Last week I had a chance to visit Quebec City. I was very excited about the trip since it was the first time I had an opportunity to visit Montmorency Falls in the winter. Plus, it was the time of the famous Quebec Winter Carnival and I anticipated interesting photography opportunities.
What I did not anticipate was the temperature being below -20°C and, in combination with the strong and gusty wind, it made my outdoor photography activities very uncomfortable and unenjoyable.
When I reached Montmorency Falls, I realized that I was not equipped properly for the freezing weather and I would not last outside for too long. I left my tripod in the car and spent only 20-30 minutes around the falls taking bracketed shots hand-held, making sure to use a fast shutter speed.
For this particular photo, I used luminosity masking technique. I used 3 bracketed shots (-1, 0, +1) and blended them together in Photoshop using transparency masks (for more details check my Review: “The Art of Digital Blending”).
Deconstructing Featured Photo
Processing: Digital Blending with Luminosity Masks
Lightroom: import, tagging, contrast, color correction. I produced 3 separate images and exported them to Photoshop.
Photoshop I opened 3 bracketed photos directly in Photoshop and placed each image on the separate layer. Then, I used luminosity masking techniques to create the final image.
- Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce digital noise (sky, snow).
- Topaz Clarity was used to enhance details and boost colors.