Image taken Friday, February 1, 2013. Posted Monday, March 4, 2013
License: CC-BY-NC-SA (What does this mean?)



Fortitude Valley, Brisbane
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

This is a panorama of a really narrow alley and building site in Fortitude Valley.

This is stitched from 15 images, and there are some stitching errors because of the tight confines and really wide-angle shots. Hugin found about 2900 control points and I added a few hundred more manually.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 650D
Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 USM IS @ 15mm
Exposure: 1/40" @ f/8, ISO 100 (M, 1-stop bracketing)

Post processing:

Lightroom 4 -

  1. Resized images to 3000px as Hugin couldn't handle the full 5000px images (even with 16gb of ram, even with just two images, suggesting it's a per-image limitation).
  2. For the bottom right image, exposure +2 stops to bring out the detail of the mess underneath.
Hugin -
  1. Auto find control points
  2. Add about 300 extra control points manually
Lightroom 4 -
  1. Preset: B&W Look 5, which uses desaturation to get a B&W image, with shadow levels -15, temp +60 and tint +25. This preset changes the source image to red before converting to B&W (you can see this effect if you convert any image B&W, then mess with the temp slider).
  2. Brought some saturation back (+15). This resulting in a red tint.
  3. Exposure +0.5 stops, highlights -100, shadows +45, white clipping +75, black clipping -40, clarity +15
  4. Spot adjustment on the brick wall at the back: Exposure -0.9 stops
  5. Spot adjustment on the sky #1: Exposure -0.75 stops, contrast +100, highlights +95, shadows -100, clarity -100
  6. Spot adjustment on the sky #2 (because one was not enough!): Exposure -0.9 stops, contrast -100 (yes, this doesn't make sense), highlights +100, shadows -100

The wash-up:

There are quite a few stitching errors just I just could not get rid of. Also, the sky is quite low-contrast. One way to fix that would be to replace it (thanks Jennie!) but I lack the skills at the moment to do such a thing.

What would you do?

You are welcome to have a go at editing this photo yourself. When editing in browser, maximum size is 1600x1200px and edits can be saved as a comment if you want to share your work. Go crazy!

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3 Responses to “Abandoned Valley Building Site”

  1. Micah

    Where abouts in the valley is this?? Would really love to check it out 🙂

    • lime

      Hi Micah, this was from 2013 so perhaps it has been built up by now. It’s the Valley though, so who knows. It was most likely Constance Street (or maaaybe Bridge Street), near Ann Street.


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