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Fall colors in Tremblant

Hello everyone! Did you all have a wonderful long weekend? I know it’s been too long. After an unscheduled hiatus, I am back. A lot have happened while I was away. Between another death in the family (the 3rd one in less than 2 years!) and a much welcomed visit from friends and family, this girl has been pretty busy. It felt good not to worry about my blog during that time though, I must admit,  it was liberating.

I don’t know about your part of the world, but over here, it seems as if Fall is starting to poke its head. You can certainly feel the cooler morning breeze. On our way to the Thousand Islands on Sunday, I swear I saw some of the leaves have already turned red and yellow. 

The image above is from my archive, taken during the peak of Fall last year. I figured, well, the coming of Autumn is inevitable so instead of fighting it, I might as well welcome it with open arms.  I have a few photos from the Thousand Island trip, but those will have to wait till tomorrow, although if you’ve “liked” my Facebook page, you’ve probably have seen a few already. 

I’ve realized something very important while I was away, that I am in love with the matte look on photos. If you noticed, the image above was processed that way. It took me a while to figure out how this was done. It was sort of an “aha!” moment when I finally found the correct way to do it, and I’ve re-processed some of my previous photos this way.  If you check my portfolio site (opens on a new window), you’ll see what I mean. Expect most of the photos on this site to be done this way moving forward because I think I have finally found my personal stamp. 

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Autumn Veil

Autumn Veil

Autumn Veil | ISO – 100 | 60 mm | 1/350 sec @ f/5.6 | Edited with Topaz Lens Effects      (Click on the image for a better view)

Pardon me for posting another Autumn landscape, but I was going through some photos that I took last Fall and I realized there are a few that had some potential. This is a shot of Village Tremblant, which was taken as I was standing at the Summit.

"Autumn veil" original You must know that the fog on this image was added during post, since my purchase of the Topaz Bundle some time ago, I haven’t had the chance to play with Topaz Lens Effects and I thought this was a good candidate. I knew I wanted to add “veil” to the landscape, so, after the adjustments on Lightroom 4, I fired up Topaz Lens Effects in Photoshop and added the “Fog” effects” to the water and a little bit to the ground.

This was the original image after Lightroom 4. As you can see, the landscape was pretty clear with no fog in sight. I do like the original, but I’m sure a little creativity never hurts anyone.

So, what do you think?

Weekly Photo Challenge: Changing Seasons

Surely, I am not alone in thinking that Autumn is the best season ever! The dramatic change from the lush green landscape to the brilliant hues that is gold, yellow and red is enough reason to love the season.

 

This post is my entry to the Weekly Photo Challenge‘s Changing Seasons theme.

I Refuse to Entertain Winter…Not Yet…

I cannot believe we’re in December already. You know what that means, right? Winter is just around the corner. We had a taste of ol’ man winter just a few days ago, I’m so not ready for it yet…so please allow me to feast on the remaining colors of Fall.
Remainder of Autumn in the city

Photo taken at Old Port, Montreal | ISO - 100 | Focal length: 28 mm | F-stop: f/11 | Exposure time: 1/180 sec

Capturing What Counts

I had an irresistible urge to get up early last Saturday. The goal was to head to the park before the sun rises to capture some macro shots of the morning dew on the grass. Well, when I got to the park, the sun was starting to rise, and the ground was bone dry, no morning dew in sight! I walked around more, went closer to the river hoping to find some…none…nada!

I wasn’t going to leave the park without shooting anything, so I figured, I’d have some fun capturing the remaining traces of Fall.

Curled-maple-leaf-on-bench
                                              ISO - 100 | Focal length: 90 mm | F-stop: f/4 | Exposure time: 1/250 sec

Sidelit-red-maple-leaf-on-rock 
 ISO - 100 | Focal length: 90 mm | F-stop: f/4 | Exposure time: 1/180 sec