Climbing the Sugarloaf at Montmorency Falls (Canada)

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“Sugarloaf” is the unique occurrence at the bottom of the Montmorency Falls near Quebec City. It forms when the waterfall’s falling water evaporates first (even at the coldest temperatures) and almost immediately freezes, falling then to the ground as the white powder.

“Sugarloaf” is a big attraction among the visitors to the falls as everyone tries to climb it. The day I took this shot, only a few of the most skilled climbers managed to get to the top because it was very steep and slippery.

I did not even attempt to try because I had a camera hanging around my neck.

Shooting and Processing

It was too cold to set up a tripod, so I walked around only the camera (Sony A6000) and one lens (Sony 10-18mm). I took three bracketed shots as I usually do, handheld.

For the processing, I used Lightroom preset based workflow (you can download my free presets here) without involving any HDR applications. One RAW exposure was enough to process this photo.


Deconstructing Featured Photo

  • Camera: Sony a6000
  • Lens: Sony 10-18
  • Focal Length: 18mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Aperture: F8
  • Bracketing: 3 shots ( -1, 0, +1 )
  • Tripod: hand-held

Processing: Lightroom Preset Based Workflow

Lightroom: import, tagging, contrast, color correction, cropping, export to Photoshop.
Photoshop Mostly cleaning with the Stamp Tool, contrast, color correction.

Photoshop Plugins: