Orange Door (Montreal)

It is hard to believe that I took the featured photo 10 years ago. I took it with my first DSLR, Canon Digital Rebel and not spectacular at all the 18-55mm kit lens. Now when I analyze the digital file it does not look bad at all. No wonder that with only one model (Digital Rebel) Canon managed to conquer pretty much the entire consumer market.

This is what I sometimes enjoy doing, I take my old photos and process them with modern editing tools. This time I combined HDR Merge in Lightroom and preset editing using my new Fall Colors Collection.

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Canada. Montreal. Saint-Bruno Park
Loc: 45.428508, -73.686556

Shooting & Processing

I was shooting with my old Digital Rebel, I took 3 bracketed shots  (-1, 0, +1) hand-held.

I used HDR processing in Lightroom. I described the process in Lightroom HDR – Natural Looking HDR In Lightroom.


First I applied Lightroom preset Open Sky from my FALL COLORS Collection and later I used ToolKit to adjust shadows, contrast, saturation and vignetting.

The Lightroom Editing Formula: Open Sky (8, 13, 21, 32 )

Deconstructing Featured Photo

Camera: Canon Digital Rebel
Lens: Canon 18-55mm
Focal Length: 18mm
ISO: 100
Aperture: F8
Bracketing: 3 shots (-1, 0, 1)
Tripod: hand-held

Processing: Lightroom HDR Preset Based Workflow

Lightroom: import, tagging, HDR Merge, preset based processing (Sunblast preset from Cross Processed Collection)
Photoshop: color correction, contrast, cleaning.

Photoshop Plugins: 

  • Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce digital noise everywhere
  • Topaz Clarity was used to enhance details and boost colors (fence, door).
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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