The featured photo is the perfect reflection of Montreal, where you can find layers of different generations and epochs. The focal point of this shot is 19th century Cathedral of Marie-Reine-du-Monde which is contrasting extremely well in style, colors and shapes with the brand new modern office building in the background.
Shooting + Processing
It was a warm October day in Montreal and I went to Old Port with the camera hunting for the city shots. On my way back to the train station while walking along University Street I spotted this layered view of Cathedral of Marie-Reine-du-Monde. I took a few shots hand-held with Canon 60D and I was on my way to the next discovery.
The processing was simple and straightforward. I used Rapid Lightroom Preset-Based Editing (read my tutorial here), applying Sunblast preset from Cross Processed Collection and adjusting the contrast and the clarity with the ToolKit.
The Lightroom Preset Editing Formula: Sunblast (13, 17, 32, 34)
At the very end I realized that street level of the photo was too bright and did not look very natural. I added Graduated Filter with the blue tint to the lower part of the photo making it a bit darker and a bit cooler.
In Photoshop, besides regular editing (contrast, color correction, noise reduction), it took me a good half hour to remove the guy in the bottom right corner with the help of the Stamp Tool.
Deconstructing Featured Photo
Processing: Lightroom Preset Based Workflow
- Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce digital noise.
- Topaz Clarity was used to enhance details in architectural elements.