This photo is from my latest trip to Eastern Quebec. I spent 3 days in one of my favorite travel photography destinations in Canada – Forillon National Park. It is located at the eastern tip of Gaspé Peninsula where the Gulf of Saint Lawrence flows into the Atlantic Ocean.
The weather was not particularly favorable for landscape photography with hot humid air and no clouds for the duration of my trip. The only time I could get favorable light was during sunset hours.
The featured shot is from Cap-Bon-Ami beach, which is located at the North Sector of the park. I strategically placed the Cap-des-Rosiers lighthouse to be the secondary focal point of the composition.
I used HDR processing to bring out details in the foreground textures of the cliff.
Deconstructing Featured Photo
Camera: Canon 60D
Lens: Sigma 17-70mm
Focal Length: 70mm
Bracketing: 5 shots (-2, -1, 0, +1, +2)
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 only 4 images out of 5 available brackets to tone map image ( -1, 0, +1, +2), 16-bit tiff image was exported to Lightroom (Tutorial: Complete HDR Workflow).
Lightroom: straightening, cropping, export as PSD image
Photoshop: cleaning, removing HDR artifacts in water, contrast.
- Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce digital noise (water, sky)
- Topaz Detail was used to enhance details in foreground elements (rocks)