This photo is from last winter. Here, in Montreal, we had an unusual beginning to 2014. For almost two weeks in January, temperatures fell below -10ºC without any snow or wind. As a result, we had an almost perfect ice surface on rivers and lakes, which created some unique opportunities for shooting winter landscapes.
Shooting and Processing
When I was planning this shot, it was a bit crowded around the marina, with the few fishermen and the group of kids skating. But, when it became darker, they disappeared, saving me time from having to erase them in Photoshop.
I took five bracketed shots on the tripod, trying to capture as much information as possible from the brightest areas of the sky as well from the shadows.
I used standard processing technique in Lightroom, Photomatix and Photoshop (check my tutorial Before & After – HDR With Photomatix).
Deconstructing Featured Photo
Camera: Canon 60D
Lens: Canon 17-70
Focal Length: 30mm
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, color balance, export to Photomatix
Photomatix: I used 4 bracketed shots to tone map image (-2, -1, 0, +1 ), 16-bit tiff image was exported to Lightroom. (check my tutorial Before & After – HDR With Photomatix)
Lightroom: straightening, cropping, export as PSD image
Photoshop: contrast, vibrance and lots of cleaning with the Stamp Tool.
- Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce digital noise.
- Topaz Clarity was used to enhance details and boost colors.