Morning Shift at Grand Manan Island (Canada)

I took the featured photo a long time ago during my very first trip to the Bay of Fundy and Grand Manan Island located in Canadain Atlantic province of New Brunswick.

To get to the Grand Island, it takes a two-hour ferry ride. I took the very first ferry of the day and we reached the island around the 9 am. This is was my first encounter with the Grand Manan. The fog was still thick and the tide was still high when we saw a small fisherman boat emerging from the mist. It looked mysterious.

Forty minutes later the rising sun burnt away the fog and it became extremely hot and humid for the rest of the day.

Canada. New Brunswick. Grand Manan Island
Loc: 44.765328, -66.735930

This year I visited Grand Manan on my way to Prince Edward Island and it was foggy and moody again. But this time, I took a couple of interesting shots of the same scene from the top of the rocky shore facing the ocean.

Shooting & Processing

I was on a fast-moving ferry and it was shaky. I made sure to reduce the shutter speed to 1/400sec to prevent unsharp and blurry photos and I took series of single shots hand-held.

I used a single RAW image editing in Lightroom. I described the process in Lightroom Rapid Editing System for Landscapes.

First I applied Lightroom preset Natural from my Landscape Collection and later I used ToolKit to boost colors and contrast.

The Lightroom Preset Editing Formula: Natural (4, 13, 17, 22, 32)

Deconstructing Featured Photo

Camera: Canon 60D
Lens: Sigma 17-70mm
Focal Length: 57mm
ISO: 100
Aperture: F6.3
Shutter: 1/400
Bracketing: single shot
Tripod: FEISOL Tournament CT-3442  – Check my FEISOL Tournament CT-3442 Review.
Ballhead: FEISOL CB-40D

Processing:

Lightroom: import, tagging, cropping, Lightroom Rapid Editing, Editing Formula: Natural (4, 13, 17, 22, 32)
Photoshop: color correction, contrast, cleaning.

Photoshop Plugins: 

  • Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce digital noise (sky, water).
  • Topaz Clarity was used to enhance details and boost colors (rocks, cliffs).
Archiving: I save all my photos as JPEG (quality: 100%) at full resolution and with the help of the Lightroom plugin, I synchronized them with my portfolio on SmugMug for safekeeping, sharing, image hosting and online sales.

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  • Hey Viktor, I am also on the fence about switching from my Nikon D7000 to the A6000, luckily I don’t have a lot invested into lenses for this system. I love your landscape pictures and blown away by what you got out of the A6000. Are you using any kind of filters (polarizer, ND) for the Sony lenses or just bracketing and post processing?

    I am not sure if Sony was really going to keep adding to the APS-C line up of lenses or focus more on full frame so I’m trying to decide if investing in Sony APS-C and E mount glass was wise for me moving forward.

    The A6000 for the price is not risky but the $$$ E mount glass is , and if end up having to migrate again to Sony Full Frame because that’s where Sony put’s their focus on releasing good glass…then I’m stuck with the APS-C lenses.

    Overall I like the APS-C world better…the size, weight and generally the price of the lenses are more palatable than the FF counterparts. Since you’ve been using the Sony for a while now, any advice.

    I did see that on your gear page there is a Sony A7 listed, did you move to FF with the 3 lenses you listed. If so how is that working out? I had even considered Fuji because they have such good support for APS-C but after coming across your blog and seeing the merits of the A6000 I really started considering this as a purchase if Sony would continue to support E mount.

    Basically just trying to get advice on going Sony APS-C or FF and lens choices since you have practical experience.

    • AJ

      I rented A7 and tested for a couple of days. I liked it a lot but I am happy with my APS-C a6000 and I have no plans moving to a bigger and more expensive option. I suggest to get a6000, it does not cost much, and use it for a couple of months and if you do not like it you always can sell it.

      Here is download link to unprocessed RAW file I took with a6000 + sony16-70mm, you can load to Lightroom and see the quality:
      http://www.phototraces.com/?ddownload=12717

      • Thanks for the reply Viktor, I think I’m leaning towards the A6000 for now with just the 10-18 lens and keeping my Nikon D7000 a while longer. I am going to wait and see what Sony does with the A7 line and lenses before investing in their FF system. I am even looking at the Fuji APS-C as well, especially if they start putting better sensors in their APSC cameras. Thank you for the RAW file example.

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