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Viktor Elizarov

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HDR with Compact Camera. Fall Sunset at the River (Montreal)
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http://www.phototraces.com/deconstructing-photo/hdr-with-compact-camera-fall-sunset-at-the-river-montreal/

HDR Processed: Lightroom, Photomatix, Photoshop
Bracketing: 3 shots (-2; 0; +2) 
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Viktor Elizarov

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From Canyons of Utah to Deserts of Nevada
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http://www.phototraces.com/deconstructing-photo/from-canyons-of-utah-to-deserts-of-nevada/

HDR Processed: Lightroom, Photomatix, Photoshop
Bracketing: 3 shots (-1, 0, +1 ) 
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Viktor Elizarov

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Blue Hour at Niagara Falls (Canada)
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http://www.phototraces.com/deconstructing-photo/blue-hour-at-niagara-falls-canada/

HDR Processed: Lightroom, Photomatix, Photoshop
Bracketing: 3 shots (-1, 0, +1 ) 
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Virgil Mize

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North Dakota train station. 
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Viktor Elizarov

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Cape Gaspe at Sunrise in Forillon National Park (Quebec)
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http://www.phototraces.com/deconstructing-photo/sunrise-at-cape-gaspe-of-forillon-national-park-quebec/

HDR Processed: Lightroom, Photomatix, Photoshop
Bracketing: 5 shots (-2, -1, 0, +1, +2) 
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Brian Okeson

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I love the way the light falls on this shot in the City Center in Las Vegas.
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Viktor Elizarov

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I updated Photo Location Guide with the new destinations
-----> http://goo.gl/PIdxfX 
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Viktor Elizarov

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Forillon National Park From Above at Sunrise (Quebec)
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http://www.phototraces.com/deconstructing-photo/forillon-national-park-from-above-at-sunrise-quebec/

HDR Processed: Lightroom, Photomatix, Photoshop
Bracketing: 5 shots (-2, -1, 0, +1, +2) 
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Viktor Elizarov

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Morro Creek Dunes (California)
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http://www.phototraces.com/deconstructing-photo/morro-creek-dunes-california/

HDR Processed: Lightroom, Photomatix, Photoshop
Bracketing: 5 shots (-2, -1, 0, +1, +2) 
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Viktor Elizarov

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Spring Sunset Clouds at the Marina (Montreal)
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http://www.phototraces.com/deconstructing-photo/sunset-spring-clouds-in-the-marina-montreal/

HDR Processed: Lightroom, Photoshop, Photomatix
Bracketing: 3 shots (-2; 0; +2) 
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Viktor Elizarov

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Sailing in the Fog Under the Golden Gate Bridge (California)
This photo is the perfect reminder why I only shoot RAW format. I embraced RAW from the moment I bought my first camera which supported raw (Canon Rebel). When I opened the first raw photo in Photoshop and I saw its potential compared to JPEG I was convinced immediately and I never looked back.

The only time I switch a camera to JPEG mode is when I shoot sports.

The day I took the featured photo I spent the entire afternoon shooting water polo in Berkley and when after the games I decided to go to Marin Headlands for the sunset, I completely forgot to switch my camera from JPEG back to RAW.

I only noticed the problem when I started to process photos back home. I could not edit this image the way I intended because every time I wanted to apply stronger contrast or more aggressive color correction image would start to break up by revealing ugly banding. I had to settle for less aggressive processing

Shooting

Even though it was middle of May it was very chilly at Marin Headlands with strong wind bringing the cold fog from the ocean to the bay. I had to put on every piece of clothing I had in my car, but it did not help. Then I had to fight the wind while setting up the tripod and trying to keep it steady while shooting.

I took 3 bracketed shots with 1EV intervals (-1, 0, +1) on a tripod.

Processing

I started with Rapid Lightroom Preset-Based Editing (read my tutorial here), applying Natural preset from Landscape Collection and adjusting the exposure (image was underexposed) with the ToolKit. But I was not happy with the result, I wanted to convey the cold feeling of the scene by adding blue color.

In the Basic Panel, I set the White Balance Temperature to -19, shifting the entire white balance of the image towards the blue color. 
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Viktor Elizarov

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Mont-Saint-Bruno Fall Reflections (Canada)
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http://www.phototraces.com/deconstructing-photo/mont-saint-bruno-fall-reflections-canada/

HDR Processed: Lightroom, Photomatix, Photoshop
Bracketing: 3 shots (-1, 0, +1 ) 
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Viktor Elizarov

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Percé Rock Flowers (Quebec)
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http://www.phototraces.com/deconstructing-photo/perce-rock-flowers-quebec/

HDR Processed: Lightroom, Photomatix, Photoshop
Bracketing: 5 shots (-2, -1, 0, +1, +2) 
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Brian Okeson

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Shot in Seattle's Wallingford neighborhood.
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Viktor Elizarov

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Long Exposure Playing Field (Cuba)

Check how photo looked straight from the camera, how it was taken and processed:  http://goo.gl/xCdu1I

I took this photo during my trip to Cuba. Cayo Coco is the popular and very busy place in Cuba. The early mornings was the only time when I could have the place for myself walking with the tripod and DSLR freely. The rest of the day I only used my compact Lumix LX7.

Shooting

It was early morning, the sun was still behind the horizon and it was still pretty dark. Normally, I shoot using aperture around F8 and F11 but in this case I had to set it to F5.6 in order to get shutter speed below 30sec. I used a tripod to pull such a long exposure.

The main challenge was the lack of space on the small pier from where I was shooting. I could not move around to come up with the interesting composition. My goal was to make the net and the left side of the sky, illuminated by the sun, the main elements of the composition. Ideally, I would loved to step back and move to the right but that was not the option because taking long exposure shots while swimming would be extremely challenging.

When I took a bunch of shots while the sun was rising, I could clearly see that orange cloud and the net was too far apart but that was the best I could do.

Processing

The processing itself was very straight forward. I used Rapid Lightroom Preset-Based Editing, applying Natural preset from Landscape Collection and adjusting the exposure (image was underexposed) with the ToolKit.

The real challenge started when I decided to improve the composition by moving the net a couple of inches to the left in Photoshop. I tried the easy solution first but the Content-Aware Move Tool created a complete mess and I had to use transparency masks with the Brush Tool to manual blend the net to a new location.

I believe that by moving the net closed to the center I manage to improve the composition. 
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Viktor Elizarov

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Four Elements Column at Sunset (Montreal)
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http://www.phototraces.com/deconstructing-photo/four-elements-column-at-sunset-montreal/

HDR Processed: Lightroom, Photomatix, Photoshop
Bracketing: 5 shots (-2, -1, 0, +1, +2) 
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Viktor Elizarov

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Lone Tree at the Rim of the Grand Canyon (Arizona)
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http://www.phototraces.com/deconstructing-photo/lone-tree-at-the-rim-of-the-grand-canyon-arizona/

HDR Processed: Lightroom, Photomatix, Photoshop
Bracketing: 5 shots (-2, -1, 0, +1, +2) 
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Viktor Elizarov

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The Minimalist Guide to Lightroom Editing
How I Reduced Lightroom Editing Time in Half!
---> http://goo.gl/8Of5pS 
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Viktor Elizarov

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Zion Canyon Scenic Drive (Utah)

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I took the featured photo while visiting Zion National Park. It was an eventful day. The highlight of the visit was my early morning hike to the top of the Angels Landing trail. By midday, I was completely exhausted and I wanted to take afternoon break before going to sunset hike to Overlook Trail.

I took Zion’s shuttle bus so I could rest and enjoy the beauty of Zion Scenic Drive. When the shuttle reached Big Bend I saw the group of people standing on the side of the road and looking up and pointing somewhere.

When I looked in the same direction I spotted two tiny white dots in the middle of the vertical rock. Few moments later I recognized the team of two rock climbers slowly navigation up to the top of the mountain. I spent at least an hour sitting on the ground and watching the progress of the team. It was fascinating.

Shooting

I took I took 3 bracketed shots with 1EV intervals (-1, 0, +1) on a tripod standing in the middle of the Zion Scenic Drive. I knew from the beginning that I would have to use HDR photography to process this image. Even though the sky was covered with the thick clouds, making the light less dynamic, the scene still had some very dark shadows casted by tall rocks.

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”.

This time I did not have experiment with the different Lightroom presets, straight away I went for the natural and the balanced look. I applied Natural preset from Landscape Collection and later used ToolKit adjustments to fine tune image. 
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Viktor Elizarov

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Manhattan Sunset Skyline (New York)
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http://www.phototraces.com/deconstructing-photo/manhattan-sunset-skyline-new-york/

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