Posted Friday, December 14, 2012
License: CC-BY-NC-SA (What does this mean?)

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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.

What would you do?

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