Image taken Friday, January 18, 2013. Posted Friday, January 25, 2013
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Location:

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

The Setup:

I was just snapping Evelyn opening the door for herself, and the ray of sunlight did the rest for me.

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: 1/250" @ 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. Presence: Exposure -0.75 stops, highlights +20, white clipping -100, black clipping +15
  3. Graduated filter #1 - from top to bottom of the frame, exposure -0.75 stops
  4. Graduated filter #2 - from middle of frame to bottom, exposure +1.5 stops (both of above to lighten and even out the non-sunlight lighting)

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Image taken Friday, January 18, 2013. Posted Thursday, January 24, 2013
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Location:

Milton
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

The riders ride in packs this early in the morning. There is a bike path, but the big packs tend to ride on the road.

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: 1/250" @ 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. Exposure +0.35 stops, clarity +60
  3. Graduated filter from top to bottom of frame, exposure -1.5 stops - to darken the sky a bit

The wash-up:

This is exactly the shot I was after. I've wanted to take a shot like this for a few years now!

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Image taken Friday, January 18, 2013. Posted Wednesday, January 23, 2013
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Location:

Milton
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

The bike path is being resurfaced so runners are being diverted to street level. Riders still get to ride on the low path though. The river restaurant is still gutted, with no sign of it being rebuilt.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Panasonic DMC-FX01
@ 5.2mm
Exposure: 1/400" @ f/6.3, 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. Highlights +10, shadows -20, white clipping +100, black clipping -50, clarity +55

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Image taken Friday, January 18, 2013. Posted Wednesday, January 23, 2013
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Location:

Go-Between Bridge, between Milton and South Brisbane
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

I went for a run and took the little camera with me. I particularly love this part of the run as, although it's a long incline (though not too steep), the city unfolds in front of you as you rise over the bridge. The next bridge over is the rail bridge with a train going over it every few minutes or so.

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: 1/800" @ f/5.6, ISO 80 (0/100)

Post processing:

The wash-up:

My brain was mostly switched off due to running, but I made a few mistakes taking this photo. It's lucky that I got one that was recoverable in post. Mostly because I had the camera set to centre focus, then put myself off-centre (the successful shot is such because I composed and recomposed without being able to see the screen. So film.)

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Image taken Friday, December 28, 2012. Posted Tuesday, January 22, 2013
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Location:

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

The Setup:


These are home grown tomatoes. After I stuck them on the scanner, I washed them off and Evelyn and I scoffed the lot.

The camera & lens:

Camera: HP Photosmart C4180
(1200dpi)

Post processing:

Lightroom 4 -

  1. Convert to B&W with auto colour mix
  2. Curves: highlights +100, lights +100, darks -15, shadows -95

The wash-up:

The juice came out differently to how I expected. If I tried this again, I'd try either throwing some water on the platter or drying the tomatoes out first.

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Image taken Thursday, January 10, 2013. Posted Tuesday, January 22, 2013
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Location:

Hutton Lane, Brisbane
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

I went for a walk at lunch and spent the whole time looking up.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 650D
Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 USM IS @ 15mm
Exposure: 1/2500" @ f/3.5, ISO 100 (Av, liveview)

Post processing:

Lightroom 4 -

  1. Convert to B&W using default colour mix
  2. Presence: Exposure -1.2 stops (to darken the sky a bit), clarity +98.
  3. Curves: darks +40, shadows +60
  4. Graduated filter from right to left: exposure +4 stops (to really lighten the fan and ventilation stack)
  5. Lens correction (manual): distortion -6, horizontal -23 (to correct the perspective somewhat)

The wash-up:

I wanted to see more of the ventilation stack - I didn't realise those flappy things on the side would block so much of the view.

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Image taken Thursday, January 10, 2013. Posted Thursday, January 17, 2013
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Location:

Hutton Lane, Brisbane
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

I took a walk at lunch and spent all of my time looking up.

The camera & lens:

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

Post processing:

Lightroom 4 -

  1. Convert to B&W using default colour mix
  2. Presence: Exposure +0.5 stops, highlights +20, shadows -40, white clipping -20, black clipping -60, clarity +65
  3. Spot adjustment brush for the window ledge at the top of the picture: Exposure +1.2 stops
  4. Graduated filter in top third of picture: Exposure +2.6 stops, clarity +100 (to darken the sky and building opposite)
  5. Lens correction: profile for EF-S 15-85mm lens.
  6. Lens correction: manual distortion -12 (to barrel it out a bit - this was an unsuccessful attempt to make all the lines go straight)

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Image taken Sunday, January 13, 2013. Posted Wednesday, January 16, 2013
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Location:

Queens Park, Ipswich
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

It's very hot and the flying foxes were in the trees, fanning themselves. This was a mother with a baby. The internet says these are black flying foxes.

I used a high ISO (3200) in order to get a fast shutter speed on this lens.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 650D
Lens: Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM @ 170mm
Exposure: 1/640" @ f/7.1, ISO 3200 (Manual exposure (about 1.5 stops over what the camera metered))

Post processing:

Lightroom 4 -

  1. Convert to B&W with default colour mix (I also tried desaturating to -85 but the result looked muddy here)
  2. Crop
  3. Presence: shadows +30, white clipping +65, black clipping -40
  4. Noise reduction: luminance +45,
  5. Spot adjustment brush, where the sun is shining through the wings: Contrast -100, highlights -100, shadows +30

The wash-up:

I need to re-learn how to use my 75-300 - it has sat in the drawer for so long. It's a tricky lens to use effectively.

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Image taken Wednesday, January 9, 2013. Posted Tuesday, January 15, 2013
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Location:

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

The Setup:

Everyone says: "bollocks to that".

I did it once as well - it was scary and not worth it.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 650D
Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 USM IS @ 85mm
Exposure: 1/160" @ f/5.6, ISO 125

Post processing:

Lightroom 4 -

  1. Convert to B&W using default colour mix
  2. Crop
  3. Curves: Lights +100

The wash-up:

Happy with it

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Image taken Sunday, December 30, 2012. Posted Tuesday, January 8, 2013
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Location:

Loganholme
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

We went to the nursery and aquarium, and I took a few photos at the aquarium. These seahorses were doing whatever seahorses do, I guess.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 650D
Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 USM IS @ 85mm
Exposure: 1/160" @ f/5.6, ISO 2500 (0/1)

Post processing:

Lightroom 4 -

  1. Convert to B&W using auto colour mix
  2. Crop
  3. Exposure +1.2 stops, shadows +85, blacks -75, clarity +40. This was because the background was much lighter than the foreground, so I needed to bring some contrast back to the seahorses themselves.
  4. Noise reduction: Luminance +25

The wash-up:

Needed a smaller aperture to get more of the seahorses in focus.

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What happened in 2012

  • Started year in a sprint leading team at work
  • Got sick, had to take time off, medication and a back seat
  • Spent the year concentrating on programming
  • Rewrote website as a WordPress plugin
  • Started gym regularly (1-3 times per week) and running regularly (1-2 times per week)
  • Stopped boot camp
  • Watched Evelyn grow up really fast (can’t describe it until you’ve seen it for yourself)
  • New camera
  • New laptop (Mac!)
  • Grew a beard, kept it
  • Became sole breadwinner as Lui has been made redundant from her work
  • Quit coffee (have not had any for 10 months). People aren’t as impressed by this as much as I am impressed with myself.
  • Lui completed third year of part time uni
  • Lui (with her dad) renovated front deck of house (work in progress)
  • Took Evelyn camping for the first time (didn’t go so well but promising for next try)
  • Have taken >1000 blood pressure measurements.

More or less

  • Less stress
  • More medication
  • More programming
  • Less hair on scalp
  • More hair on face
  • Less coffee
  • More frustration at boring job
  • More exercise
  • More muscle
  • Same weight

Next year

  • More camping
  • New job
  • Less whining
  • Less weight
  • More muscle
  • More running stamina
  • More programming
  • Less reddit
  • More French (for France trip in 2015)

In summary, this year can be described as a holding pattern. I have not progressed or regressed, I just have been.

Image taken Sunday, August 5, 2012. Posted Monday, December 31, 2012
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Location:

Queens Park, Ipswich
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

This was at Evelyn's birthday party. I was shooting low and into the sun, with a partial Evelyn eclipse.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 USM IS @ 15mm
Exposure: 1/400" @ f/13, ISO 400 (0/3)

Post processing:

Lightroom -

  1. Crop (Sorry James)
  2. Convert to B&W
  3. Exposure +0.8 stops, highlights -65, shadows -100, whites -50, blacks -55, clarity +55 (all intended to reduce contrast/harsh shadows on Evelyn and to un-blow out the background).
  4. Red mix +60 - to lighten all reds in the picture (also to reduce contrast)

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Image taken Tuesday, October 30, 2012. Posted Sunday, December 30, 2012
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Location:

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

The Setup:

While looking after Nana's bird, I dumped out the birdseed on the scanner.

The camera & lens:

Camera: HP Photosmart C4180
(1200 dpi)

Post processing:

Lightroom 4 -

  1. Convert to B&W
  2. Exposure +0.6 stops, highlights +100, shadows -95, whites +100, blacks +75, clarity +85
  3. Curves: lights -15, darks -40, shadows -10
  4. Adjusted colour mix - orange -20, green -30
  5. Noise reduction: luminance +50, detail +100

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Image taken Friday, December 14, 2012. Posted Thursday, December 27, 2012
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Location:

Around SE Qld
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

Idea copied from My Feet in February by jonne1985/flickr (via Photojojo). The idea is to take a photo of your feet in various interesting places and document your month.

I started half-way through November so the name of this image is not quite as snappy.

You can view the original size if you are keen (link below/in blog post) (33mb JPEG image).

The camera & lens:

Camera: iPhone 4

Post processing:

All images were initially processed in Instagram 2 (last two in Instagram 3). Photoshop Elements 6 (Mac)

  1. Each image has its own layer
  2. Each date mark has its own layer
  3. Arranged on a grid for even spacing

The wash-up:

Most of the photos were not taken with consideration of how they would look small as part of the collective. For some of them it's a bit difficult to see what's going on.

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Image taken Sunday, August 26, 2012. Posted Wednesday, December 26, 2012
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Location:

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

The Setup:

Implementing instructions from Repurpose a Squeeze Bottle for Perfect Pancakes (Lifehacker).

There is a bit of fiddly cleaning required before and after doing this, but it's so much less messy than pouring from a jug.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 USM IS @ 15mm
Exposure: 1/40" @ f/3.5, ISO 400 ((for left picture))

Post processing:

Lightroom 4 - Prepare left image

  1. Convert to B&W (auto colour mix)
  2. Crop square
  3. Exposure +0.8 stops, contrast -40, highlights +25, shadows -20, whites -50, blacks -65, clarity +30
  4. Lens Correction for EF-S 15-85.
  5. Post-crop vignetting, amount -20
Lightroom 4 - Prepare right image
  1. Convert to B&W (auto colour mix)
  2. Crop square
  3. Exposure +1.85 stops, contrast -40, highlights +100, shadows -20, whites -30, blacks -70, clarity +30
  4. Post-crop vignetting, amount -20
Photoshop Elements 6 (Mac)
  1. Layer 1 left image
  2. Layer 2 right image
  3. I used the grid view to arrange the images with equal sized edging
Lightroom 4 (final touches)
  1. Highlights +30, clarity +50

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Image taken Friday, June 8, 2012. Posted Tuesday, December 25, 2012
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Location:

King George Square, Brisbane
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

Ice skaters outside City Hall in Brisbane. Merry Christmas everyone.

The camera & lens:

Camera: iPhone 4

Post processing:

Instagram 2 -

  1. Earlybird filter

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Image taken Saturday, December 22, 2012. Posted Monday, December 24, 2012
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Location:

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

The Setup:

There are a bunch of these guys hanging out around the area. They don't squawk a lot, but you can tell they are around when they are eating seeds off the trees - crackle crackle crackle.

Identified as Corellas via: Science Direct website

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 100 (0/1)

Post processing:

Lightroom 4 -

  1. Crop square
  2. Presence: Clarity -20, saturation -5 (to de-emphasise the green of the power pole)
  3. Curves: Highlights +10, lights -5, darks -40, shadows -10
  4. Saturation adjustment: yellow -65, green -85 (again, to de-emphasise the power pole), red +40, orange +40 (to brighten the blush on their faces).

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Image taken Wednesday, May 16, 2012. Posted Monday, December 24, 2012
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Location:

Queens Park, Ipswich
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

A close-up of a python - not through glass! This is just a model though, vertical on a wall. This was a demonstration of how a few steps (and crouch) can completely change an image.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 USM IS @ 35mm
Exposure: 1/50" @ f/4.5, ISO 1600 (0/3)

Post processing:

Lightroom 4 -

  1. Crop
  2. Presence: Exposure +0.6 stops, highlights +15, shadows -100, whites +40, blacks -60, clarity +50.

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Image taken Saturday, September 1, 2012. Posted Saturday, December 22, 2012
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Location:

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

The Setup:

Hey Internet, this is what I had for lunch!

The camera & lens:

Camera: iPhone 4

Post processing:

Instagram 2 -

  1. B&W filter and high-contrast
I have lost the original (unprocessed) file for this.

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Image taken Wednesday, December 19, 2012. Posted Thursday, December 20, 2012
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Location:

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

The Setup:

This was a demonstration of some wildlife on the centre stage on the mall (I think it was QPWS). I caught the tail end of the presentation where everyone was asked to line up if they wanted to touch the snake.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 650D
Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 USM IS @ 85mm
Exposure: 1/160" @ f/5.6, ISO 640 (Auto ISO, Av)

Post processing:

Lightroom 4 -

  1. Convert to B&W with auto colour mix
  2. Crop square
  3. Presence: Exposure +0.30 stops, clarity +25
  4. Curves: Highlights +30, lights +20, darks -25

The wash-up:

Happy with this for my first day out with new camera.

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Image taken Wednesday, May 16, 2012. Posted Wednesday, December 19, 2012
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Location:

Queens Park, Ipswich
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

Pig's eye view in the piglet pen of Queens Park. This was taken during a photo lesson and I was demonstrating the act of scatter-shooting without being able to compose properly (leaning over the fence with arms stretched).

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 USM IS @ 15mm
Exposure: 1/4000" @ f/3.5, ISO 1600 (0/3 (ISO setting was an accident!))

Post processing:

Lightroom 4 - It was a very sunny day and as shot, there are blown highlights, but the RAW file had some detail still available to recover.

  1. Presence: Exposure -1 stop, contrast -40, highlights -60, shadows +15, whites -100, blacks -25, clarity +25.
  2. Noise reduction: Luminance +35
  3. Spot adjustment on the pig's snout, exposure +2.2 stops.

The wash-up:

Some deeper depth of field would be good here. The eyes are in focus though, so I'm happy.

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Image taken Saturday, July 14, 2012. Posted Tuesday, December 18, 2012
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Location:

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

The Setup:

I was just taking pictures in the crowd, panning for gold. This guy must have seen me from across the way and selflessly gave me a great photo.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 USM IS @ 85mm
Exposure: 1/250" @ f/9, ISO 400 (0/3)

Post processing:

Lightroom 4 -

  1. Crop
  2. Exposure +0.5 stops, highlights +35, shadows -10, whites +40.
  3. Curves: lights +40, shadows -15

The wash-up:

Critique is more aimed at my general style - I'm still not too keen on sticking the camera in people's faces and this was a food event. Easy targets and I'm still well within my comfort zone.

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Posted Friday, December 14, 2012
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Location:

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

The Setup:

This was shot for the Street Photography Now challenge 32: "Follow lines of movement for a graphic journey". I'm not sure if this counts as street photography. It is composed of two images, first a 5" shot (using near-infrared filter as an ND filter), and second was a normal daytime exposure.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 USM IS @ 15mm
Filters: Near-infrared (580nm), Polariser
Exposure: 5" @ f/3.5, ISO 100 ((for the long exposure))

Post processing:

Lightroom 4 (prep for long exposure) -

  1. Convert to B&W
  2. Clarity +100, exposure +1.35 stops
  3. Curves: Lights -100, darks +10, shadows -70
Lightroom 4 (prep for normal exposure) -
  1. Clarity -100
Photoshop Elements 6 (Mac)
  1. Layer 1: The long exposure
  2. Layer 2: Levels adjustment: 0, 0.47, 226
  3. Layer 3: The normal exposure, style multiply, opacity 80%
  4. Layer 4: Levels adjustment: 0, 1.21, 255
Lightroom 4 (finishing touches) -
  1. Graduated filter from middle to top: Exposure +2.6 stops, clarity +45
  2. Graduated filter from middle to bottom: Clarity +45
  3. Exposure +0.4 stops

The wash-up:

This is exactly what I had in mind and it took an hour of trial and error processing to get there.

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Image taken Wednesday, November 7, 2012. Posted Wednesday, December 12, 2012
License: CC-BY-NC-SA (What does this mean?)

Location:

Ebbw Vale Station, Ipswich
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

As usual, I attempted the Gizmodo Shooting Challenge after the challenge was over. This time, the "Solarize challenge (or Solarise for British English) was simply to make an engaging solarised picture.

The camera & lens:

Camera: iPhone 4
@ 77/20mm
Exposure: 1/430" @ f/2.8, ISO 80

Post processing:

I followed the steps laid out in this tutorial. The GIMP -

  1. Colour -> Desaturate -> Average
  2. Colour -> Curves -> an inverted "V" shaped curve as shown in the screen shot
  3. Colour -> Curves -> a gentle "S" curve to add contrast
Lightroom 4 -
  1. Import above picture
  2. Crop
  3. Clarity +35
  4. Noise reduction: luminance +45
  5. Spot adjustment on the warning sign to increase contrast

The wash-up:

It's not fabulously original but it is the first I tried.

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Image taken Saturday, November 3, 2012. Posted Wednesday, December 5, 2012
License: No Re-Use (What does this mean?)

Location:

Ipswich
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

This is Evelyn walking along a plank at the new river heart playground.

Inspiration for the shot is from here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tokyoblues/5804143184/in/pool-1258231@N22/

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 USM IS @ 30mm
Exposure: 1/320" @ f/4.5, ISO 400 (0/3)

Post processing:

Lightroom 4 -

  1. Export layer 1 - B&W preset (clarity +30)
  2. Export layer 2 - B&W preset (clarity -100)
Photoshop Elements 7 (Mac) -
  1. Layer 1 was the background
  2. Layer 2 was the softer, blurrier overlay with 50% opacity

The wash-up:

Not quite as dreamy as I was expecting.

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Image taken Monday, August 13, 2012. Posted Thursday, November 22, 2012
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Location:

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

The Setup:

I set the camera up for a long exposure of the building looking south from our apartment. I forgot the tripod so I balanced camera on a pillow against the railing. I still had to hold the strap because there are gusts of wind - decision vindicated as one gust took my camera over the edge.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 USM IS @ 15mm
Filters: Near-infrared (580nm)
Exposure: 30" @ f/3.5, ISO 100 (+1 stop)

Post processing:

The GIMP -

  1. Auto-levels
  2. False colour preset, which consists of - Channel mixer: Red channel has red +100 and green +100, green channel has green +100 (no change), and blue channel has red +100.
Lightroom 4 -
  1. Auto Tone
  2. Clarity +25
  3. Hue shift: Yellow -80, green -40, orange -60 (this changed the trees to orange while leaving the building highlights yellow)
  4. Noise reduction: Luminance +45 (even though ISO was at 100, the harsh editing brought out a lot of noise).

The wash-up:

A tripod would have made this a million times easier. Otherwise I'm happy with it.

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Posted Sunday, November 18, 2012
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Location:

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

The Setup:

Furious storms left a lovely parting gift

The camera & lens:

Camera: iPhone 4
@ 3.85mm
Exposure: 1/120" @ f/2.8, ISO 125

Post processing:

Hugin -

  1. Combined in Hugin. Full steps to come.

What would you do?

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Image taken Saturday, October 13, 2012. Posted Sunday, November 11, 2012
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Location:

South Brisbane
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

This is my third attempt to get a panoramic photo from this location. First two were taken during the day but stitching was almost impossible: The spans on the left-hand side of the picture are long and relatively featureless. I decided to try it at night, where dappled light is available, and this proved more successful. Shooting took two hours (bracketed long exposure plus careful recomposition for each shot). I still had to zoom in to 100% to find distinguishing features to stitch together - it came down to counting dots along the span, at times.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 USM IS @ 15mm
Exposure: 60" @ f/11, ISO 400 (M)

Post processing:

Hugin -

  1. Auto-find control points and vertices
  2. Manually added about 300 more control points where the algorithms did not find enough significant features. This took many hours and I got a lot more intimate with the image than I had intended!
An early iteration shows that the spans with poor control points - not matching up very well. It was quick to get to this point, but very slow to get to the finished product.

The wash-up:

I noticed 45 mins in that I had my polariser on. I like to think that I learn from these things, but it seems that I don't.

There are some stitching errors, so I've actually cropped them out. I considered going back for a re-shoot to try to exclude the railing on the right, but in the end I decided it was too much effort.

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Image taken Wednesday, October 31, 2012. Posted Friday, November 9, 2012
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Location:

At work, Brisbane
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

Not sure if intentional when the lunch room was designed, but the light shone through at just the right angle. I almost dropped my cup of tea.

The camera & lens:

Camera: iPhone 4
@ 77/20mm
Exposure: 1/164" @ f/14/5, ISO 80

Post processing:

Instagram 3 -

  1. Hefe filter with contrast boost (with added red).

What would you do?

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Image taken Saturday, September 29, 2012. Posted Tuesday, October 30, 2012
License: CC-BY-NC-SA (What does this mean?)

Location:

Brisbane City - Level 33
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

Once the fireworks were over, the crowd dispersed quickly.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 USM IS @ 15mm
Exposure: 4" @ f/5, ISO 1600 (M)

Post processing:

Lightroom 4 -

  1. Black and White preset 5 (from the default presets).

The wash-up:

The image does not stand up to close scrutiny as I recomposed without checking focus and accidentally bumped the focus ring. Otherwise it is exactly the shot that I was after.

What would you do?

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