Narrow Path Along the River (Montreal)

Finally. I am posting the very first photo of 2015 Fall season.

I am starting to feel pressure. Last week I released my Fall Colors Lightroom preset collection and I can see people keep posting some amazing fall pictures from everywhere but it is a bit dull here in Montreal.

The colors are still more on the greenish side of the spectrum. It is a very unusual fall here.

I went to the local park looking for colors. The idea for this shot was to emphasize the contrast between blues of the water and the sky and the colors of the grass and the trees.

Shooting & Processing

I took 3 bracketed shots on a tripod (-1, 0, +1) as I usually do, but I used only middle exposure for editing.

I used single RAW image editing in Lightroom. I described the process in Introduction to Lightroom Rapid Editing System.

I edited this photo using my brand new Fall Colors Lightroom Preset Collection.

The Lightroom Editing Formula: Open Sky (1, 9, 16, 22, 31)

Deconstructing Featured Photo

Camera: Sony a6000
Lens: Sony 10-18mm
Focal Length: 10mm
ISO: 100
Aperture: F8
Shutter: 1/80
Bracketing: 3 shots (-1, 0, +1 )
Tripod: FEISOL Tournament CT-3442  – Check my FEISOL Tournament CT-3442 Review.
Ballhead: FEISOL CB-40D

Processing:

Lightroom: import, tagging, cropping, Lightroom Rapid Editing (Open Sky preset from Fall Colors Collection)
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 (land, falls).
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.

Do not forget that my FREE Lightroom Preset Collection is always free for all subscribers to my newsletter.
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