Surfers Paradise Light Streaks

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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Googly Wheelchair

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


Finished picture.

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Building Serious Sandcastles

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.


Finished picture.

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Ipswich Show Bees

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.


Finished picture.

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Bundamba Demolition Site

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


Finished picture.

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