Even though Montreal is a home of Cirque du Soleil headquarters and its famous circus school it does not have a permanent show in the city. Cirque du Soleil comes to Montreal every couple of years and sets up its Grand Chapiteau in Old Port of Montreal. This is when the colors of Old Port changes dramatically, with the predominant blue and yellow colors of the stripes of the circus.
The year I took the featured photo the Grand Chapiteau of Cirque du Soleil was set on Jacques-Cartier Pier in Old Port.
Shooting & Processing
I was shooting from the upper deck of King Edward pier in the middle of the day. I took 3 bracketed shots (-1, 0, +1) hand-held.
The light was not very favorable and even I saw the potential in this capture I never managed to process and publish it. Years later when Adobe introduced HDR Merge feature in Lightroom 6 and I started to experiment with it I went to my old achieves and decided to give this photo another shot.
I used HDR processing in Lightroom. I described the process in Lightroom HDR – Natural Looking HDR In Lightroom.
First I applied Lightroom preset Sunblast from my Cross Processed Collection and later I used ToolKit to adjust exposure, contrast and saturation.
The Lightroom Preset Editing Formula: Sunblast (1, 8, 13, 17, 19, 23, 34 )
Deconstructing Featured Photo
Processing: Lightroom HDR Preset Based Workflow
- Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce digital noise (sky, water).
- Topaz Clarity was used to enhance details and boost colors (city).