Every year or so the Old Port of Montreal changes its normal appearance and becomes more colorful and photogenic. This happens when Cirque Du Soleil visits Montreal.
Even though Cirque Du Soleil has its headquarters in Montreal and circus school for developing new artists, it does not have permanent venue in the city. It setups giant tent (Grand Chapiteau) at Jacques-Cartier Pier.
I composited this shot using colorful Grand Chapiteau as the main focal element. I also placed Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel (the oldest churches in Montreal) to be visible in the background as symbolic backdrop for my composition.
I used HDR photography as my main processing technique.
Deconstructing Featured Photo
Processing: HDR Processed in Photomatix
Lightroom: import, tagging, export to Photomatix
Photomatix: I used 3 photos to tone map image (-1; 0, +1). 16-bit tiff image was exported to Lightroom. (Check my tutorial Before & After – HDR With Photomatix)
Lightroom: straightening, cropping, export as PSD image
Photoshop: cleaning, contrast.
- Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce digital noise ( sky)
- Topaz Detail was used to enhance details in foreground elements.