Storm at Saint Lawrence River(Montreal)

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It was an overcast, quiet summer evening when I went to the Saint Lawrence River to test my new travel tripod and my new compact camera.

I took this photo at 5:55 PM. It was hot and humid with absolutely no wind.

This is how the landscape looked at 6:03 PM, only eight minutes later.

Canada. Quebec. Montreal
Loc: 45.42919, -73.68833

I could hardly stand because of the strong, cold wind. I packed my tripod because I was afraid it would fly away. I was shooting handheld leaning against a tree.

It did not last long because summer was back only 20 minutes later.



I did not have a specific idea for this shot because everything happened so fast. All I was trying to accomplish is to capture an unexpected summer storm.

Camera: Sony a6000
Lens: Sony 16-70
Focal Length: 16mm
Shooting Mode: Aperture Priority (A)
ISO: 100
Aperture: F/5.6
Shutter Speed: 1/80s
Bracketing: single shot
Tripod: handheld

Editing & Processing

It was a single RAW editing workflow.

Lightroom (95%)

Lightroom Rapid Editing workflow.
I used Sunrise style preset from Landscape Collection in a combination with adjustment presets from TOOLKIT to tweak the image.
Lightroom Editing Formula: Sunrise (1, 9, 13, 32, 40)

I used Adjustment Brush Tool to add some color (blue) to the water.‚Äč

Photoshop (5%)

PluginsDeNoise (noise reduction), Topaz Detail (local contrast boost).

Total Time: 10min

Before & After Transformation