I took this photo on the Toronto Island while walking from the Ward’s Island Ferry Dock along Cibola Ave. To be honest, I did not see too many photography opportunities on the Island that day. The weather was awful and the tall trees along the waterfront covered view of Toronto made it a monotonous and somewhat boring walk.
At some point, when approaching the Sunfish Cut, I saw a small opening in the wall of trees and this is when I realized how distinctive and prominent the CN Tower is. Even at this distance and the atmospheric haze it still dominated Toronto’s skyline proving to be the signature landmark of the city.
Even after I composed my shot with the orange lifebuoys as the main foreground element, the CN Tower still draws the most attention.
Deconstructing Featured Photo
Processing: HDR Processed in Photomatix
Lightroom: import, tagging, export to Photomatix
Photomatix: I used 3 photos to tone map image (-1; 0, +1). 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.
- Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce digital noise (sky, water)
- Topaz Detail was used to enhance details in foreground elements.