Never Ending Winter (Montreal)

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It is almost the middle of March but you hardly can see any signs of the spring here in Montreal. They say winter of 2015 set all possible meteo records and apparently was and still is the coldest winter in 100 years. Yikes. Even though I took two-week break from the winter when I went to Hawaii and California in January, it is unbearable.

Travel Photography Blog - Montreal. Saint Lawrence River
Montreal. Lachine Marina
Loc: 45.430394, -73.690344

Shooting + Processing

First of all, I had to force myself to go outside with the camera but it was totally worth it, the sunset was quite beautiful.

The sun was setting on the right side and I wanted to capture foreground vegetation illuminated by warm light, the ice reflections in the middle and the city of Lachine in the background. The idea was to achieve color contrast in my composition between deep blue colors of the sky and ice and the golden hues of the sunset.

I took 5 bracketed shots ( -2, -1, 0, +1, +2) with the camera (Canon 60D) on the tripod (FEISOL Tournament CT-3442).

I used the HDR Pro module of Photoshop (check my free guide “Natural Looking HDR Workflow“) to merge 5 bracketed shots to HDR.

Deconstructing Featured Photo

Travel Photography Blog - Montreal. Lachine Canal

Processing: Digital Blending with Lminosity Masks

Lightroom: import, tagging, export to Photoshop HDR Pro
Photoshop: 5 exposures ( -2, -1, 0, +1, +2) were used to tone map image, 32-bit tiff image was saved to Lightroom (check my free guide “Natural Looking HDR Workflow“)
Lightroom: straightening, perspective correction, contrast, color correction.
Photoshop: Contrast, color correction. I did a lot of cleaning and masking using the Stamp Tool to remove distracting details in the foreground (left side mostly).

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