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Viktor Elizarov

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Step by Step Guide: Long Exposure and Lightroom Editing

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Brian Okeson

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Fun stuff to shoot in LA!                                                                                         #photography   #photooftheday   #canon   #canonphotography   #canonphotographers   #canonusers   #california   #losangeles   #art  
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Viktor Elizarov

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Greyhound Rock Trail (California)

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This is another beautiful spot along California State Route 1. Just a few miles after Santa Cruz, while driving towards San Francisco, you pass beautiful  Greyhound Rock Beach.

As you can guess, the main attraction of this location is Greyhound Rock. When you look at the beach from the distance, the rock looks like enormous sea creature laying close to the shore.

I took this photo while walking along the steep trail down to the ocean.

This was very challenging photo to process. I was shooting directly into the sun with the strong wind bending pampas grass violently from left to right. I was not sure if it would be possible to avoid ghosting effects when processing it for HDR.
 
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Mr. H.A. Double

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Ivan Borys

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Viktor Elizarov

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Dynamic Sunset at the River (Montreal)

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HDR Processed: Lightroom, Photomatix, Photoshop
Bracketing: 9 shots (-4, -3,  -2, -1, 0, +1, +2, +3, +4 )

It was another day with absolutely unpredictable weather in Montreal. I went to my favorite spot in the city for the sunsets without much hope of getting any light at all. For the entire afternoon the sun was completely covered with the thick and dark clouds.

Just before the sun was ready to submerge under the horizon the small opening appeared, letting sun out of the clouds. The sunset lasted 3-5 minutes at most but it was enough for me to take a few interesting shots.

The light was extremely dynamic. I was shooting directly into the sun but at the same time I had spots of very dark shadows around me. To make sure I cover entire range of light I took 9 bracketed shots from -4EV to+4EV. Later, I used only 7 exposures to tone map HDR image; +3 and +4 exposures were way too bright and unusable. 
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Viktor Elizarov

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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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Brian Okeson

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One of my favorite subjects! A grand old lady she is!
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Viktor Elizarov

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Low Clouds Over San Gregorio Beach (California)
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Viktor Elizarov

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Snowless Winter Sunset (Montreal)
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http://www.phototraces.com/deconstructing-photo/snowless-winter-sunset-montreal/

The only real challenge I had with the shot was my long shadow being cast over the grass by the setting sun. I had to deal with it in post processing by masking it with the Stamp Tool in Photoshop. 
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Viktor Elizarov

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My Most Challenging Photograph of the Year – Montreal City Lights

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Processing: Digital Blending with Lminosity Masks

This cityscape was by far my most challenging photograph of 2014. It was not easy to take it and I had some difficulties to process it. I think it deserves a dedicated post with the detailed outline of my workflow.
 
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Ivan Borys

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Viktor Elizarov

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Snow Ride on Saint-Paul Street in Old Montreal

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My original plan was to post new photo which reflects 2014 holiday season but it was not easy to do. Here in Montreal, we were on track to have amazing white holidays but heavy rain melted all snow just hours before Christmas. Now, the winter is back with the very cold temperature but there is still no snow. It does not look pretty.

This photo I took a few years back in the heart of Old Montreal on Saint-Paul street. I processed it for HDR using Photoshop HDR Pro with the goal to achieve natural looking image. 
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Viktor Elizarov

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Low Clouds Over San Gregorio Beach (California)

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For this particular shot I had to use hybrid processing. Initially, the plan was to use traditional approach and process 4 or 5 bracketed shots for HDR in Photomatix and finish it off in Photoshop. Later, when I tone mapped 4 brackets (+2EV was way too overexposed) in Photomatix I was not happy with the result. Somehow, the ocean, the beach and foreground slopes looked great but the sky and the mountains in the background looked over processed and way too contrasted.

I opened 0EV bracket in Lightroom and processed RAW file, concentrating on background elements only, disregarding ocean and beach at all. Then I blended 2 images (one from Photomatix and another one from Lightroom) in Photoshop using transparency masks. This way I got the best of both worlds. 
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Ivan Borys

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+Nimit Rastogi Many thanks!
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Viktor Elizarov

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Bryce Canyon – Minutes Before the Snow Storm (Utah)

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Processing: Digital Blending with Lminosity Masks

As I was standing at the edge of the Bryce Canyon watching the storm from the distance I had no idea how different the landscape would look in 15-20 minutes. It was hard to imagine that transformation from warm and sunny spring afternoon to freezing winter would be so abrupt. At the same time I had no reason to complain; it was an amazing day for landscape and travel photography.

Couple of hours later when I realized that heavy snow storm ruined my hopes for the beautiful sunset, I rushed to Zion National Park where I had more luck with the evening light.
 
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Viktor Elizarov

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Manhattan’s Tilted View (New York)
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http://www.phototraces.com/deconstructing-photo/new-york-city-tilted-view/

Thousands and thousands of photos are taken from exactly the same spot where I was standing. This is when I decided to do something different; I tilted my camera and took three bracketed shots. I broke my first rule of photography which states - always keep the horizon horizontal. I topped it with black and white treatment in post-processing and achieved quite an unconventional photo of an iconic location. 
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Viktor Elizarov

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Colors and Textures of Utah Desert

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This is another photo from my driving trip to the Southwest. After exploring Utah for three days, visiting Bryce Canyon National Park and Zion National Park, I was ready to drive towards the ocean. 
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Ivan Borys

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