Snowstorm at the Train Station (Montreal)

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I love colors and as the result of my unconditional love, you hardly can see any black & white examples in my portfolio.

This is the way it normally works. I take the picture and right away I see the potential in it to be interesting black & white piece. I convert it to black & white in Photoshop and then spend 20-30min working on processing it. When I am done and ready to save it as the final JPEG, I always change my mind and switch it to the color version. Colors always win.

Canada. Montreal. LaSalle
Loc: 45.425206, -73.656998

Winter shots are the only occasions when colors are at disadvantage in my world. This is when I often have a chance to produce and publish a b&w photo.

Shooting + Processing

I love shooting during the snowstorms. This is when I do not bother to bring a DSLR camera with me. I only pick my point-and-shoot Lumix LX7 so I can keep it in my pocket and be ready to shoot quickly and hide it again.

I was waiting for the train at the small station in Montreal’s suburb when I saw the train slowly moving through the snow. I was quick enough to take 3 bracketed shots hand-held. Later I merged 3 images to HDR in Photoshop HDR Pro (check my free guide “Natural Looking HDR Workflow“). I converted the color HDR image to black and white in Photoshop using Topaz B&W Effects plug-in.

Deconstructing Featured Photo

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  • Camera: Lumix LX7
  • Focal Length: 10,7 (50)mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Aperture: F3.5
  • Tripod: hand-held

Processing: HDR Processing in Photoshop

Lightroom: import, tagging, export to Photoshop HDR Pro
Photoshop: 3 exposures ( -1, 0, +1) were used to tone map image, 32-bit tiff image was saved to Lightroom (check my free guide “Natural Looking HDR Workflow“) Lightroom: straightening, cropping, contrast, color correction.
Photoshop: Cleaning ( I spent at least 15 min to remove distracting elements on the left side using the Stamp Tool), contrast.

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  • Karen Nemet-Nejat says:

    I think the dulling the lights of the train allows the viewer the opportunity to see both the people and the train.

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