Posted Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Category: Project365
License: CC-BY-NC-SA (What does this mean?)


Post Office Square, Brisbane
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

I have only recently discovered the wonder of Post Office Square, and I love its hustle and bustle. I've been checking out photo ops around the place (and there are many).

For this particular one, my intention was to grab a shot using the fisheye, which included people sitting at tables down below, and people sitting in the park above. Once I actually tried to execute the picture, it became fairly obvious that that wasn't going to be possible (with my equipment and vantage point anyway). The circular staircase was going to be a feature anyway, so I changed tack a little bit and shot this one.

There is an unintentional pun in the title of this picture/post.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
@ 18/1mm
Filters: 0.42x fisheye filter (fisheye mode)
Exposure: 1/800" @ f/56/10, ISO 400

Post processing:

Lightroom - The reflection of light on the cylinder in the centre of the picture was blown out, so I used the recovery bar to bring that back under control - otherwise only very slight black (+7) and fill light (+10) to add some contrast to the diners. I used a curve that boosted both light (+35) and dark (+30) midtones, and lowered the shadows (-15). This is to counter the effect of shooting a shot with strong contrast with a lens combo that results in a low contrast image. I also used the Lightroom lens correction adjustment to stretch out the image a little bit.

The wash-up:

I might have aimed a bit lower to get more of the bottom of the staircase in, but that would have lost some of the buildings above. Also, some post processing to stretch this out (de-fish-eye it) maybe might have a good result.

What would you do?

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