Burning Tree (Montreal)

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The featured photo stars the most famous and distinctive tree in the Rene Levesque park in Montreal. Every fall it turns red. And I am not talking about fall foliage with the hint of red; I mean full blown crimson. But it does not last long. The window of opportunity is 7-10 only, and it is easy to miss it. This time I was spot on. It was early afternoon in the middle of the week, and the park was pretty much empty. I had plenty of time to experiment and compose the right shot.

Montreal. CanadaLoc: 
45.42919, -73.68833


To compose this shot I had to step back and shoot from the bike path. The challenge was to spot approaching cyclists and avoid them.

Camera: Sony a6000
Lens: Sony 16-70
Focal Length: 16mm
Shooting Mode: Aperture Priority (A)
ISO: 100
Aperture: F/8
Shutter Speed: 1/60s
Tripod: FEISOL Tournament CT-3442
Ballhead: FEISOL CB-40D

Editing & Processing

It was single RAW processing workflow. 

Lightroom (90%)

With the help of the Crop Overlay I changed the aspect ration from 2×3 to 3×4 and made the composition tighter​.

​Later, I used the Transform Tools to fix the perspective, making sure the horizon was horizontal and vertical lines (tree, church) are vertical.Next, I used Autumn preset from my Fall Colors Collection as the base for Lightroom Rapid Editing. Then I used TOOLKIT to open up the shadows in the foreground and boost the Contrast.The Lightroom Preset Editing Formula: Open Sky (1, 9, 13, 17, 32, 34)

Photoshop (10%)

First, I used the Spot Healing Bush  to clean up the image and then I boost the details and reduced noise.PluginsDeNoise (noise reduction), Topaz Detail (local contrast boost).

Total Time: 12min

Before & After Transformation

Archiving: I save all my photos as JPEG (quality: 100%) at full resolution and with the help of the Lightroom plugin, I synchronized them with my portfolio on SmugMug for safekeeping, sharing, image hosting and online sales.

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