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My exercise routine is simple. I go to the gym early in the morning and, in the evening, I go for an easy walk with my camera at the river. If I do not exercise in the morning, I usually go for a run in the evening without a camera.
I was rewarded with perfect weather complete with beautiful clouds and zero wind. For Montreal Island, which is surrounded by the Saint Laurence River and lakes, quiet days without wind are rare occurrences.
I knew this was the perfect opportunity to photograph the reflections on the river.
Although the composition of the shot is not exactly symmetrical, the reflection of the clouds created an illusion of perfect symmetry.
It was an uncomplicated handheld single shot. No bracketing was needed.
Editing & Processing
It was a single RAW processing workflow.
I changed the aspect ratio from the original 3 x 2 ratio to 16 x 9 to make the composition more panoramic. I used the Crop Overlay Tool.
The Lightroom Preset Editing Formula: Natural (2, 9, 25, 32)
In Photoshop, I used the Stamp Tool, to remove the leaves from the top right corner. I also masked distractions like the cars across the river.
The rest was a straightforward process of boosting the details and noise reduction.
Total time: 15min
Before & After Transformation