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Busy Summer Day in Montreal
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Processing: Digital Blending with Lminosity Masks

This is the photo with probably the busiest composition I have ever taken. This is so much going on everywhere, with the Biosphere and dramatic sky in the background. I took it on extremely hot and humid weekend on Ile Sainte-Helene in Montreal few years back.

That was the weekend when my wife and her swimming team had big competition at the Aquatic Complex and my daughter had water polo practices at the same place. I tagged along after them with my camera and took this shot from the stands. Few minutes later all 3 pools were shut down due to the severe thunderstorm.
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Colorful Blue Hour in the Park (Montreal)
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I had the idea for this shot for a while. This spot I visit almost every day while jogging in the park. This time of year the colors were beautiful and all I needed was a quiet evening without a wind so I could use long exposure technique without getting blurry tree leaves and branches.

SHOOTING & PROCESSING

I took 3 brackets manually, before each shot changing the shutter speed. When I was done I had 3 captures with the following setting:

I used a tripod and a remote shutter release.

To edit this photo I used combination of two different techniques: Lightroom Rapid Editing and Photoshop Digital Blending with Luminosity Masks.
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Tropical Sunrise at East Coast of O’ahu (Hawaii)
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That was probably the most spectacular sunrise I got to witness in my life. Of course, the weather and the location played a big part in it. Only two days before I took the featured photo I was in freezing Montreal where the temperature was below -20°C for 3 weeks in a row and now, after short 12-hour flight, I was in the tropics hiking the volcanos and witnessing sun rising over the Pacific Ocean.

SHOOTING

When I analyzed the scene before shooting, I could see the very dark areas below me, the town was shaded by the mountain. At the same time, despite the sky was being mostly covered by thick clouds, I could see a few extremely bright spots above the horizon. It made me change the exposure bracketing intervals from 1EV to 2EV to cover the entire dynamic range of the scene.

I took 3 bracketed shots with 2EV intervals (-2, 0, +2) on a tripod standing on top of Lanikai Pillbox Trail.

PROCESSING

First, I merged 3 bracketed shots for HDR using new Lightroom Merge tool. I outlined this technique in my latest tutorial “Lightroom HDR – Natural Looking HDR In Lightroom”.

When I had brand new HDR image I created in a previous step, I started editing approach I outlined in The Minimalist Guide to Lightroom Editing. I liked the effect of Sunrise preset from Landscape Collection and later used ToolKit adjustments to fine tune image.

The Lightroom Preset Editing Formula: Sunrise (1, 10, 12, 21, 39)

Later, I decided to add more “fire” to the sky and used the Graduated Filter to add more red color to the left part of the sky.
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Point Lobos Magic Forest (California)
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HDR Processed: Lightroom, Photomatix, Photoshop
Bracketing: 5 shots (-3, -2, -1, 0, +1)
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Never Ending Winter (Montreal)
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HDR Processed: Photoshop HDR Pro, Lightroom, Photoshop
Bracketing: 5 shots (-2, -1, 0, +1, +2 )

It is almost middle of March but you hardly can see any signs of the spring here in Montreal. They say winter of 2015 set all possible meteo records and apparently was and still is the coldest winter in 100 years. Yikes. Even though I took two-week break from the winter when I went to Hawaii and California in January, it is unbearable.

SHOOTING + PROCESSING

First off all, I had to force myself to go outside with the camera but it was totally worth it, the sunset was quite beautiful.

The sun was setting on the right side and I wanted to capture foreground vegetation illuminated by warm light, the ice reflections in the middle and the city of Lachine in the background. The idea was to achieve color contrast in my composition between deep blue colors of the sky and ice and the golden hues of the sunset.

I took 5 bracketed shots ( -2, -1, 0, +1, +2) with the camera (Canon 60D) on the tripod (FEISOL Tournament CT-3442).

I used HDR Pro module of Photoshop (check my free guide “Natural Looking HDR Workflow“) to merge 5 bracketed shots to HDR.
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End of Summer (Prince Edward Island)
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The beauty of visiting Prince Edward Island is because of its relatively small in size, you can have an enormous variety of the scenes in a very short period of time.

The day I took the featured photo, I drove for 400km covering the coastal drives of the North Shore, East Shore and South Shore. And each part of the drive had its own distinctive feature. The drive started with the famous red cliffs of the island later the landscape transformed into beautiful dunes with the endless beaches. When I reached the East Shore it was the turn for the fields to dominate the view.

Even though it was a hot and humid afternoon it felt that the summer was almost over.

SHOOTING & PROCESSING

I stopped at the side of the road when I saw the filed with the iconic for PEI landscapes rolls of hay.

I was shooting on a tripod using the widest possible focal length of 10mm. The wide focal length tends to change the perspective by making foreground elements look much bigger and background much smaller. In this particular case, I was standing in a very close proximity to the rally of hey but on the picture, the distance looks much longer.

I set an aperture to f/14 to make sure I had everything focus, starting from the foreground rally all the way to the horizon.

It was a single RAW file editing.

I applied Lightroom preset Point Lobos from my Landscape Collection and after I used TOOLKIT to boost colors and contrast.

The Lightroom Preset Editing Formula: Point Lobos (10, 13, 35)
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Fallen Leaves on the Deck (Montreal)
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This is the spot from where $2 ferry leaves for one of the most spectacular 20min open-air rides from Lachine Canal along Saint Lawrence River. The ferry is not operational at the time of year but the pontoon deck is not removed yet. I jumped over the fence and took few shots, setting the tripod on the deck. trying to include plenty of fall foilage into the composition.

SHOOTING & PROCESSING

The shooting and processing were easy. I took 3 bracketed shots on a tripod but used only middle exposure for editing.

I used Lightroom Rapid Editing, applying Open Sky preset first from Fall Colors Collection and then used TOOLKIT adjustments.

Lightroom Editing Formula: Open Sky (1, 9, 31)
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Big Sur - My Favorite Travel Photography Destination (California)
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HDR Processed: Lightroom, Photomatix, Photoshop
Bracketing: 5 shots (-2, -1, 0, +1, +2)

If I had to choose only one, the most rewarding travel photography destination for me would be the drive along the Pacific coast on California State Route 1 from Los Angeles to San Francisco, with the most interesting part of the drive being the section between Morro Bay and Monterey.

What makes this drive unique is that it does not require a lot of planning. You just drive along Route 1 and the photo opportunities present themselves every few hundred meters. All you have to do is to look around, spot these opportunities, then stop for a quick photo shoot.

A funny story: during my first California State Route 1 coastal drive I rented a smaller car (a Toyota Prius), and for the entire trip I had to unfold and fold back my tripod every time I stopped. By the end of the trip I had sore arms and blisters on my hands. After that experience I always rent a bigger car for the drive, making sure I can keep my tripod unfolded for the duration of the day.

The featured photo illustrates one of those places you can find along Route 1, an unnamed beach where the Little Sur River flows into the Pacific Ocean.
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Midtown Sunset Reflections (New York)
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HDR Processed: Lightroom, Photoshop HDR Pro, Photoshop
Bracketing: 3 shots (-1, 0, +1)
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Bay of Fundy – Hopewell Rocks (New Brunswick)
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The Bay of Fundy in Atlantic Canada is a unique place on its own, but Hopewell Rocks is probably is the most fascinating area of the bay.

This is the place where the vertical elevation of the water during the high tides reaches an astonishing level, up to 46 feet or 14 meters, that’s right 46 feet.

In the morning, you can rent a kayak in Hopewell Rocks park and paddle around the cliffs and the rocks. And in afternoon hours when the tide is the low, you can walk at the bottom of the sea.

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Shooting & Processing

It’s been 5 or 6 years since the last time I visited Hopewell Rocks Park and it became even more challenging to photograph it. Because of the growth of the trees around the observation points and decks, there are almost no spots left from where you can have wide and unobstructed views of the beautiful rocks.

I took 3 bracketed shots hand-held (-1, 0, +1) as I usually do. I used Preset Based Lightroom Editing. I described the process in The Minimalist Guide to Lightroom Editing.

First I applied Lightroom preset Point Lobos from my Landscape Collection and later I used ToolKit to recover shadows and boost saturation.

The Lightroom Preset Editing Formula: Point Lobos (5, 21, 30 )

I had to crop photo more tightly than I wanted to get rid of the distracting tree on the left side. Also, I removed people from the bottom with the help of the Stamp Tool in Photoshop.

Total processing time: 5-10min.
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Colorado River Reflections At Lees Ferry (Arizona)
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Daytime Long exposure photography without Neutral Density (ND) filters

Today I want to share the technique I used during my trip to archive longer exposure effect without actually using the long exposure. Confused? If you are, then you will love this hack.
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Colors and Textures of Bryce Canyon (Utah)
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IThe featured photo is the reason why the Bryce Canyon is my favorite photo location in Utah and Arizona. The colors, the textures and the shapes are unreal, the entire place looks extraterrestrial.

The day I took this photo the luck was on my side. When I entered the Bryce early in the morning the sky was clear without any clouds, it was boring. But, later that day the weather changed and the rain started at least five times providing me with some beautiful cloud formations in between.

It was middle of May and I did not expect to see any snow and when I spotted the traces of the white stuff I knew it was my chance to place it against a beautiful sky.

SHOOTING & PROCESSING

I took 3 bracketed shots on a tripod but used only middle exposure for editing.

I used Lightroom Rapid Editing for Landscapes, applying Natural preset first from Landscape Collection and then used TOOLKIT adjustments.

Lightroom Editing Formula: Natural (2, 9, 13, 17, 30, 34)
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Travel photographer and multimedia designer from Montreal, Canada
Introduction
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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