Posted Saturday, April 14, 2012
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A drain with lightpainting of an orb and swishes of blue light on the ground.


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

The Setup:

Alan and Mick invited me to a drain in Brisbane south... for light painting. Oliver was there as well, and he painted this great scene. I was further back and took a "making of" shot - though I think it works better cropped as I've done here.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
Lens: Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX-DC @ 30/1mm
Filters: Polariser
Exposure: 154/1" @ f/10/1, ISO 200

Post processing:

Lightroom 4 -

  1. Crop down quite a lot
  2. Presence: Highlights +45, clarity +35
  3. Noise reduction: luminance +50

The wash-up:

I realised after I got home that I had left my polariser on all the time. We were doing long exposures so it all still worked out in the end - just with higher ISO. Also, I accidentally bumped the camera on the tripod and mucked up the composition.

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