Location:Brisbane - City Botanical Gardens
The Setup:The figs in the park were planted in 1870 and are pretty special to look at.
I walk past here once a week on my way to Bridge to Brisbane training, but only have my iPhone with me at that point - not much good for taking photos in the dark of a dark tree. So I rode over today during lunch time with a backpack of lenses and made sure I got something to be happy with.
I had originally intended to get a fish-eye shot of the roots from floor to sky, but it ended up not looking fantastic.
The camera & lens:Camera: Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
Exposure: 1/30" @ f/4/1, ISO 400
Lightroom - After cropping down, I gave it a mild curve adjustment (lights +20, darks -25, shadows -15). I then increased the saturation on the blue (+15) and aqua (+10) - a small amount, to make them pop. Then I used some selective colour removal and boost (yellow, aqua and blue +100, purple -100) to make for more pop. It's not the monochrome that is normally associated with 'selective colour', but this is for a more natural look. Final adjustment is a little fill light (+5) and blacks (+10)
The wash-up:It's a bit blurry (handheld at 1/30") so I probably should have stepped up to ISO 800.
What do you think?All constructive criticism is welcome! Please let me know what you think, and what you don't like about the picture. Everything is on the table, including the setup, equipment used, and the post processing. Nothing is off-limits and I'm always eager to learn!