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Winter Reflective Symmetry (Montreal)
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Because of the very cold weather, the rivers and lakes were frozen solid by the end of November. However, due to the complete lack of snow and wind, they looked more like ice rinks with their perfectly flat and reflective surfaces. I am not sure if it was safe to skate or not but with the clouds reflecting on the ice it looked quite unique and beautiful.

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Unique and beautiful, indeed! Love it! Thanks for sharing :)
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Red Chairs Over the Bay of Fundy (New Brunswick)
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It was the third days of my driving trip to Atlantic Canada. I woke up in Saint Andrews (NB) before the sunrise and two hours later I entered Fundy National Park. It was still pretty early. The red chairs attracted my attention imidate. I spent al least 20min sitting on one of them and enjoying the peaceful view.

And 20 min later it was time to leave and to move to another spot. I love driving trips.

SHOOTING & PROCESSING

Even though I was shooting directly into the sun, the sun was not completely exposed. It was partly shaded by the white clouds defusing the light a bit. The was the main reason I decided to bracket my shots by only 1EV value and not 2EV. And I knew from the beginning that I would have to use HDR processing.

After I produced HDR image, in order to improve the composition and to introduce a little bit of confusion, I flipped the image horizontally. Also, I changed the aspect ratio from 3 x 2 to 4 x 3.

After, I used Rapid Editing fro Landscapes. I described the process in tutorial Lightroom Rapid Editing System for Landscapes.

First I applied Lightroom preset Point Lobos from my Landscape Collection and later I used TOOLKITt to boost colors, contrast and to recover the shadows.

In order to improve the composition,

The Lightroom Preset Editing Formula: Point Lobos (9, 12, 16, 31)

The last touch was done in Photoshop where I covered the distractions with the Stamp Tool. Also, I added a layer filled with yellow color and set it to Soft Light blending mode to emphasize the warmth of the sunrise.

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Santa Monica Pier Clouds (California)
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HDR Processed: Lightroom, Photoshop HDR Pro, Photoshop
Bracketing: 3 shots ( -1, 0, 1 )

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Honolulu Sunset Colors (Hawaii)
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The main challenge while shooting was to keep my tripod from flying away with the wind. I had to apply pressure with my body weight to keep it steady.

I shot 3 bracketed photos (-1, 0, +1) as I normally do, but I only used a single RAW image to process this photo. The main processing was done in Lightroom. I used the 2 Graduated Filters to darken the sky and emphasize sunset color in the top right.

For the processing, I used a Lightroom preset based workflow, using Natural present from my Landscapes Collection (you can always download free presets ).

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Very nice view, 
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10 Second Lightroom Skin Tone Fix
Today I want to share my favorite technique for adjusting skin tone in Lightroom when editing portraits.
http://www.phototraces.com/lightroom-tips/lightroom-skin-tone/

Lightroom can be painfully slow, but if you know these small but valuable &qout;helpers&qout;, the sun will shine brighter and your blood pressure will be lower
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+John Peltier same here. It drives me nuts how slow LR is but it is the best tool around.
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Grand Manan Island – Sunset at Flagg Cove (New Brunswick)
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I took the featured photo just minutes before leaving Grand Manan Island in the late evening. I was on my way to the ferry, ready to head back to the mainland when I realized that I had at least 20-30min to kill before the departure.

I left my car at the ferry terminal parking lot and went around the harbor hunting for interesting shots. I was not optimistic at all because the sky was plain boring and soft evening light was ruined by the atmospheric haze.

When I saw floating logs I knew it was my chance. I intentionally minimized the impact of the sky in my composition, making the logs the focal point instead.

SHOOTING & PROCESSING

I took 3 bracketed shots on a tripod (-1, 0, +1) as I usually do, but I used only middle exposure to edit image in Lightroom.

I used single RAW image editing in Lightroom. I described the process in The Minimalist Guide to Lightroom Editing.

The goal of the editing was to emphasize the impact of the floating logs in the foreground. First, I cropped the original image, making it square. Second, I applied Lightroom preset Drought from my Landscape Collection, highlighting the logs with the bright color.

The Lightroom Preset Editing Formula: Drought (2, 9, 17, 30)

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Sunrise Over the Hanauma Bay Rim Trail (Hawaii)
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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 here) and customized it slightly by adding more orange color to the sky.

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Perce Rock in Sunrise Fog (Quebec)
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Processing: Digital Blending with Lminosity Masks
Bracketing: 2 shots (-1, 0 )

That year I spend 3 days in the vicinity of town of Percé on the Atlantic coast of Quebec. The weather was awful for all 3 days; with humid, hazy air and dull sky without any clouds. I was ready to write it off as a complete photo disaster and hoping to have more luck at my next destination – the Prince Edward Island.

On the morning on my departure I woke up at 5am ready to take 8 hours drive to Prince Edward Island and this is the view I saw. I had just enough time to drive to the hill and take few pictures before morning fog was burnt off my rising sun.

SHOOTING AND PROCESSING

I did not have time for setting up my gear, so I was shooting hand-held. Even though the light was not dynamic at all I took 3 bracketed shots (-1, 0, +1) just in case.

I selected only 2 bracketed shots (-1 and 0) in Lightroom and processed them individually.

In the final step I placed 2 images on separate layers in Photoshop and blend them together using luminosity masks.

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Congratulation +Viktor Elizarov  your photograph has been selected to be displayed at +Photo Mania Canada #photomaniacanada. Thank you for sharing your fantastic work !
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Bonsecours Basin Park in Fall Colors
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HDR Processed: Lightroom, Photoshop, Photomatix
Bracketing: 3 shots (-2; 0; +2)

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Open Road to the Mountains (California)
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HDR Processed: Lightroom, Photomatix, Photoshop
Bracketing: 4 shots (-2, -1, 0, +1)

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Spooner’s Cove Rock (California)
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HDR Processed: Lightroom, Photomatix, Photoshop
Bracketing: 5 shots (-2, -1, 0, +1, +2 )

I found this beautiful rock (cliff?) at the small and secluded Spooner’s Beach in Montana De Oro State Park. The beach is located approximately midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco when you drive along California State Route 1.

I have already featured the Spooner’s Cove layered arch in my older post. It is amazing that such a small and not very known spot has two distinctive attractions. This is any travel photographer’s dream.

Montana De Oro State Park is the great place to spend a day. My favorite places in the park are the hiking trails along the elevated pacific shore. But it can be extremely windy close to the shore. At some point during the day, you will start looking for a quiet place to relax. Spooner’s Cove serves as an amazing refuge from gusty winds where you can lie down under the sun or have quite picnic with a breathtaking view.

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Mont-Saint-Bruno Fall Reflections (Canada)
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HDR Processed: Lightroom, Photomatix, Photoshop
Bracketing: 3 shots (-1, 0, +1 )

While processing this image, I decided to do something different, more artsy or even abstract. When I analyzed 3 bracketed photos that I took in Mont Saint Bruno park, I could see that the main attractions were reflections in the water of the lake and the top part of the composition, where the sky is, which was a bit weak and boring.

I flipped the entire image and cropped it to keep only the reflections. Now, every single element of the image is the reflection in the water. It reminds me now of an impressionist painting.

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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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