Image taken Saturday, April 14, 2012. Posted Thursday, April 19, 2012
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A heavily graffitied drain lit by gel lights.


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

The Setup:

Alan and Mick invited me to a drain in Brisbane's south... for light painting. Final shot for the night: Alan set up his four LED lights pointing at the grafitti. Mick set his camera for long exposure, and I sat to the right copying his steps and settings, but with a different angle and lens.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II @ 18/1mm
Filters: 0.42x fisheye filter (fisheye mode)
Exposure: 120/1" @ f/71/10, ISO 800

Post processing:

Lightroom 4 -

  1. Presence: exposure +0.7 stops, highlights +20, shadows -100, clarity +50
  2. Noise reduction: luminance +50
  3. ACR lens correction for Sigma 8mm fisheye - this profile leads to completely straight lines, which is what I had in mind when taking the shot.
  4. Crop out the really distorted bits created by the last step.

The wash-up:

This is exactly what I was going for.

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