Location:Kangaroo Point, Brisbane
The Setup:This is a sculpture called Fish Fossil, by Christopher Trotter and made in 1995 from scrap metal and concrete.
Mum asked many months ago to find this sculpture and take a photo, and I have been searching for it all of this time. I knew it existed because I had seen photos, but it eluded me every time. As it turns out, this is because I was always riding past on my bike, and it is tilted in such a way that when riding past, it's almost invisible. I finally spotted it when I was training for Bridge to Brisbane and jogged past it.
The camera & lens:Camera: Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
Exposure: 1/60" @ f/25/10, ISO 100
Lightroom - The main thing I wanted to highlight was the beautiful copper tones, with the colour and texture of everything else being secondary. The curves adjustment was pretty harsh (highlights +100, lights +50, darks -25, shadows -100). I wanted to do a clarity +100 but that made the dappled light at the bottom of frame quite unpleasant. Instead I used an adjustment filter and set clarity and contrast +35 over only the sculpture itself. I still wasn't happy with the tones so the final adjustment was to change the luminance colour mix - setting red +20 and orange +55 - to brighten those tones.
The wash-up:It was a particularly sunny day which made for harsh dappled light - another day with clouds would have been better for this.
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!