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Golden Gate Bridge from Fort Point (San Francisco)

Check how photo looked straight from the camera and how it was processed: http://goo.gl/34Iva8

I took this photo on the very last day of my trip to Northern California. Normally, when I travel back from California, I take early morning flight and land in Montreal in the evening. At some point I realized that by traveling during the day I miss the entire day of shooting, including the sunrise and the sunset. This time I booked very last red-eye from San Francisco and as result I had extra day of shooting in the city. I was rewarded with the warm and sunny day with the beautiful clouds in the evening.

SHOOTING

I was at Fort Point which is located at very close proximity to the Golden Gate Bridge. In order to convey the scale of the scene, I used wide angle lens (10mm) and used road and the fence as leading lines to the focal point of the composition: the Golden Gate Bridge.

PROCESSING

The processing was pretty straight forward; I used Photoshop HDR Pro to merge 3 bracketed exposures to HDR. The main challenge was the final cleaning. In order to remove any distractions from the scene, I had to mask the entire family from the grass (see original images below), the big bird, the guy and the car in the background and the fire hydrant.

#hdr   #hdrphotography   #travelphotography   #landscapephotography  +Margaret Tompkins 
            
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Beautiful, I hope to visit soon. 
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Bench with the View (Point Lobos)
Processing steps: --> http://goo.gl/yYnjmo

HDR Processed: Lightroom Presets Workflow
Single RAW Processing

Point Lobos State Reserve is located at the north end of the Big Sur coast area and it is relatively a big place. It took me 4 visits in the span of 3 years to be familiar with the different parts of the park.

During my last visit to Point lobos I knew in advance what sections of the park I wanted to visit and what I was going to photograph. After I was finished with my photography, I had plenty of time just to slow down and enjoy the park.

This is one of those places where I could spend hours just sitting and enjoying the view of China Cove and the BIg Sur coast.

SHOOTING AND PROCESSING

I probably did not have to use tripod in this situation and I could easily achieve the same result shooting handheld. But, since I had my camera mounted on tripod already, I took 3 bracketed shots with my landscape setup.

If you check the original, straight from the camera shot below, you can see that the scene had pretty dynamic light with the dark shadows in the foreground and a very bright sky but, once again, I did not have to use HDR processing. I used Lightroom preset based workflow, using Tropical Morning preset as a starting point.

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Cool pic ♥
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Sunrise Over the Hanauma Bay Rim Trail (Hawaii)
Processing steps: --> http://goo.gl/yUtjxR

HDR Processed: Lightroom Presets Workflow
Single RAW Processing

Hanauma Bay Rim Trail is very interesting an unconventional location for couple of the reasons. First, it is not “sanctioned” trail at all, it is an old restricted road which leads towards the cell tower and you have to trespass at your own risk.

Second, there is no signs to enter the trail and it can be challenging to find it when you first time there but it also means much smaller crowds compare to the “official” trails.

Also, when you walk along the rim of the crater where this is almost no vegetation, you witness incredible open views in all directions.

The featured photo is the view to the east. You can see the Diamond Head at the horizon with the Honolulu behind it.

SHOOTING AND PROCESSING

It was very wind at the top of the rim and I had to make sure I kept my tripod steady, applying pressure with my weight to it. I opted for slower shutter speed of 1/20 sec to achieve blurry effect of moving grass in the foreground.

Even though, I shot 3 bracketed exposures, I used Lightroom Presets workflow processing only one RAW image. I started with HDR Blend preset (you can download my free presets on my blog) and customized it slightly by adding more orange color to the sky.


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wow....nice!
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Climbing the Sugarloaf at Montmorency Falls (Canada)
Processing steps: --> http://goo.gl/qW6u2W

HDR Processed: Lightroom Preset Workflow
Single RAW Processing

“Sugarloaf” is the unique occurrence at the bottom of the Montmorency Falls near Quebec City. It forms when waterfall’s falling water evaporates first (even at the coldest temperatures) and almost immediately freezes and falls on the ground as the white powder.

“Sugarloaf” is the big attraction among the visitors of the falls, everybody tries to climb it. The day I took this shot, only a few most skilled ones managed to get to the top because it was very steep and slippery.

I did not even attempt to try because I had camera hanging around my neck.

SHOOTING AND PROCESSING

It was too cold to set up a tripod, so I walked around light with the camera (Sony A6000) and one lens (Sony 10-18mm) only. I took 3 bracketed shots as I usually do, handheld.

For the processing I used Lightroom preset based workflow (you can download my free presets here) without involving any HDR applications. One RAW exposure was enough to process this photo.


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Wonderful !!!
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Long Exposure Photography Without a Tripod
Processing steps: --http://goo.gl/TYlFpO

Lately, I’ve been experimenting with a new technique where I can achieve long exposure effect shooting hand-held, without a tripod. The technique is based on blending multiple images in Photoshop using Smart Objects.

Today's photo I took last weekend using my new technique. Please note, no tripod was used here.


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wow, amazing result..no tripod? mine would be shaky all over.
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Cows at Point Sur Lightstation (California)
Check how photo looked straight from the camera, how it was taken and processed--->http://goo.gl/Q94ZaM

The Point Sur Lightstation is one of the most beautiful spots in the Coastal California and I enjoyed to photograph it on many occasions.

After driving along the California State Route 1  four times I never had an opportunity to photograph McWay Falls, one of the iconic spots in the Big Sur, in the favorable light. That day in February, my plan was to stay at McWay Bay until the sunset and then to drive directly to my hotel in Monterey.  Finally, I was lucky. The evening light was amazing even before the sunset and after I took plenty of interesting photos I realized that still had time hit another spot during the golden hour.

I jumped into the car and drove for 30km like man possesed to the Point Sur Lightstation. I was there just in time to take this photo.

SHOOTING + PROCESSING

If you follow my blog you probably know that a few months ago I switched from Canon DSLR to Sony Mirrorless. And now I am starting to see the unexpected consequences of the switch, I am starting to see how it is changing the way I process my photos.

When I switched from Canon 60D to Sony A6000 I did not pay much attention that I was getting much bigger sensor (24Mp) since I was very content with Canon’s 16Mp. What I am starting to see is that new generation 24Mp sensor in combination with high quality lenses from Sony and Zeiss resolves insane amount of details, produces images with wider dynamic range  and collects much more information from the scene.

I can see that in many situations I do not have to use HDR processing anymore, I can use a single RAW in Lightroom and achieve the same result in.

This is exactly what happened with featured photo. I took 3 bracketed shots, planning to merge them to HDR in Photoshop HDR Pro, but after analyzing RAW files I realized that I could easily bypass HDR processing without sacrificing any quality.

I started the processing in Lightroom by applying Gentle Wave Preset from my Free Lightroom Preset Collection (you can download it on my blog) and after fine tuning it I applied final touches and noise reduction in Photoshop.

Check Before&After widget below the featured image to see how much details I managed to retrieve from underexposed areas of the original image.


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hard rock, soft colours!
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Sunrise Over Kailua (Hawaii)
Processing steps: --> http://goo.gl/6IAx6P

HDR Processed: Lightroom Presets Workflow
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This is another photo from my scenic Lanikai Pillbox Trail sunrise hike in Hawaii (O’ahu). This time I was shooting toward the North with the town of Kailua below.

At the top of the trai, when you reach mountain ridge, there are two old WWII military bunkers (pillboxes). The bunkers were abandoned after the war and now they are popular lookout points among the hikers.

I climbed to the top of the one of the two bankers and set up my tripod there. Now, if you check the right side of the mountain, which I placed in the foreground of the composition, you can see the second banker with the person seating on its roof and enjoying the view.

SHOOTING AND PROCESSING

There was nothing special about shooting the scene. Shooting on a tripod, I selected longer exposure (1/25 sec) in order to get smooth effect of the moving grass in the foreground. Actually, I took another shot with the shutter speed at 1/125 sec but it did not look as good as the version with blurred grass.

Lately, I’ve been experimenting with the new technique of sharpening photos. In my current workflow, I sharpen images at the end of my processing  in Photoshop. First, I apply sharpening, using Topaz Detail plugin and at the very end, just before saving photo as the final JPEG, I apply noise reduction using Topaz DeNoise.

The issue with use of any sharpening tools is that they always introduce extra noise and sometimes it is impossible to fully eliminate it in the noise reduction step.

The technique I am testing right now is kind of counter intuitive because it employs Topaz Details and Topaz DeNoise together to sharpen the photos. When I am fully comfortable with the new workflow, I am probably going to create tutorial dedicated to this technique.

For the processing I used Lightroom preset based workflow, using one of the presets from my Landscapes Collection (you can always download from my blog).

+Margaret Tompkins  #travelphotography   #hdr   #hdrphotography  
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Amazing work!.. Incredible shot!!!
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The Very Best Of Photography - March 2015

Below is the extract from my March 2015 weekly newsletters and it represents the best photography content according to me!

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In the beginning of 2015 I decided to change the format of my weekly newsletter. Instead of featuring only news from Phototraces.com, I also started to fea
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Inspirations: HAWAII – 30 Best Travel and Landscape Photographs

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Every week I feature my handpicked selection of the best photographs. Each selection illustrates one amazing location from around the world which I found u
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Please preserve these places, don't encourage any travelers
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Photo Location Guide - Best Travel Photography Spots

I updated Photo Location Guide with new destinations
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Thanks Viktor!
Great job!
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Magic Light in Old Montreal (Canada)
Processing steps: --> http://goo.gl/jM0tal

HDR Processed: Photoshop HDR Pro, Lightroom, Photoshop
Bracketing: 3 shots ( -1, 0, +1  )

For the last couple of months, every time when I post winter photograph I hope it would be the last photo of the season with the snow in it. But it looks like the winter is not going to end ever. It is end of March but the temperature is still below the freezing and we had last snowfall only couple of days ago.

But the evening I took featured photo was very warm and pleasant with the temperature slightly above freezing and no wind. I was in Old Montreal and it was the perfect time for photo hunting.

I noticed this spot because of the unusual combination of 3 light sources. Source number one was ambient light which was still present, the second light source was lamp post behind me which had prominent orange hue and the light I placed in my composition, for some inexplicable reason, had different color, it was yellow.

It looked and felt very unnatural if I was on the movie set. But unnatural and unusual stuff very often results in interesting photography.

SHOOTING AND PROCESSING

I did not had tripod with me but even if I did I probably would not even bother to set it. I shot hand-held 3 bracketed shots (-1, 0, +1), trying to keep my camera as steady as possible because the slowest shutter speed at 1/40.

I used HDR Pro module of Photoshop to merge 3 bracketed shots to HDR.



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cool!
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Inspirations: VENICE – 30 Best Travel and Landscape Photographs

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Every week I feature my handpicked selection of the best photographs. Each selection illustrates one amazing location from around the world which I found u
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Excellent Album..
All photo's are so stunning with beautiful location view.
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Travel photographer and multimedia designer from Montreal, Canada
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My name is Viktor Elizarov. I live in Montreal, and for years I’ve worked as different types of designers: a graphic designer, a web designer, a multimedia designer and a broadcast designer. (I have two Broadcast Designers Association statues to prove it.)

But my two real passions are photography and travel

Through the years, I’ve learned to take advantage of every opportunity to fuel my passion. Whether it’s a family vacation, a business trip or just a lunch break, I always try to find something interesting to photograph. 

I hope I can prove to you that you don’t need to buy expensive equipment or take trips to exotic locations to become an accomplished travel and landscape photographer. A mobile phone or a point-and-shoot camera and the park around the corner are more than enough to start with.



My Travel Photography blog: www.PhotoTraces.com
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