Autumn Sunset Colors (Montreal)

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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.

Montreal. Canada
Loc: 45.431538, -73.688518


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.

Camera: Sony a6000
Lens: Sony 16-70mm
Focal Length: 41mm
Shooting Mode: Aperture Priority (A)
ISO: 400
Aperture: F6.3
Shutter Speed: 1/320s
Tripod: handheld

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.

Lightroom (90%)

In order to improve the composition, I used the Crop Overlay tool to make composition a bit tighter.

Next, I used the End of Summer preset from my Landscape Preset Collection as the base for Lightroom Rapid Editing. Then I used TOOLKIT to boost the Contrast and the Clarity.

The Lightroom Preset Editing Formula: End of Summer (2, 10, 17, 13, 32)

Photoshop (10%)

In Photoshop, I used the Stamp Tool to clean up the foreground be removing distracting debris.

The rest was a simple boost of details and noise reduction.
PluginsDeNoise (noise reduction), Topaz Detail (local contrast boost).

Total time: 12min

Before & After Transformation


  • Scott Washburn says:

    Very nice editing…thanks!

  • Kishore Jothady says:

    If you had not told, I would not have believed that you started off with such an ordinary photograph. You are better than a magician. Great.

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