Due to heavy traffic on the freeway, I took an early exit and decided to take the scenic Lakeshore Road driving along the Saint Lawrence River instead. The sunset caught me around the Lachine marina, not far from where I live. The view was spectacular with clear reflections in the quiet waters of the marina.
Unfortunately, I did not have my Canon DSLR and tripod with me. Driving home to pick up my gear was out of the question and the only option I had was to use my point-and-shoot Lumix LX-7 camera. I love my LX-7, it has the functionality of a DSLR with a wide and fast lens squeezed into a tiny body.
I took 3 hand-held bracketed shots hoping to recover highlights of the sunset with HDR processing techniques. Ideally, I prefer to take 7 bracketed exposures when shooting against the sun, but in this case, I had no choice; 3 brackets is the limit for my LX-7. Of course, I got much more noise in my final image by using my point-and-shoot camera, but the Topaz DeNoise plugin did a pretty good job to reduce it.
This photo is the proof that you absolutely do not need expensive photo equipment to get involved in photography and produce interesting images.
Deconstructing Featured Photo
Camera: Lumix LX-7
Focal Length: 5.1mm (24)
Bracketing: 3 shots (-2; 0; +2)
Processing: HDR Processed in Photoshop HDR Pro
Lightroom: import, tagging, export to Photomatix
Photoshop: 3 exposures ( -2, 0, +2) used to tone map image, 16-bit tiff image was exported to Lightroom. (check my tutorial Before & After – HDR With Photomatix)
Lightroom: straightening, perspective correction, cross processing (split toning), export as PSD image
- Topaz DeNoise helped to eliminate noise (sky, river )
- Topaz Detail was used to enhance details in foreground elements (boats)