Posted Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Category: Project365
License: CC-BY-NC-SA (What does this mean?)

Location:

South Brisbane
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

On my morning bike rides, sometimes I ride past this mural, painted under the Merivale Bridge. This area was cleaned up recently, as before it was generally occupied by homeless people - they've been moved on.

I'd had three months to plan this picture, as I first planned it just before winter set in (I generally don't ride in the mornings in winter..brr! Of course, this morning I did ride, and it was 0 degrees when I set out.)

I had to choose my angle carefully to avoid too much reflection on the paint (as seen in the top right hand corner of the picture). A polariser would cut that out, but the polariser doesn't work well with the 0.42x filter (the result is completely uneven).

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II @ 28mm
Filters: 0.42x fisheye filter (fisheye mode)
Exposure: 1/40" @ f/5.6, ISO 400 (11.7mm equiv)

Post processing:

Lightroom - I increased the blacks (+15) and added a steep curve (highlights +20, lights +60, darks -15, shadows -35). This was to pop the contrast, and make the white paint appear white (not touching the gray paint though). Otherwise nothing more needed doing.

The wash-up:

This is exactly what I had in my mind, and I'm happy with it.

What would you do?

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