Image taken Sunday, June 22, 2014. Posted Sunday, July 27, 2014
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General location: South-East Queensland

The Setup:


From our apartment, I shot this out the window. Using the camera's multi-shot mode, this was 15x10 second shots, stacked with Starstax.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Sony RX100 II
Lens: Sony RX100M2 fixed lens 10.4-37.1mm f/1.8-4.9 (28-105mm equivalent) @ 10.4mm
Exposure: 150" @ f/10, ISO 160

Post processing:

StarStax 0.52 -

  1. Stacked with Lighten mode
No further edits made.

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Image taken Thursday, August 29, 2013. Posted Sunday, July 20, 2014
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Location:

Somewhere on the Ipswich line, Qld
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

Wheelchair symbol on the train gets the treatment.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 650D
Lens: Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX-DC @ 30mm
Exposure: 1/125" @ f/2, ISO 100 (0/1)

Post processing:

Starting point - not much wrong with this, however there's still room for improvement.


Auto upright perspective does some subtle straightening


Spot removal AKA clone stamp to remove the chewing gum


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Image taken Monday, April 7, 2014. Posted Tuesday, July 8, 2014
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Location:

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:


These guys take their sandcastle building very seriously.

Surfers Paradise's beaches need constant maintenance.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Sony RX100 II
Lens: Sony RX100M2 fixed lens 10.4-37.1mm f/1.8-4.9 (28-105mm equivalent) @ 37.1mm
Exposure: 1/1600" @ f/6.3, ISO 160 (0/10)

Post processing:

Starting point - sunny day with camera on auto.


Auto upright perspective has straightened the horizon for me.


To brighten the scene: Basic: Exposure +0.3 stops, shadows +70, white clipping +30, black clipping -30, clarity +30, saturation +20


To give the water a bit more zing, it was time for a bit more fine tuning. Switched to HSL panel, set blue saturation +30 and aqua +5.


Final step, noise reduction, luminance +20. Result of this is subtle.


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Image taken Saturday, May 17, 2014. Posted Tuesday, July 1, 2014
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Location:

Ipswich Showgrounds, Ipswich
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

The bee exhibit at the show. I shot this against mesh - close enough and wide enough, the mesh is invisible.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Sony RX100 II
Lens: Sony RX100M2 fixed lens 10.4-37.1mm f/1.8-4.9 (28-105mm equivalent) @ 12.48mm
Exposure: 1/500" @ f/2.8, ISO 160 (0/10)

Post processing:

Image shot through mesh, needs lots of work.


Crop and rotate


Lens corrections panel. Auto perspective adjustment didn’t do the trick, so I went to manual. Horizontal +15.


Basic panel. Shadows +25, clarity +75


Graduated filter to bring some darkness back to the lower half. Shadows -70


Noise reduction: Luminance +20, detail +100. Only really noticeable at pixel level.


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Image taken Saturday, June 28, 2014. Posted Sunday, June 29, 2014
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Location:

Bundamba, Ipswich
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

This is the former site of some industrial buildings at Bundamba. Bunnings has bought the entire block.

Wandering home from the train station after a night out, I put my camera through the fence to snap these nine images. They are stitched together using Microsoft ICE (Image Composite Editor).

The camera & lens:

Camera: Sony RX100 II
Lens: Sony RX100M2 fixed lens 10.4-37.1mm f/1.8-4.9 (28-105mm equivalent) @ 10.4mm
Exposure: 0.5" @ f/1.8, ISO 3200 (Manual exposure due to keep exposure consistent through the panorama)

Post processing:

First attempt to stitch with Hugin. I've had some good experiences with Hugin in the past, but with my new camera, we've started to have a disagreement. Hugin is very configurable, but no matter what I do, I can't get a good stitch - I think it's to do with particular properties of this camera and lens.


Second attempt using Microsoft ICE (Image Composite Editor). ICE is less configurable - it either works or it doesn't. Luckily for me, it has worked on this set.


Crop out any blank areas.


To make the colours a bit more interesting, in the basic panel, presence: clarity +20, vibrance +30, saturation +20


I like the colours on the left, however they got a bit washed out. Graduated filter, contrast +100


High ISO means high noise. Noise reduction, luminance +40


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Image taken Saturday, May 10, 2014. Posted Thursday, June 26, 2014
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A kitten licking its lips

Location:

RSPCA, Wacol
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

This was a kitten just placed in the cages, caught at an inopportune moment.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Sony RX100 II
Lens: Sony RX100M2 fixed lens 10.4-37.1mm f/1.8-4.9 (28-105mm equivalent) @ 10.4mm
Exposure: 1/30" @ f/1.8, ISO 5000 (0/10)

Post processing:

Starting point, shot through the caging into a dark cage.


Crop out the caging and focus on the subject.


Basic: Black clipping +100, to lighten the kitten.


Noise reduction: Luminance +45, detail +100; colour +100.


Closeup of before and after the noise reduction. Lightening the shadows on an ISO 5000 shot = lots and lots of all kinds of noise.


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Image taken Saturday, May 10, 2014. Posted Tuesday, June 24, 2014
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Location:

RSPCA, Wacol
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:


Lindsey seemed a very anxious dog, and was both intrigued by and scared of Evelyn.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Sony RX100 II
Lens: Sony RX100M2 fixed lens 10.4-37.1mm f/1.8-4.9 (28-105mm equivalent) @ 20.85mm
Exposure: 1/60" @ f/3.5, ISO 3200 (0/10)

Post processing:

Starting point - shot through glass in indoor light.


Auto upright perspective correction (to correct the angles of the walls - still had to compromise by keeping a slightly off-angle, rather than have it look totally unnatural)


Crop to focus on the detail / reduce blank space in the shot.


Basic: Highlights +10, shadows -70, white clipping -30, black clipping -60 (to increase contrast). Still a bit dark after this.


Basic: Clarity +55 - brings some brightness back via popping the wall detail. Whether this is a good idea is up to your sensibilities.


Noise reduction: Luminance +40, detail +100. This is also subjective - at 100%, I could go with either one. Zoomed out, no real difference. The noisier image ends up with a much large filesize though.


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Image taken Saturday, May 10, 2014. Posted Saturday, June 21, 2014
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Location:

RSPCA, Wacol
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

We took Evelyn to visit the RSPCA and see the animals. Here, the dogs that jump up are the ones that are rewarded by visitors with pats.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Sony RX100 II
Lens: Sony RX100M2 fixed lens 10.4-37.1mm f/1.8-4.9 (28-105mm equivalent) @ 10.4mm
Exposure: 1/30" @ f/1.8, ISO 200 (0/10)

Post processing:

Starting point - shot from above my head, using the bendy screen for composition.


Auto perspective correction, straightens the lines of the door.


Crop out some extraneous feet.


Basic panel: Shadows +90, clarity +40. This brings out details on the black dog's head.


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Image taken Sunday, April 20, 2014. Posted Thursday, June 19, 2014
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Location:

Laidley, Qld
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

Some bearded cleaning equipment with googly eyes.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Sony RX100 II
Lens: Sony RX100M2 fixed lens 10.4-37.1mm f/1.8-4.9 (28-105mm equivalent) @ 10.4mm
Exposure: 1/30" @ f/1.8, ISO 400 (0/10)

Post processing:

Starting point, could really leave it as is, but who can resist adding a bit of pop.


Here's some pop. Basic panel: Highlights +60, white clipping +40, black clipping -35.


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Image taken Tuesday, February 4, 2014. Posted Tuesday, June 17, 2014
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A city apartment building with bikes tied up front and a motorcycle going past.

Location:

Ann St, Brisbane
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

Seen on my morning run, this is a slightly run-down apartment building in the city. I don't know if the bikes are a permanent fixture, but I approve.

The camera & lens:

Camera: FinePix XP60
Lens: Fuji FinePix XP60 fixed lens 5-25mm (28-140mm equiv) f/3.9-4.9 @ 5mm
Exposure: 1/100" @ f/3.9, ISO 100 (0/100)

Post processing:

Starting point, needs some serious work. All done in Lightroom 5


Auto upright perspective - mimicked the effect of a tilt-shift lens to straighten the vertical lines of the building.


Crop - down to a 3:2 perspective (original was 4:3). I tend to keep the ratio of the original shot but this one seemed to suit 3:2 better.


Auto tone - lightened the scene automatically and balanced the exposure a bit


First graduated filter, centre of shot to top, balance exposure by darkening the upstairs area. Exposure -0.7 stops, contrast +100, highlights -100, shadows 45.


Second graduated filter, middle of ground floor downward, to lighten the downstairs area. Exposure +1.1 stops.


Further lighten the downstairs area with some overall edits in basic panel. Including the settings made by the earlier auto tone: Exposure +0.55 stops, highlights -20, shadows +65, white clipping +10, black clipping -45, clarity +50


Noise reduction: this camera is built for being rugged and going underwater, not taking noise-free pictures. Luminance +35, detail +100.


There was a tiny bit of sky on the upper right-hand side that became a bit pronounced and horrible thanks to the previous edits. A spot adjustment with saturation -100 took care of that by whiting it out


Some atmosphere: Temperature +6, just to warm it up a touch, and post-crop vignette -25.


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Image taken Friday, May 9, 2014. Posted Sunday, June 15, 2014
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A line of wild mushrooms in grass.

Location:

Booval, Ipswich
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:


While walking Evelyn to childcare, we spotted these small mushrooms growing in the grass. There were more further on as well.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Sony RX100 II
Lens: Sony RX100M2 fixed lens 10.4-37.1mm f/1.8-4.9 (28-105mm equivalent) @ 10.4mm
Exposure: 1/160" @ f/2.8, ISO 160 (0/10)

Post processing:

Starting point - Not an inspired composition but I knew this was the quickest shot I could get while not taking my attention away from the small person I was in charge of.


Crop and rotate. This took a few goes to get it the way I wanted.


After crop and rotate. I chose a layout that created a meandering line, exiting at the top right of the screen.


I don't use curves often in Lightroom 5, as the basic panel does a good enough job. However I felt like using them today; this is a gentle "S" curve that increases contrast - introduces some nice dark areas, and tops off the peak of the light areas.


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Image taken Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Posted Wednesday, June 11, 2014
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Location:

Goodna, Ipswich
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:


This is a rusted car shell sitting outside a shed at Goodna, which I ride or run past on my way to work.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Sony RX100 II
Lens: Sony RX100M2 fixed lens 10.4-37.1mm f/1.8-4.9 (28-105mm equivalent) @ 10.4mm
Exposure: 1/25" @ f/1.8, ISO 6400 (Auto ISO, Apeture Priority)

Post processing:

Starting point. First thing I've noticed is more distracting out-of-focus detail in the foreground than I want. Also the rest is fairly low-contrast.


Basic panel: Highlights +100, shadows +15, black clipping +45. This has increased contrast and removed enough of the yellow cast to make me happy.


The image was pretty noisy, so I've applied some strong noise reduction. Luminance +40, detail +100.


Here's the before and after for the noise reduction. Some loss of detail, but still enough left that you won't notice unless you are looking at 100% (like here).


Final step: crop down to snip out some of the grass at the front. Still enough grass left to get the idea.


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Image taken Saturday, May 17, 2014. Posted Thursday, June 5, 2014
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Location:

Ipswich Showgrounds, Ipswich
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

I chased three piglets around for half an hour to get this shot.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Sony RX100 II
Lens: Sony RX100M2 fixed lens 10.4-37.1mm f/1.8-4.9 (28-105mm equivalent) @ 10.4mm
Exposure: 1/500" @ f/2.8, ISO 6400 (Manual mode)

Post processing:

Lightroom 5 -

  1. Auto B&W mix
  2. Basic: Exposure +0.85 stops, highlights +100, shadows +100, white clipping +55, black clipping -50, clarity +35
  3. Noise reduction: Luminance +30

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Image taken Saturday, May 17, 2014. Posted Monday, June 2, 2014
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Location:

Ipswich Showgrounds, Ipswich
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

Ipswich show, crowds on a Saturday night. One of my first long exposures with this camera, and there's a lot to learn and think about for next time.

There's two ways to get a shake-free long exposure with this camera: self-timer or use the wifi remote control and smartphone app. I've not had much success with the latter, but I suspect my home wifi was crowding it out.

For this shot, I went with the former - the self-timer. The RX100 has a few modes. One I employed this night is the Self-Timer Continuous, which will wait10 seconds, then take 5 photos in a row with no further intervention. I've used this for group portraits as well, but tonight I was using it to stack photos together - or take 5 and pick the best.

Only downside to this is there doesn't seem to be a way to stop it - I managed to lock the camera up and had to take the battery out. That happens.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Sony RX100 II
Lens: Sony RX100M2 fixed lens 10.4-37.1mm f/1.8-4.9 (28-105mm equivalent) @ 10.4mm
Exposure: 25" @ f/11, ISO 100 (0/10)

Post processing:

Lightroom 5 -

  1. Crop and rotate
  2. Basic: Highlights -100, shadows -60, white clipping +35, black clipping -65, clarity +20 (to try to reduce the effect of blown highlights. Highlights still blown, but effect is much more interesting now)
  3. Colour temperature -270 - for a slightly cooler overall effect.

The wash-up:

Unfortunately most highlights are totally blown. This is absolutely the smallest aperture and lowest ISO the camera can go, and it was all still blown after 10 seconds, so this needs some extra thought (maybe holding a polariser in front of the lens). There are filter adapter kits available for this camera, but they kill the pocketability.

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Image taken Saturday, May 24, 2014. Posted Sunday, May 25, 2014
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Location:

At home, Ipswich
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

+Al Warren has tagged me in the Five Day Quest virus/pyramid scheme. Take one photo of whatever is going on in your life and post it.

Saturday morning, Lui and Evelyn making pancakes. Doesn't get better than this.

+Anthony Lau, if you are still around, tag - you're it!

The camera & lens:

Camera: Sony RX100 II
Lens: Sony RX100M2 fixed lens 10.4-37.1mm f/1.8-4.9 (28-105mm equivalent) @ 10.4mm
Exposure: 1/30" @ f/1.8, ISO 250 (0/10)

Post processing:

Lightroom 5 -

  1. Basic: exposure +0.5 stops, shadows +10, clarity +20, temperature +350 (slightly warm, centre on the subject, slight boost to contrast but not much)
  2. Spot removals to get rid of some spots on the bench
  3. Post-crop vignetting: highlight priority, amount -35

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Image taken Friday, May 23, 2014. Posted Saturday, May 24, 2014
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Location:

Near home, Ipswich
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

+Al Warren has tagged me in the Five Day Quest virus/pyramid scheme. Take one photo of whatever is going on in your life and post it.

I work from home two days out of five, and these are opportunities for me to take Evelyn to childcare and pick her up. Since it's only a short distance, we usually walk, ride or scoot.

+Steve Photoman Hayes - tag, you're it.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 650D
Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 USM IS @ 15mm
Exposure: 1/20" @ f/22, ISO 200 (Time priority)

Post processing:

Lightroom 5 -

  1. Crop
  2. Basic: Highlights -55, shadows +70, white clipping +40, black clipping -35, clarity +30 (increase contrast)
  3. Post-crop vignette, highlight priority, amount -25 (to centre attention on us two - otherwise there was too much bright blur that was competing for attention)

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Image taken Thursday, May 22, 2014. Posted Friday, May 23, 2014
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Location:

Brisbane City
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:


+Al Warren has tagged me in the Five Day Quest virus/pyramid scheme. Take one photo of whatever is going on in your life and post it.

I like to run. I prefer to run in the mornings, as I have no set commitments between 4 and 8am, and I don't really need to be awake to run.

I set this up by putting the camera on the ground, setting a 10-second timer and a 2.5 second exposure. About half-way into the exposure, I jumped into shot and held until the shutter closed.

+David Hill, tag - you're it.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 650D
Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 USM IS @ 15mm
Exposure: 2.5" @ f/18, ISO 3200 (10-second timer, manual everything)

Post processing:

Lightroom 5 -

  1. Basic: Highlights -100, shadows -100, black clipping -15, clarity +35, saturation -70, temperature -800 (change from warm, bright to cool and dark)
  2. Noise reduction: Luminance +35, detail +100
  3. Lens profile correction for Canon EF-S 15-85mm
  4. Manual lens correction: vertical +20 (to partially correct parallax error from camera looking up - mitigate but not completely remove) (in hindsight, could have used some more distortion correction here)

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Image taken Wednesday, May 21, 2014. Posted Thursday, May 22, 2014
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Location:

At home, Ipswich
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

+Al Warren has tagged me in the Five Day Quest virus/pyramid scheme. Take one photo of whatever is going on in your life and post it.

I like to eat food, and this is what was going on today.

I tried a selfie at the markets, and brought the DSLR out of retirement to use its nice wide-angle lens. However I have re-discovered that it's a heavy bastard which makes selfies difficult.

+Andrew Chalk, I tag YOU to join in.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Sony RX100 II
Lens: Sony RX100M2 fixed lens 10.4-37.1mm f/1.8-4.9 (28-105mm equivalent) @ 10.4mm
Exposure: 1/800" @ f/1.8, ISO 3200 (0/10)

Post processing:

Lightroom 5 -

  1. Basic: Exposure +1.2 stops, saturation -75, highlights -25, shadows -65, white clipping +90, black clipping +75, clarity +40 (low contrast, low saturation, high key)
  2. Lens corrections: manual - distortion +100, vertical +30, lens vignetting -100 (to bend all of the lines on the roof, and change the aspect of the lower part of the image. I was aiming for a disorienting effect.)

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Posted Tuesday, May 20, 2014
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Location:

At home, Ipswich
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:


+Al Warren has tagged me in the Five Day Quest virus/pyramid scheme. Take one photo of whatever is going on in your life and post it. This kinda ties in with my One Second Per Day video - yes, my video today is of me doing this shot.

I set up the tripod and triggered three x 5 second exposures of myself using the remote shutter.

+Mick Porter you are the only other photographer that I know on G+, so TAG, YOU'RE IT.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 650D
Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 USM IS @ 15mm
Exposure: 5" @ f/20, ISO 100 (Manual exposure)

Post processing:

StarStax -

  1. Stack using Average blending mode
Lightroom 5 -
  1. Convert to B&W using auto levels
  2. Basic: Temperature -20, exposure +0.3 stops, highlights -100, shadows +30, white clipping +40, black clipping -70, clarity +85
  3. Vignette: Post-crop, highlight priority, amount -25

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Image taken Saturday, May 17, 2014. Posted Tuesday, May 20, 2014
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Location:

Ipswich Showgrounds, Ipswich
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

This ride did a lot of moving, so I thought to take some long exposures and stack them together. That didn't work out, but this is one of the 10-second exposures that was going to go into that composition. This is the darkest part of the ride, and people are being spun around on the arms.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Sony RX100 II
Lens: Sony RX100M2 fixed lens 10.4-37.1mm f/1.8-4.9 (28-105mm equivalent) @ 10.4mm
Exposure: 10" @ f/11, ISO 100 (Timer-multi exp mode, which waits 10 seconds, then takes 5 exposures in a row.)

Post processing:

Lightroom 5 -

  1. Basic: Highlights +25, shadows +100, whites -100, blacks -15, clarity +40 (high contrast scene: tried to reduce blown highlights and increase the interesting darker bits)
  2. Graduated filter #1 - lower third to top: clarity +55 (further increase the visibility of people on the ride, without increasing the light flare)
  3. Graduated filter #2 - lower third to bottom: contrast +100, shadows -100, saturation -20 (to take some of the edge off the highlights in the lower third)
  4. Graduated filter #3 - mid-right to edge: highlights -100 (to de-emphasise/remove some flare spots - which may have been dust on the lens)
  5. Noise reduction: Luminance +20, colour +45

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Image taken Thursday, April 10, 2014. Posted Sunday, May 18, 2014
License: CC-BY-NC-SA (What does this mean?)

Location:

At home, Ipswich
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

I love these watches, and I've wanted one ever since primary school (when this was a new design). Thanks to the buying power of the internet, they are cheap! So now I've bought one... water resistant - sweet! So the first one drowned, and I bought another one. That one (pictured) drowned too.

Alas, it is water resistant only for "everyday use". This means it can take a splash. It does NOT meant you can take it swimming at the beach.

I have now invested in a slightly less awesome-looking Casio W-202, which is rated to 50m.

(What I'd really love is one that looks like the F-91W but can take a swim.)

The camera & lens:

Camera: Sony RX100 II
Lens: Sony RX100M2 fixed lens 10.4-37.1mm f/1.8-4.9 (28-105mm equivalent) @ 10.4mm
Exposure: 1/30" @ f/3.5, ISO 6400 (0/10)

Post processing:

Straight out of the camera

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Image taken Wednesday, January 1, 2014. Posted Friday, May 16, 2014
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An open cupboard with a small child's legs sticking out at the bottom

Location:

Nana's place, Bellbowrie
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

Ethan was exploring the kitchen, quiet as a mouse.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 650D
Lens: Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX-DC @ 30mm
Exposure: 1/40" @ f/2.5, ISO 100 (0/1)

Post processing:

Lightroom 5 -

  1. Auto upright perspective
  2. Lens profile for Sigma 30mm f/1.4
  3. Crop
  4. Basic: Shadows +35
  5. Three small spot removals on his leg.

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Image taken Wednesday, April 2, 2014. Posted Saturday, April 26, 2014
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Fireworks over beach and ocean.

Location:

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

Surfers Paradise Festival fireworks over the water at the beach - awesome.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Sony RX100 II
Lens: Sony RX100M2 fixed lens 10.4-37.1mm f/1.8-4.9 (28-105mm equivalent) @ 10.4mm
Exposure: 2.5" @ f/4.5, ISO 200 (0/10)

Post processing:

Lightroom 5 -

  1. Crop
  2. Basic: Contrast +70, highlights -100, shadows -25, white clipping -25, black clipping -100, clarity +20 (to reduce the smoke haze and increase contrast)
  3. Colour temperature -340 - to cool the sand colour down a bit
  4. Noise reduction: Luminance +20

The wash-up:

I forgot my tripod so had to rest the camera on something. Poor preparation. Focus was off because I was rushing to get everything else going.

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Image taken Wednesday, April 2, 2014. Posted Saturday, April 26, 2014
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A devil man on stilts

Location:

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:


Surfers Paradise Festival parade. This guy was having a great time growling and screaming at everyone (and dogs).

The camera & lens:

Camera: Sony RX100 II
Lens: Sony RX100M2 fixed lens 10.4-37.1mm f/1.8-4.9 (28-105mm equivalent) @ 10.4mm
Exposure: 1/200" @ f/1.8, ISO 5000 (0/10)

Post processing:

Lightroom 5 -

  1. Saturation: Blue -5 (tends the colour toward grey)
  2. Luminance:: Blue +100 (tends the colour toward white)

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Image taken Wednesday, April 2, 2014. Posted Saturday, April 26, 2014
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A man in a motorised bathtub.

Location:

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

Surfers Paradise Festival parade. This was part of a group of people in motorised bathtubs. They obviously inspired by Mario Kart, but different enough to avoid corporate bad things.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Sony RX100 II
Lens: Sony RX100M2 fixed lens 10.4-37.1mm f/1.8-4.9 (28-105mm equivalent) @ 10.4mm
Exposure: 1/200" @ f/1.8, ISO 3200 (0/10)

Post processing:

Lightroom 5 -

  1. Crop
  2. Basic: Exposure +0.2 stops, shadows +100
  3. Spot adjustment on subject's face, shadows +!00 (to lighten his face enough, without making him into a ghost)
  4. Noise reduction: Luminance +25, detail +100
  5. Post crop vignette: highlight priority (default), amount -30

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Image taken Wednesday, April 2, 2014. Posted Saturday, April 26, 2014
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Two costumed ladies on stilts.

Location:

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

Surfers Paradise Festival parade. Not sure what these costumes are meant to be, but they were very swishy.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Sony RX100 II
Lens: Sony RX100M2 fixed lens 10.4-37.1mm f/1.8-4.9 (28-105mm equivalent) @ 10.4mm
Exposure: 1/200" @ f/1.8, ISO 3200 (0/10)

Post processing:

Lightroom 5 -

  1. Crop (that's it - everything else was fine straight out of camera)

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Image taken Wednesday, April 2, 2014. Posted Saturday, April 26, 2014
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An owl lantern.

Location:

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

Surfers Paradise Festival parade. There were lots of these great lantern designs. Got down low to catch this one from below.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Sony RX100 II
Lens: Sony RX100M2 fixed lens 10.4-37.1mm f/1.8-4.9 (28-105mm equivalent) @ 10.4mm
Exposure: 1/200" @ f/1.8, ISO 2000 (0/10)

Post processing:

Lightroom 5 -

  1. Crop
  2. Basic: Highlights -10, shadows -100, black clipping +75, clarity +10
  3. Spot adjustment to de-emphasise the flag in the right of the frame.

The wash-up:

My flag de-emphasis didn't work as expected - it left behind some grit. Solution for this may be a tiny bit of photoshop [elements].

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Image taken Wednesday, April 2, 2014. Posted Saturday, April 26, 2014
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A man in an angel costume on stilts

Location:

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

Surfers Paradise Festival parade. A man in an angel costume on stilts.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Sony RX100 II
Lens: Sony RX100M2 fixed lens 10.4-37.1mm f/1.8-4.9 (28-105mm equivalent) @ 10.4mm
Exposure: 1/200" @ f/1.8, ISO 4000 (0/10)

Post processing:

Lightroom 5 -

  1. Crop
  2. Basic: Highlights +10, shadows -20, black clipping -45

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Image taken Wednesday, April 2, 2014. Posted Friday, April 25, 2014
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Two police motorcycles being ridden with red and blue flashing lights.

Location:

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

Surfers Paradise Festival parade. Police doing dual roles - escort and PR.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Sony RX100 II
Lens: Sony RX100M2 fixed lens 10.4-37.1mm f/1.8-4.9 (28-105mm equivalent) @ 10.4mm
Exposure: 1/200" @ f/1.8, ISO 2500 (0/10)

Post processing:

Lightroom 5 -

  1. Basic: Highlights -30, shadows +100, white clipping +50, black clipping +50 (to lighten all areas, but maintain a dark background)
  2. Saturation: Red -10 (this tends the colour toward grey)
  3. Luminance: Red +65, orange +45, magenta +100 (this actually tends the colours toward white)
  4. Noise reduction: Luminance +45, detail +100

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Image taken Tuesday, April 8, 2014. Posted Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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A decaying and broken billboard sign.

Location:

M1 Service Road, Yatala
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

Shot on my riding odyssey. As I understand it, the service road (which the bike path runs along) used to be the highway. This sign would have been visible to people commuting between Brisbane and Gold Coast.

My memory of back then was that there wasn't anything of note between Beenleigh and Helensvale - just bushland. Now it's developed and built-up the whole way.

The camera & lens:

Camera: DSC-RX100M2
Lens: Sony RX100M2 fixed lens 10.4-37.1mm f/1.8-4.9 (28-105mm equivalent) @ 10.4mm
Exposure: 1/400" @ f/4.5, ISO 160 (Aperture priority)

Post processing:

Lightroom 5 -

  1. Basic: Highlights -80, shadows +5, black clipping -30, clarity +30
  2. Crop and rotate

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