Posted Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Category: Project365
License: CC-BY-NC-SA (What does this mean?)



Bundamba, Ipswich
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

This is a re-take of a shot I took yesterday, but which I didn't choose for the photo of the day (see below on what I would have done differently). It was a sun-kissed 1 degree outside and I had my gloves off to operate the iPhone's touch screen, so it's fairly amazing that I did 42 takes to get this shot. I wanted to have cars moving in the background to add a bit of life and a sense that no-one cared about this casualty.

The camera & lens:

Camera: iPhone 4
Lens: iPhone 4 fixed lens (30mm equivalent) @ 77/20mm
Exposure: 1/17" @ f/28/10, ISO 800

Post processing:

Lightroom - This shot as taken had fairly low contrast in the pre-dawn. I upped exposure, blacks, fill light and clarity, and added a fairly mild curve adjustment. I added the standard noise-reduction as well. Finally, I added a slight vignette to give a mildly closed-in feel.

The wash-up:

I actually think the first take of this was better - in the photo that I used today, the head looks startled; in the photo I took yesterday, he looks demented.

Due to my self-imposed rules for my project365, I couldn't use this one - I chose another for that day, and any picture I use for a day has to be taken on that day.

I can't re-take now as the head has moved on.

What would you do?

You are welcome to have a go at editing this photo yourself. When editing in browser, maximum size is 1600x1200px and edits can be saved as a comment if you want to share your work. Go crazy!

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5 Responses to “Project365 [207/365] Tragic road victim”

  1. Aaron

    The zoom focuses a little much on the subject so the moving ca rin the background is a little washed out. A great picture, but changing the angle/zoom may have brought the car into th epicure a little more.

    • lime

      You’re right there, though my aim was not as much to have the car defined in the picture, but to have the car providing some movement and suggestion. Good point though, I’ll keep that in mind.


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