Dynamic Sunset at the River (Montreal)

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It was another day with absolutely unpredictable weather in Montreal. I went to my favorite spot in the city for the sunsets without much hope of getting any light at all. For the entire afternoon, the sun was completely covered with thick and dark clouds.

Just before the sun was ready to submerge under the horizon the small opening appeared, letting the sun out of the clouds. The sunset lasted 3-5 minutes at most but it was enough for me to take a few interesting shots.

The light was extremely dynamic. I was shooting directly into the sun but at the same time, I had spots of very dark shadows around me. To make sure I cover the entire range of light I took 9 bracketed shots from -4EV to+4EV. Later, I used only 7 exposures to tone map HDR image; +3 and +4 exposures were way too bright and unusable.

Travel Photography Blog - Canada. Montreal. Lachine
Canada. Montreal. Lachine
Loc: 45.429813, -73.690427

Deconstructing Featured Photo

Travel Photography Blog: 3 Bracketed Shots (-1; 0; +1, )

Processing: HDR Processed in Photomatix 

Lightroom: import, tagging, export to Photomatix
Photomatix: I used only 7 images out of 9 to tone map image ( -3,  -2, -1, 0, +1, +2, +3 ), 16-bit tiff image was exported to Lightroom. (check my tutorial Before & After – HDR With Photomatix)
Lightroom: straightening, cropping, export as PSD image
Photoshop:  cleaning, contrast, vibrance.

Photoshop Plugins:

  • Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce digital noise (sky, water)
  • Topaz Detail was used to enhance details in foreground elements (tree, grass)