I keep going back to my Fall Colors series where I feature vivid images from autumn.
It was a chilly and windy afternoon in Montreal but, like we all know, bad weather often equals excellent photo opportunities.
Long before the sunset, I was in Rene Levesque park hunting for interesting shots. Although I had a tripod with me, I decided against using it because of the extreme wind.
I am not sure that I like the composition here, but I am happy that I managed to capture such vivid and distinctive colors.
Besides the wind, the shooting was easy and uncomplicated. I opened up the aperture and shot hand-held in single shot mode.
Editing & Processing
It was single RAW processing workflow.
With the help of the Crop Overlay tool I changed the aspect ratio from the original 3x2 to 4x3 and cropped it to make composition tighter. I also made sure the horizon was straight.
I used the Guided Upright Tool from the Transform Panel to fix
Next, I used Autumn preset from my Fall Colors Collection as the base for Lightroom Rapid Editing. Then I used TOOLKIT to open up the shadows in the foreground and boost the Contrast.
The Lightroom Preset Editing Formula: Open Sky (10, 16, 32)
I keep having fun with the new Range Mask tool. If you missed my Range Mask tutorial, you can find it here: Lightroom Range Mask – Advanced Luminosity and Color Masking in Lightroom.
First, I applied the Graduated Filter with the Range Mask tool set to the Color option, targeting the blues of the images.
Next, I added another Graduated Filter with the Range Mask set to the Color option as well, but this time targeting red/orange hues of the sky.
Total Time: 20min