far my favorite one is the functionality where you can protect the highlights and/or shadows of the photo after applying various effects. I find it priceless.
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, cropping, export as PSD image
- I am starting to use Perfect Effects 9 from onOne Software and I am starting to like it more and more. For this particular photo I stacked together 3 filetes: Dynamic Contrast, Color Enhancer and Fall Enhancer. I saved combined effect as Custom Preset so I can reuse it in the future.
- Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce digital noise (ice, sky)