Extreme Clouds Over Parliament Hill (Ottawa)

This is was an unplanned shot – a lucky accident. We were visiting friends in Ottawa on Christmas eve, and the entire day the weather was very gloomy with grey, dull skies, something that’s fairly normal for the beginning of winter in Eastern Canada. And unfortunately, that also means minimum opportunity for landscape or travel photography.

Before going to our friend’s place, I decided to give my wife and daughter a tour of the National Gallery of Canada, a place I like mostly because of its architecture. After the short tour, we walked out of the gallery and turned around the corner to visit Nepean Point. This is the scene we saw. It lasted only a few minutes, but it was enough for me to take a few interesting shots.

The moral here is to be ready for unexpected. In my case, I was not ready but I got lucky anyway :-).

Travel Photography Blog: Canada. Ottawa. Nepean Point.
Canada. Ottawa. Nepean Point
Loc: 45.42945, -75.7012

Deconstructing Featured Photo

HDR Bracketed Shots

Camera: Canon 60D
Lens: Sigma 17-70mm
Focal Length: 17mm
Shooting Mode: Aperture Priority (A)
ISO: 400
Aperture: F2.8
Shutter Speed: 1/100
Bracketing: 3 shots (-1; 0; +1)
Tripod: hand-held

Processing: HDR Processed

Lightroom: import, tagging, export to Photoshop HDR Pro
Photoshop: 3 exposures ( -1, 0, +1) used to tone map image, 32-bit tiff image was saved to Lightroom (check my free guide “Natural Looking HDR Workflow“)
Lightroom: straightening, cropping, color correction, export as PSD image
Photoshop: cleaning, sharpening
Photoshop Plugins:

Archiving: I save all my photos as JPEG (quality: 100%) at full resolution and with the help of the Lightroom plugin, I synchronized them with my portfolio on SmugMug for safekeeping, sharing, image hosting and online sales.

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  • Andrea Scott Video Films says:

    Your photography is world class in our eyes, Viktor. Your technique is fascinating, as much as your images beautiful. Well done!

  • Aaron Aveiro says:

    Thanks for sharing…awesome work

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