Posted Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Category: Project365
License: CC-BY-NC-SA (What does this mean?)



Brisbane City
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

I had intended to take this for months, but it needed me to be on the late shift (and to remember to grab this shot between the train station and the office), or for the days to get longer again. The plan was to shoot directly in to the sun, behind a group of people who would create a shadow. Everything went better than expected. This is actually one block over from my usual path, because I was going to the 7-11 to buy an iced coffee. I also shot this on the normal path, but it wasn't as good.

The camera & lens:

Camera: iPhone 4
Lens: iPhone 4 fixed lens (30mm equivalent) @ 77/20mm
Exposure: 1/1700" @ f/28/10, ISO 80

Post processing:

Lightroom -

  1. My second choice of picture had much better flare (but this picture was better in every other way), so I used it as a template to bring the most out of the flare that I could.
  2. I used a curve that defies metaphor: the lights went right up, as well as the darks right up, with the shadows down to minimum.
  3. I raised the colour temp and upped the saturation slightly to give the scene a warmer feel.
  4. Finally, I set the recovery and clarity bars to 100, to bring as much definition as possible to the buildings.

The wash-up:

I had intended to take this with the SLR, but after I snapped it on the iPhone and it came out okay, I left it at that.

What would you do?

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