What I realized very soon after I moved to Canada is that Montreal has more ice arenas and skating rinks than soccer fields and swimming pools combined together. This is the reality of living in Canada.
The Old Montreal ice skating rink probably is the best and most popular outdoor rink in the city. It is refrigerated and it has its own Zamboni. The ice is always great there.
I know, refrigerated outdoor rink does not sound right when you refer to Canada but it helps to have perfect ice when it is still warm outside.
I took this photo couple of years ago when I was starting to experiment with HDR photography. That was the time when I was walking around the city taking bunch of bracketed shots trying to figure out how to shoot for HDR.
I re-processed it recently using modern tools and new Perfect Effects 9 from onOne Software helped me to enhance details and reflections in the ice surface.
Deconstructing Featured Photo
Processing: HDR Processed in Photomatix
Lightroom: import, tagging, export to Photomatix
Photomatix: I used 3 images to tone map image ( -2, 0, +2 ), 16-bit tiff image was exported to Lightroom. (check my tutorial Before & After – HDR With Photomatix)
Lightroom: straightening, export as PSD image
Photoshop: cleaning, cropping.
- Perfect Effects 9 from onOne Software helped me to enhance details and contrast, especially in ice surface area. I used following filetes: Dynamic Contrast, Color Enhancer.
- Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce digital noise (ice, sky)