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I consider autumn to be the best season here in Montreal. Let me explain. The winters in Quebec are too long and too cold. The spring season is almost nonexistent, the transition from winter to summer normally lasts only a couple of weeks. And the summers are hot and humid like everywhere on the east coast of the US and Canada. But the autumns, on the other hand, are long and warm with the gradual transition into winter which can last longer than 3 months. This makes the fall season is the most rewarding time for any landscape photographer.
But this is not the case this year. We did not witness a gradual transition. It became cold at the end of September and we hardly saw any warm and dry days for a month. It is the first time since I lived in Montreal I do not have any photos of fall foliage by the end of October.
Today, I am posting the photo I took last autumn which was just perfect, long, warm and dry. I took it in the local park which was built as a long strip to protect the Lachine Canal from the fast running Saint Lawrence River.
I did not have a tripod with me so I had to boos ISO to shoot handheld during the golden hour. I spent 10 minutes or so waiting for the taking off plain to enter the frame.
Editing & Processing
It was a single RAW processing. I decided to be more aggressive with editing, amplifying and shiting pretty much all the colors of the composition.
In order to improve the composition, I used the Crop Overlay tool to make composition a bit tighter.
The Lightroom Preset Editing Formula: End of Summer (2, 10, 17, 13, 32)
In Photoshop, I used the Stamp Tool to clean up the foreground be removing distracting debris.
Total time: 12min
Before & After Transformation