Church Across Saint Lawrence River (Montreal)

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I’ve already featured the similar view in my earlier tutorial How to Use Telephoto Lens Creatively.

On the day I took this photo I was testing the brand new Canon 70-200 mm telephoto lens. This photo is another demonstration on how the focal length changes the perspective in our photographs. Because I was shooting with the long focal length of 109mm on a cropped sensor ( the equivalent of 170mm on full frame) the 1.5 km wide Saint Lawrence river looks like a narrow stream.

Shooting & Processing

I took 3 bracketed shots on a tripod (-1, 0, +1). To edit the final photo, I only used one exposure. The HDR technique was not necessary because the light was not very dynamic. I used Lightroom Preset Based Workflow where I applied various Lightroom presets to the image and selected the best looking version. I Preset used: End of Summer from Landscape Collection.

Deconstructing Featured Photo

Processing: Lightroom Preset Based Workflow

Lightroom: import, tagging, preset based processing (End of Summer preset from Landscape Collection) Photoshop: contrast, color correction, cleaning and removing distracting elements with the help of the Stamp Tool. Photoshop Plugins: 

  • Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce digital noise (sky, water, grass).
  • Topaz Clarity was used to enhance details and boost colors (church, buildings, benches, lamp).