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Making Of: A Snowy backyard somewhere on the Plateau Mont-Royal – Montreal

Since I got to Montreal in 1997, I’ve always been fascinated by those backyard alleys, and specifically those who display a lot of symmetry. The brickworks of many old buildings make for a great interest too.

This specific photo was taken on Christmas Eve 2009 on a fairly overcast weather. I used a Nikon D300 and a Sigma 10-20mm all zoomed out at 10mm to make sure I captured the whole scene. I used a tripod to be able to stay at low ISO. The exposure lasted 2.5 seconds at F/10.0 and ISO 200.

Retouching involved mainly curves and levels adjustments in order to increase contrast on the whole image as well as locally.

  • Photo after retouching

Photograph of a snowy backyard taken on the plateau mont-royal neighborhood on christmas eve

  • Photo before retouching

  • Video showing the adjustments done on each adjustment layer in Photoshop.


David Giral is a published Montreal/Toronto based editorial and commercial professional photographer specialized in architecture, interiors, portrait and travel photography.

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