This is the photo with probably the busiest composition I have ever taken. This is so much going on everywhere, with the Biosphere and dramatic sky in the background. I took it on extremely hot and humid weekend on Ile Sainte-Helene in Montreal few years back.
That was the weekend when my wife and her swimming team had big competition at the Aquatic Complex and my daughter had water polo practices at the same place. I tagged along after them with my camera and took this shot from the stands. Few minutes later all 3 pools were shut down due to the severe thunderstorm.
Experimenting with luminosity masks
I keep experimenting with luminosity masking, applying new techniques I’ve learned from The Art of Digital Blending video course (see my review here). I managed to create High Dynamic Range (HDR) photo by blending 3 exposures without dedicated HDR software.
Deconstructing Featured Photo
Processing: Digital Blending with Lminosity Masks
Lightroom: import, tagging, contrast, basic color correction. If you check original shots, you can see dark shadow in the corners of the images, that was result of me being sloppy and not attaching lens hood properly to my Sigma 17-70. It was easy to fix by using Lens Correction tool and by cropping photo.
Instead of sending 3 bracketed photos to dedicated HDR software, I opened them directly in Photoshop and placed each image on separate layer. Then, I used luminosity masking techniques to create final HDR image.
- Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce digital noise (sky, water )
- Topaz Clarity was used to enhance details in bricked structure and busy foreground elements.