Image taken Friday, February 1, 2013. Posted Monday, March 4, 2013
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Location:

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.

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Image taken Wednesday, February 20, 2013. Posted Sunday, March 3, 2013
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Currumbin Sanctuary, Gold Coast
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

These guys/gals were drinking water off the wet deck, which was hilarious.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 650D
Lens: Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM @ 125mm
Exposure: 1/160" @ f/7.1, ISO 1000

Post processing:

Lightroom 4 -

  1. Crop
  2. Presence: Shadows +60, clarity +40
  3. Noise reduction: Luminance +20, detail +100
  4. ACR Lens correction profile for 75-300mm III USM

The wash-up:

A bit out of focus, but I had to keep this pose!

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Image taken Wednesday, February 20, 2013. Posted Saturday, March 2, 2013
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A partially disassembled Volkswagen beetle.

Location:

Palm Beach, Gold Coast
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

This was a very sad looking convertible beetle in the back yard of 'Rent-a-Bomb'. I guess it is either a project for the owner, or a donor car for the other rentals.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 650D
Lens: Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX-DC @ 30mm
Exposure: 1/15" @ f/1.4, ISO 6400 (0/1)

Post processing:

Lightroom 4 -

  1. White Balance: Tungsten for starters, then further down to 2.4K
  2. Presence: Clarity +30, saturation -45
  3. Noise reduction: Luminance +35, detail +100, contrast +100
  4. ACR lens correction profile for Sigma 30mm f/1.4

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Image taken Wednesday, February 20, 2013. Posted Friday, March 1, 2013
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Location:

Palm Beach, Gold Coast
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

This is an abandoned motel along the Gold Coast Highway at Palm Beach. I wasn't game to go inside by myself but it looked like it had a story to tell.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 650D
Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 USM IS @ 15mm
Exposure: 8/10" @ f/3.5, ISO 3200 (0/1)

Post processing:

Lightroom 4 -

  1. Colour temperature -1k to 2.4k, tint -15
  2. Saturation -50

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Image taken Wednesday, February 20, 2013. Posted Thursday, February 28, 2013
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A doorway with a warning sign about asbestos, with a partial danger sign in foreground.

Location:

Palm Beach, Gold Coast
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

This is an abandoned unit block near where we were staying. It looks quite unassuming, in an anonymous, 70s/80s square kind of fashion, until you look a bit closer and see that all of the windows and doors are boarded up, with asbestos warnings everywhere.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 650D
Lens: Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX-DC @ 30mm
Exposure: 1/20" @ f/1.4, ISO 12800 (Manual focus using live view and zoom-in focus assist)

Post processing:

Lightroom 4 -

  1. Saturation -30
  2. Highlights -100, shadows +20, white clipping +45, black clipping -30
  3. Noise reduction: Luminance +60 (huge noise due to very high ISO)

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Image taken Thursday, February 21, 2013. Posted Wednesday, February 27, 2013
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Location:

Palm Beach, Gold Coast
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

I ran past this house while running in the rain. This was the third attempt (first attempt: iPhone through snap-lock bag - blurry; second attempt: at night, nowhere near enough light to focus with).

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 650D
Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 USM IS @ 50mm
Exposure: 1/400" @ f/5, ISO 100 (0/1)

Post processing:

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.
  2. Presence: Exposure +0.6 stops, highlights +15, shadows +55
  3. Graduated filter from top of thongs upward: Exposure -1 stop, clarity +100
  4. Graduated filter from bottom of thongs downward: Exposure -2 stops, clarity +100 (both of above to gradually darken the areas that were not thongs)

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Image taken Thursday, February 21, 2013. Posted Tuesday, February 26, 2013
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Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

So much of the iconic Surfers Paradise beach has washed away. It may not have been the best beach in the world but it's really well known and was still pretty sweet to visit. I hope they can fix it up.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 650D
Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 USM IS @ 85mm
Exposure: 1/640" @ f/5.6, ISO 100 (0/1)

Post processing:

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.
  2. Presence: Exposure +0.55 stops, highlights +100, shadows +65
  3. Graduated filter from lower middle of shot, heading left: Exposure -1.5 stops, highlights +100, shadows -100, clarity +100 (this was to darken/even up the water area)

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Image taken Thursday, February 21, 2013. Posted Monday, February 25, 2013
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Location:

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

The Setup:

On the Esplanade at Surfers.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 650D
Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 USM IS @ 85mm
Exposure: 1/320" @ f/5.6, ISO 100 (0/1)

Post processing:

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.
  2. Presence: Highlights -100, shadows +60, whites +70, clarity +50
  3. Crop

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Image taken Thursday, February 21, 2013. Posted Sunday, February 24, 2013
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A girl and dog standing at a beachfront, viewed through a frame

Location:

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

The Setup:

On the Esplanade at Surfers.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 650D
Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 USM IS @ 57mm
Exposure: 1/400" @ f/5, ISO 100 (0/1)

Post processing:

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.
  2. Presence: Exposure +0.5 stops, highlights -70, shadows +100, black clipping -85.
  3. Crop

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Posted Friday, February 22, 2013
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Location:

Miami, Gold Coast
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

Gold Coast's beaches have been eroding for a while now, and with this week's terrible weather, they have taken quite a beating. All beaches at Miami and Nobby Beach are shut for the time being as there is now a sizable gap between the beach access steps and the sand!

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 650D
Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 USM IS @ 15mm
Exposure: 60" @ f/6.3, ISO 200 (0/1)

Post processing:

Lightroom 4 -

  1. Exposure +1.5 stops, highlights -100, shadows +5, whites +40, blacks -20
  2. ACR lens correction profile for Canon EF-S 15-85mm
  3. Noise reduction: Luminance +20

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Image taken Sunday, February 17, 2013. Posted Thursday, February 21, 2013
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Location:

Point Danger, Gold Coast (Qld-NSW border)
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

I set up the camera on tripod with a minute delay, and hopped down to the sand to for this photo. I called it off about two minutes in because I was getting bitten on my head by mozzies!

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 650D
Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 USM IS @ 15mm
Exposure: 175" @ f/4, ISO 100 (M, bulb mode with intervalometer)

Post processing:

Lightroom 4 -

  1. White balance: Tungsten
  2. Crop
  3. Spot removal: remove a boat that was sailing on the horizon
  4. Presence: Exposure +0.5 stops, highlights -90, black clipping +75, clarity +35
  5. Noise reduction: Luminance +30
  6. ACR lens correction profile for EF-S 15-85mm

The wash-up:

I was a bit paranoid about someone nicking my camera (there was no-one around but also I was a fair way away from my gear). This meant I didn't keep super still during the exposure. Wide angle did help minimise how much this showed up in the final image.

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Image taken Sunday, February 17, 2013. Posted Tuesday, February 19, 2013
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Location:

Point Danger, Gold Coast (Qld-NSW border)
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

I remember these steps from when a group of us stayed at Coolangatta in 2000 (Beach House!). (Actually this is a ramp that has been added since then - the steps were too well-lit.) I set the camera up on tripod and a 30 second delay, then walked down into frame with the light saber during the 3 minute exposure.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 650D
Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 USM IS @ 15mm
Exposure: 181" @ f/4, ISO 100 (M, bulb mode with intervalometer)

Post processing:

Lightroom 4 -

  1. White Balance: Tungsten
  2. Spot removal - to remove a boat on the horizon.

The wash-up:

I stood too still at the purple bit, and you can see my feet. I moved around but not enough!

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Image taken Sunday, February 17, 2013. Posted Monday, February 18, 2013
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Location:

Miami, Gold Coast
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:


On holiday on the Gold Coast, which gave me an opportunity to head up here at night and take a long exposure facing north. With a ten minute exposure, I wanted to capture a picture of the water smoothed out.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 650D
Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 USM IS @ 15mm
Exposure: 604" @ f/13, ISO 100 (M, bulb mode with intervalometer)

Post processing:

Lightroom 4 -

  1. Crop & slight rotate
  2. Colour temperature -635 (not quite to tungsten but close)
  3. Presence: exposure +0.9 stops, highlights -100, shadows +90, white clipping -100, black clipping -5, clarity +50 (to bring the building exposure under control)
  4. Graduated filter from middle to bottom: exposure -0.6 stops, contrast +85, highlights -100, clarity +100 (to increase contrast on the water).
  5. Noise reduction: luminance +50, colour +100

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Image taken Sunday, February 10, 2013. Posted Wednesday, February 13, 2013
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Red light shining through a damaged wall, in an eerie, gothic fashion.

Location:

Seven Hills TAFE, Brisbane
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:


I saw these walls had had some holes kicked through and wanted to shine some lights through them into the room. Alan set up his big tripod with a red gel light and we hit it with the long exposures.

This is not originally what I had in mind (I wanted dust in the air and the light hitting that, but after a moment's reflection, kicking up dust in here seemed like a really bad idea).

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 650D
Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 USM IS @ 15mm
Exposure: 120" @ f/3.5, ISO 800 (0/1)

Post processing:

Lightroom 4 -

  1. White balance correction: set to Cloudy. (I knew the camera's auto white balance was wrong but I didn't care in this case because I knew I could correct in post).
  2. Presence: Highlights -35, shadows +40, black clipping +15.
  3. Noise reduction: luminance +20, colour +60
  4. ACR lens correction profile for EF-S 15-85
  5. ACR lens correction (manual): vertical +4, horizontal -10 (to straighten the wall and roof in the top left of the frame).

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Image taken Sunday, February 10, 2013. Posted Tuesday, February 12, 2013
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A trashed and graffitied workbench, lit by different coloured gels.

Location:

Seven Hills TAFE, Brisbane
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

This is a painting table that I was going to use to set off a sparkler bomb, until Alan and I both realised that we didn't have a lighter or matches. Next time!

Alan set up lights in various points around the place to light up the scene.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 650D
Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 USM IS @ 15mm
Exposure: 62" @ f/8, ISO 400 (0/1)

Post processing:

Lightroom 4 -

  1. Presence: Highlights -5, shadows +100, white clipping +45, black clipping +15, clarity +60
  2. Noise reduction: Luminance +30
  3. ACR lens correction profile for EF-S 15-85mm
  4. ACR lens correction (manual): vertical +9, rotate +0.6 (to correct perspective so the wall in the right 3rd of the frame is straight)
  5. Crop

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Image taken Saturday, February 9, 2013. Posted Tuesday, February 12, 2013
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Old ventilation stacks lit by flashes of alternating green and orange light.

Location:

Seven Hills TAFE, Brisbane
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:


On the roof of this building, these seem to be ventilation / air conditioning stacks. For this shot, I controlled the cameras while Alan walked between each stack and fired off alternating green and orange flashes.

In Alan's version of this shot, he also fired off two shots to light up the front of the nearest stacks. This actually gave quite a different feel to the shot.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 650D
Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 USM IS @ 18mm
Exposure: 106" @ f/6.3, ISO 400 (M, bulb mode with intervalometer)

Post processing:

Lightroom 4 -

  1. Presence: Shadows +85, white clipping +50, black clipping -40, clarity +10
  2. Curves: Darks +20, Shadows +15 (I used curves to bring out the shadows at the front, as it is a more subtle effect).
  3. Noise reduction: luminance +25, colour +100
  4. ACR lens correction profile for EF-S 15-85mm.
  5. Careful crop and rotate so everything was centred and balanced
  6. Graduated filter in the sky area: exposure -1 stop (to darken the sky; this was facing towards the city and the sky was quite bright)

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Image taken Saturday, February 9, 2013. Posted Monday, February 11, 2013
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Long exposure and lightpainting with an orb, wavy lines, graffiti and startrails.

Location:

Seven Hills TAFE, Brisbane
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

This is up on the roof of the block. Blue light using one of Alan's flashlights, orb with Alan's orb tool, and wavy lines with my light sabers. Five minute exposure to get some star movement, with two-odd minutes of light painting and the rest to capture the ambient light.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 650D
Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 USM IS @ 15mm
Exposure: 301" @ f/8, ISO 100 (M, bulb mode with intervalometer)

Post processing:

Lightroom 4 -

  1. Colour temperature: set to 11200K which reddened the sky and brightened the eye.
  2. Presence: Highlights +80, shadows -100, white clipping +65, black clipping +15
  3. Graduated filter in the sky: Exposure +0.2 stops, clarity +60, sharpness +100 (to bring out the star trails a bit)
  4. Noise reduction: luminance +15, colour +75 (lots of colour noise in these long exposures)

The wash-up:

The small star trails look smeary to me and not really that attractive!

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Image taken Saturday, February 9, 2013. Posted Monday, February 11, 2013
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Abandoned building lit by coloured gels, with an orb shape lightpainted in the courtyard.

Location:

Seven Hills TAFE, Brisbane
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

As I arrived, Alan had already set up this shot, so I plonked my camera next to his and he drew his orb.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 650D
Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 USM IS @ 16mm
Exposure: 90" @ f/6.3, ISO 200 (M, intervalometer)

Post processing:

Lightroom 4 -

  1. Crop
  2. ACR lens correction profile for EF-S 15-85mm
  3. ACR lens correction (manual): vertical -15, to straighten the vertical lines near the left and right edges of the frame
  4. Presence: Exposure +0.4 stops, highlights +30, shadows +100, white clipping -45, black clipping -15,
  5. Noise reduction: Luminance +25, color +50 (a bit of noise present due to the long exposure).

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Image taken Thursday, January 24, 2013. Posted Friday, February 8, 2013
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Location:

St. Stephen's Cathedral, Brisbane City
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

As the land slopes down from one side of the block to the other, this section of the block is elevated to the first or second floor of the building opposite. There were a reasonable number of people sitting around having lunch on the grounds.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 650D
Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 USM IS @ 29mm
Exposure: 1/250" @ f/4.5, ISO 100 (0/1)

Post processing:

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.
  2. Heavy crop
  3. Highlights +100, shadows +25, white clipping +100, black clipping -15

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Image taken Wednesday, January 16, 2013. Posted Thursday, February 7, 2013
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Location:

Queen Street Mall, Brisbane
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

Just a reflection in a window in the city.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Panasonic DMC-FX01
Lens: Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 4.6-16.8mm (28-102mm equiv) f/2.8-5.6 @ 4.6mm
Exposure: 1/50" @ f/2.8, ISO 80 (0/100)

Post processing:

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.
  2. Crop

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Image taken Thursday, January 24, 2013. Posted Tuesday, February 5, 2013
License: CC-BY-NC-SA (What does this mean?)

Location:

Brisbane City
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

This is a fountain attached to a plaque/sculpture type thing. The writing on it is decidedly Georgian. (The praises to King George also hint at that.)

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 650D
Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 USM IS @ 15mm
Exposure: 1/30" @ f/5.6, ISO 320 (Auto ISO, Av)

Post processing:

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.
  2. Presence: Highlights +25, shadows -15, white clipping +25, black clipping -60.
  3. Curves: darks -5, shadows -15

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Image taken Thursday, January 24, 2013. Posted Monday, February 4, 2013
License: CC-BY-NC-SA (What does this mean?)

Location:

St. Stephen's Cathedral, Brisbane City
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

This is some old roofing at St Stephen's Cathedral, the old chapel. I came here sometimes for special school events.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 650D
Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 USM IS @ 85mm
Exposure: 1/125" @ f/5.6, ISO 200 (Auto ISO, Av)

Post processing:

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.
  2. Crop
  3. Curves: lights -100, darks +5, shadows -15

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Image taken Thursday, January 24, 2013. Posted Friday, February 1, 2013
License: CC-BY-NC-SA (What does this mean?)

Location:

Brisbane City
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

A quiet protest.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 650D
Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 USM IS @ 16mm
Exposure: 1/30" @ f/3.5, ISO 1000 (Auto ISO, Av)

Post processing:

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.
  2. Crop & rotate
  3. Curves: Highlights +75, lights -5, darks -25, shadows -15

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Image taken Thursday, January 17, 2013. Posted Thursday, January 31, 2013
License: CC-BY-NC-SA (What does this mean?)

Location:

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

The Setup:

It's bloomin' hot. To go for a walk is to hop from shady spot to shady spot.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Panasonic DMC-FX01
Lens: Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 4.6-16.8mm (28-102mm equiv) f/2.8-5.6 @ 16.8mm
Exposure: 1/100" @ f/5.6, ISO 80 (0/100)

Post processing:

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.
  2. Presence: Highlights +100, shadows -10, white clipping +50, black clipping -35
  3. Crop
  4. Graduated filter for bottom shade area: Exposure -4 stops, contrast +100, highlights -100, shadows -100 (This was to de-emphasise where the shade ended, or to make the shade area look bigger than it actually was.)

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Image taken Tuesday, January 29, 2013. Posted Wednesday, January 30, 2013
License: CC-BY-NC-SA (What does this mean?)

Location:

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

The Setup:

The ferry is not in service at the moment.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 650D
Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 USM IS @ 85mm
Exposure: 1/400" @ f/5.6, ISO 100 (0/1)

Post processing:

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.

The wash-up:

This was the wrong lens for the job, but I didn't have time to drive home to get the longer one.

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Image taken Tuesday, January 29, 2013. Posted Wednesday, January 30, 2013
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Location:

Riverside, Brisbane
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

Prepared for the worst.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 650D
Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 USM IS @ 15mm
Exposure: 1/100" @ f/3.5, ISO 100 (0/1)

Post processing:

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.
  2. Presence: Highlights +65, shadows -25, white clipping -100, black clipping -20, clarity +100 (the clarity made the textures on the tiles stand out)

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Posted Tuesday, January 29, 2013
License: CC-BY-NC-SA (What does this mean?)

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Location:

Riverside, Brisbane
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

One business, Riverbar & Kitchen, took on a bit of river water. There was a large crowd of lunchtime people but very few (myself included) helping in any way.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 650D
Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 USM IS @ 67mm
Exposure: 1/125" @ f/5.6, ISO 250 (0/1)

Post processing:

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.
  2. Crop & rotate
  3. Presence: Highlights -100, black clipping -40, clarity +70

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Posted Tuesday, January 29, 2013
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Location:

Riverside, Brisbane
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

The river did rise but nowhere near as much as in 2011. A bit of mud here and there.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 650D
Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 USM IS @ 15mm
Exposure: 1/160" @ f/3.5, ISO 100 (0/1)

Post processing:

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.
  2. Presence: Highlights -100, shadows +90, white clipping +45, black clipping -25.

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Image taken Thursday, January 24, 2013. Posted Sunday, January 27, 2013
License: CC-BY-NC-SA (What does this mean?)

Location:

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

The Setup:

I spent my lunch break walking through lanes and alleys.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 650D
Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 USM IS @ 85mm
Exposure: 1/125" @ f/8, ISO 2000 (Auto ISO, Av)

Post processing:

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.
  2. Crop
  3. Presence: Highlights +80

The wash-up:

Lui looked at it and said she didn't notice the butts, so I changed the title a bit.

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Image taken Friday, December 28, 2012. Posted Saturday, January 26, 2013
License: CC-BY-NC-SA (What does this mean?)

Location:

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

The Setup:

This used to be a QANTAS corporate office. Not anymore.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 650D
Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 USM IS @ 17mm
Exposure: 1/400" @ f/3.5, ISO 100 (0/1)

Post processing:

Lightroom 4 -

  1. A preset called B&W Look 5 which gives a medium contrast B&W image by dropping the saturation of the image to 0; contrast +25, clarity +25.
  2. Changed contrast +100 (because I like teh contrast)
  3. Curves: lights +45, darks -60, shadows -15.

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