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Viktor Elizarov

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Conquering Angels Landing in Zion National Park
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http://www.phototraces.com/trip-in-pictures/day-2-conquering-angels-landing-in-zion-national-park/

My second day of the trip was entirely dedicated to an exploration of Zion National Park.

The highlight of the day was hiking all the way to the top of the famous Angels Landing trail.

I have visited Zion previously and I knew what to expect and I had all the facts about the trail.

Distance: 5-miles
Average Hiking Time: 5 hours
Difficulty: Strenuous uphill hike.
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Trail Usage: Heavy

Since the average person does not hike with the tripod and does not stop every 100 meters to take photos, I estimated the average travel photographer hiking time to about 7-8 hours.

I also knew that late morning and early afternoon hours in Zion could be very crowded and in general I am not very found of people in my landscapes. Instead of unapologetically removing them from my reality in Photoshop I decided to beat the crowd and start the hike as early as possible.

I was on the very first park’s shuttle bus in the early morning and I started my hike in the very comfortable cool temperature with absolutely no people around.

Shooting

Once again, after analyzing the scene I could see the very bright area of the sky and the deep shadows at the bottom of the canyon. To shoot for HDR was the obvious choice.

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

Processing

I keep experimenting with Lightroom 6 new feature – HDR Merge. I like that Lightroom produces HDR file in DNG format which is relatively small. I also appreciate that Lightroom adds “HDR” to the name of newly created DNG file.

I merged 3 bracketed RAW images to HDR using Lightroom 6.

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

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USA. A voyage to United States of America - New York City, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Boston, New Orleans...
http://traveladventureeverywhere.blogspot.com/2012/01/united-states-of-america-new-york-city.html
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Noccalula Falls Park - the biggest attraction in this park is a 27 meter waterfall.
http://www.traveltourismblog.com/attractions-in-alabama.php
In the park you can see even a zoo, a golf course and a bronze statue of a woman who intends to throw into the waters of the waterfall.
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Wisata Gan

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Hai wisatagan bagi anda yang sedang berkunjung ke Sulawesi Inilah Tempat Pariwisata yang ada di Pulau Sulawesi yang Wajib anda Kunjungi. ada beberapa objek wisata di sulawesi yang begitu indah dan menarik jadi jangan sampai a...
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Alex Foster

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Most interesting natural landmarks in Utah
http://www.traveltourismblog.com/natural-landmarks-in-utah.php
The most impressive natural landmarks in Utah are concentrated in five national parks which are the pride of this continental US state.
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Viktor Elizarov

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El Matador Beach Rocks at Sunset (California)
Check how photo looked straight from the camera, how it was taken and processed:
http://www.phototraces.com/deconstructing-photo/el-matador-beach-rocks-at-sunset-california/

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

This is not a well-known or very popular travel photography destination when you drive along California’s Pacific Coast Highway in the vicinity of Malibu, which is not too far from Los Angeles. And if you are not looking for it, you are definitely going to miss it.
 
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Viktor Elizarov

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Frozen Montmorency Falls (Quebec)
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http://www.phototraces.com/deconstructing-photo/frozen-montmorency-falls-quebec/

Processing: Digital Blending with Lminosity Masks
Bracketing: 3 shots (-1, 0, +1 )

Last week I had a chance to visit Quebec city. I was very excited about the trip since it was the first time I had opportunity to visit Montmorency Falls in the winter. Plus, it was the time of the famous Quebec Winter Carnival and I anticipated interesting photography opportunities.

What I did not anticipate was the temperature below -20°C and with the combination with strong gusty wind it made my outdoor photography activities very uncomfortable and not very enjoyable.

SHOOTING

When I reached Montmorency Falls I realized that I was not equipped properly for the freezing weather and I would not last outside for too long. I left my tripod in the car and spend only 20-30 min around the falls taking bracketed shots hand-held, making sure I used fast shutter speed.

PROCESSING

For this particular photo, I used luminosity masking technique. I used 3 bracketed shots (-1, 0, +1) and blended them together in Photoshop using transparency masks 

 
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Viktor Elizarov

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Red Chairs Over the Bay of Fundy (New Brunswick)
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http://www.phototraces.com/deconstructing-photo/red-chairs-over-bay-of-fundy-new-brunswick/

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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Tutors Field

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Whether you are a travel guru or a student looking to go on a vacation. You can share your own worthwhile experiences with the world by uploading or sharing your pictures.

www.plannergraph.com/
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Ponte del 2 Giugno? Sembra perfetta Barcellona..  http://bit.ly/volobarcellona2giungo #ilviaggio  
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Viktor Elizarov

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From Fazana to Brijuni Island (Croatia)
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http://www.phototraces.com/deconstructing-photo/from-fazana-to-brijuni-island-croatia

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

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CN Tower and Life Saving Equipment (Toronto)
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http://www.phototraces.com/deconstructing-photo/life-saving-equipment-at-toronto-island-canada-toronto-skyline-in-the-fog-canada-3/

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

I took this photo on the Toronto Island while walking from the Ward’s Island Ferry Dock along Cibola Ave. To be honest, I did not see too many photography opportunities on the Island that day. The weather was awful and the tall trees along the waterfront covered view of Toronto made it a monotonous and somewhat boring walk.

At some point, when approaching the Sunfish Cut, I saw a small opening in the wall of trees and this is when I realized how distinctive and prominent the CN Tower is. Even at this distance and the atmospheric haze it still dominated Toronto’s skyline proving to be the signature landmark of the city.

Even after I composed my shot with the orange lifebuoys as the main foreground element, the CN Tower still draws the most attention. 
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Viktor Elizarov

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Bonsecours Basin Park in Fall Colors 
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http://www.phototraces.com/deconstructing-photo/bonsecours-basin-park-in-fall-colors-montreal/

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

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http://www.traveltourismblog.com/strangest-lakes-on-earth.php
The strangest lakes on Earth are one of the most beautiful creations of nature, the lakes are a source of life and livelihood for many people since ancient times. In the world, however, there are lakes, which are different from the rest. See some of them:
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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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