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