Cape Gaspe at Sunrise in Forillon National Park (Quebec)

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This is another photo from my latest trip to the  Atlantic coast of Canada. That day, my plan was to climb Mont Saint-Alban and take a few aerial shots of Forillon National Park and Gaspe Bay at sunrise.  The trail to the top of the mountain starts at Cap-Bon-Ami in the northern section of the park, only a few steps from the beautiful beach.

I arrived at the beach around 4am and initially, I was not planning to unpack my gear before climbing, but when I saw little clouds over the cliffs of Cape Gaspe, I could not resist. The light was not too dynamic and it was enough to take only 3 bracketed shots in order to process them for HDR later.

Travel Photography Blog - Canada. Quebec. Forillon National Park
Canada. Quebec. Forillon National Park. Cap-Bon-Ami
Loc: 48.81119, -64.22419


Deconstructing Featured Photo

Travel Photography Blog: 3 Bracketed Shots ( -1; 0; +1 )

Camera: Canon 60D
Lens:  Sigma 17-70mm
Focal Length: 23mm
ISO: 100
Aperture: F8
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 all 3  images to tone map image ( -1, 0, +1 ), 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.

Photoshop Plugins:

  • Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce digital noise (water, sky)
  • Topaz Detail was used to enhance details in foreground elements (cliffs)
  • Hey Viktor, Nice composition and great colors.

    I’m used to be a fan of tonemapping but now I’m exploring the digital blending technic.

    Great tutorials on your website, I like the pre/post processing approach.

    • Duc,
      thanks for your kind words.

      I do not think you have to chose HDR or blending. It can be both. I use both techniques quite often on same image. I am starting to work on new tutorial on luminosity blending.

      • E-Nonymouse A says:

        There’s lots of variations on the theme, light masking is a great way to do targeted tone mapping.
        I don’t really use HDR programs anymore either, I like the manual process even if the results are not always perfect every time.
        Light masks allow for not just selective color maps, but sharpening etc.
        You do nice photos Viktor.

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