I continue to post “fall colors” photographs on my blog. The fall is probably the best time of the year for any landscape or travel photographer. This is when colors just explode and you do not necessarily need “good” light to get interesting and vibrant photos.
Here in Montreal, the fun is almost over. Most of the leaves are gone and everything looks washed out and bleak. But this is not the case in the parks and forests around the city. It took me only 25 km to drive away from the Island of Montreal and the picture was completely different. The trees in the forests were still on fire. The combination of fall foliage and sun blasting through the leaves created a soft and warm glow. It looked like a magical forest.
Deconstructing Featured Photo
Camera: Canon 60D
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm
Focal Length: 10mm
Shooting Mode: Aperture Priority (A)
Bracketing: 3 shots (-1; 0; +1)
Tripod: FEISOL Tournament CT-3442 – Check my FEISOL Tournament CT-3442 Review.
Ballhead: FEISOL CB-40D
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: I did not have to do much in Photoshop, just simple cleaning. Noise reduction was not necessary because photo had such a busy pattern with lots of details. No sharpening was applied since I wanted to preserve soft, glowy look.
- Topaz Detail was used to enhance details.