Posted Friday, January 20, 2012
Category: Incomplete
License: CC-BY-NC-SA (What does this mean?)


West Ipswich
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

This is a sign that caught my eye while driving through Ipswich. I'm normally in a great hurry to get to whereever I'm going so there's no time to stop through here.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
@ 200/1mm
Exposure: 1/125" @ f/71/10, ISO 400

Post processing:

Lightroom -

  1. Auto apply a B&W preset I have called "PSKiss-FilmStyleBW-01". It auto applies curves (lights +60, darks -12, shadows -12), brightness +45, contrast +45, clarity +50 and increases the colour mixes in all channels, but mainly green and aqua.
  2. Presence: fill light +15, black clipping +35, clarity +100
  3. Added two adjustment layers for the sign text itself, as the lighting was inconsistent. Top layer over the "Fire Brigade" text was exposure +0.4 stops. Bottom layer over the "Turning Out" text was exposure -0.9 stops and clarity +100.
  4. Added a graduated filter - from top to bottom of image,
  5. A slight crop

The wash-up:

I had hoped to either isolate the subject completely or get in more of the surroundings, but it wasn't critical.

What would you do?

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