Image taken Friday, April 26, 2013. Posted Saturday, April 27, 2013
License: CC-BY-NC-SA (What does this mean?)



Brisbane Central Station and Ebbw Vale Station
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

This is in response to a get-pushed challenge from @frida: To take an image that represents 'lighter than air'. This was especially tough. I had this idea in my head but the execution turned out quite different.

The coffin is a roving prop that Queensland Rail take to different stations as part of a campaign to stop people crossing the tracks when a train is coming. It is pictured here at Central station - although there are no accessible tracks at Central, a lot of people would be coming from a station where there is a track crossing somewhere. The clouds are from Ebbw Vale station. The idea I had in my head was a cliched image of a grave in the clouds.

Post processing:

I started by just loading up both images in Photoshop Elements and seeing how they mixed. The grave scene was much too strong for the cloud scene so I went to soften and lower the contrast in the grave scene. Lightroom 4: Grave scene -

  1. Clarity -80, saturation -75
  2. Curves: highlights -100, darks +100, shadows +100
Photoshop Elements 6 (Mac) -
  1. Layer 1: Cloud scene, opacity 100%
  2. Layer 2: Grave scene, multiply, opacity 100%
  3. Layer 3: Levels - 0, 1.52, 200 (lightened the overall picture)
Lightroom 4: Blended picture -
  1. Shadows +10, white clipping +10, black clippoing -65 (darkened the tree)
  2. Clarity -20, vibrance -30, saturation +100 (increased colour blush in the clouds without increasing anything else)

What would you do?

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