Mont-Saint-Bruno Fall Reflections (Canada)

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I still can not figure out what kind of colors we are having this fall. During the last few years, it was nothing to be excited about; washout and dull colors. I am hoping for a better palette this year.

This is my first photo of “fall colors” this year. While processing this image, I decided to do something different, more artsy or even abstract. When I analyzed 3 bracketed photos that I took in Mont Saint Bruno park, I could see that the main attractions were reflections in the water of the lake and the top part of the composition, where the sky is, which was a bit weak and boring.

I  flipped the entire image and cropped it to keep only the reflections. Now, every single element of the image is the reflection in the water. It reminds me now of an impressionist painting.

Today, I am planning to go hunting for new fall images.

Canada. Quebec. Montreal. Mont Saint Bruno National Park
Loc: 45.542355, -73.327213

Deconstructing Featured Photo

Travel Photography Blog: 3 Bracketed Shots (-1; 0; +1)
  • Camera: Canon 60D
  • Lens:  Sigma 10-20mm
  • Focal Length: 10mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Aperture: F8
  • Bracketing: 3 shots (-1; 0; +1)
  • Tripod: hand-held

Processing: HDR Processed in Photomatix 

Lightroom: import, tagging, export to Photomatix
Photomatix: I used 3  images 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,  removing HDR artifacts in water, flipping image and cropping.

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