Seabourn Quest in Old Port of Montreal

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We had a long Canadian Thanksgiving weekend and I had some free time to spend on my photography. On Friday afternoon, when I saw some amazing cloud formations over the city, I thought it would be interesting to photograph the old port and downtown from the Jacques Cartier Bridge, which is the tallest bridge in Montreal.

It’s been a while since I had an opportunity to photograph from the Jacques Cartier Bridge, and I had completely forgotten how challenging it is due to its very strong vibrations caused by the heavy traffic. My original plan was to take bracketed shots for HDR with longer exposures during the golden hour, but I realized very soon that this was not possible. All my long exposure shots were blurry because of the vibration.

HDR Photography - Canada. Montreal
Canada. Montreal. View from Jacques Cartier Bridge
Loc: 45.521733, -73.539904

I had to change my strategy fast because the Seabourn Quest cruise ship was approaching very fast. I changed the aperture from F11 to F5 and boosted the ISO to 320, which allowed me to shoot at a shutter speed of 1/320. Also, I ditched my tripod and started shooting hand-held. But even at 1/320, half of my shots were very soft.

Deconstructing Featured Photo

Post Processing: Single RAW Processing in Lightroom and Photoshop
  • Camera: Canon 60
  • Lens:  Sigma 17-70mm
  • Focal Length: 44mm 
  • ISO: 320
  • Aperture: F5
  • Bracketing: single frame
  • Tripod: hand-held

Processing: Photoshop and Lightroom

Lightroom: import, tagging, straightening, perspective correction, color correction, cross processing effect, export as PSD image
Photoshop:  cleaning, basic color correction.
Photoshop Plugins:
 – Topaz DeNoise helped to eliminate noise (sky, river ).