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It was the middle of December before the official start of winter in Eastern Canada. The temperature unexpectedly dropped below -20°C, which is uncommon for this time of year. Then, we had extremely strong, stormy-like winds for two days. The Saint Lawrence River looked like a sea with huge waves hitting the southern bank.
The wind, water, and extreme cold temperatures created some amazing ice patterns on the trees close to the water.
When the very first snow of the season came overnight, it created dreamy-like scenes.
In general, I love shooting directly into the sun through the trees, but in this case, the ice and sun produced a truly remarkable, translucent effect.
Space was limited where I spotted the icy composition and there was no way I could capture the entire scene in one shot nor did I have a wide-angle lens with me. So, I took eight shots with my 18mm lens and combined them later into a wide-angle panorama in Lightroom.
Editing & Processing
It was 8 frames panorama RAW processing workflow.
First, I selected all the 8 original photos and merged them into a panorama using the Panorama Merge tool. This is the result it produced.
Next, I used the Crop Overlay tool to crop the image. I opted for 1 x 1 aspect ratio, making sure I placed the sun in the center.
Next, I used Crisp Morning preset from my Winter Colors Collection as the base for Lightroom Rapid Editing. Then I used TOOLKIT to boost the Contrast and the Clarity.
The Lightroom Preset Editing Formula: Crisp Morning (10, 13, 21, 33)
In Photoshop, I cleaned up the image with the help of the Stamp Tool. I also fixed the crooked horizon with the help of the Transform Warp tool.
Total time: 20min