Frozen Sunset (Montreal)

Last Updated on by Viktor Elizarov

The featured photo is a part of the testing strategy I put in place when I considering switching from Sony to Fujifilm. Since I had my doubts about the switch, I kept shooting with both camera brands for six weeks. And, only when I was happy with my new Fujifilm setup I made the final decision and sold all of my Sony gear.

You can learn more about the switch here: Switching from Sony to Fujifilm. Not What I Expected At All

At the time I took the featured photo, I had only Fuji XT2 camera body and one lens, Fujinon 18-135. The duo became my ultimate travel setup, where I had both camera and lens are weather sealed.

Montreal. Canada
Loc: 45.42919, -73.68833

Shooting

I set the Exposure Compensation to +1 to compensate for the bright snow and shoot handheld the entire day. Learn more: How to Photograph and Edit Snowy Scenes

Camera: Fujifilm X-T2
Lens: Fujinon 18-135
Focal Length: 49mm
Shooting Mode: Aperture Priority (A)
ISO: 200
Aperture: F/10
Shutter Speed: 1/200s
Tripod: Handheld

Editing & Processing

It was a single RAW processing workflow.

Lightroom (90%)

First, I used the Crop Overlay tool to improve the composition, making it a bit tighter.

Next, I used the Autumn preset from my Winter 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: Crisp Morning (12, 22, 40)

Photoshop (10%)

First, boosted the contrast and vibrance and in the end I enhanced the details and reduced noise.
Plugins: DeNoise (noise reduction), Topaz Detail (local contrast boost).

Total Time: 10min

Before & After Transformation

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