October of 2021 was my second trip to the marvelous Charlevoix region with friends. We chose that time of year because the area is so spectacular in autumn. During my first trip in 2019, I had fallen in love with this location. I took a shot that was published on LPM website, see my VIP web page:
This photograph was taken on the end of the hiking trail called “la Chouenne” in the Parc National des Grands-Jardins. Weather conditions, the time it would take to climb the mountain, and the sunset direction were key elements in planning this shot. After arriving at the summit of the mountain hike, I was once again amazed by the layers of mountains receding toward the horizon, the texture of the land, and the colours in the foreground.
I setup my tripod and my Leica wide angle-lens. I closed the aperture to F22 to obtain the starlight effect from the light source. In order to catch the large dynamic range of the scene, I programmed the camera to perform an exposure bracketing of 5 shots with a one-stop exposure variation between each shot. Back home, I would have enough information to post process a final photograph. I planned to trigger the shots just before the sun touched the mountain in the background. Looking at this beauty, as always, I think “Nature is so beautiful. I have to go back to Charlevoix!”
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