Posted Monday, August 22, 2011
Category: Project365
License: CC-BY-NC-SA (What does this mean?)



General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

This is a statue / sculpture near work that I've been meaning to get over and photograph for a while. My challenge was to photograph it in such a way that all of the elements were included (including the antlers in the backpack) without it being just a straight on shot.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
@ 27/1mm
Filters: 0.42x fisheye filter (fisheye mode)
Exposure: 1/4000" @ f/4/1, ISO 100

Post processing:

Lightroom - To get this look, I had to push a lot of settings to 100. First, the curves adjustment was fairly minor (lights +10, darks -5, shadows -20). Then convert to B&W, and I used the colour mix to do most of the adjusting (how much of each colour from the original picture is mixed in to make the resulting B&W image; Where the default is neutral (0), I set red, orange, yellow and green to +100, and aqua, blue, purple and magenta to -100. The result is the lighted portion of the picture is made entirely out of the red, orange, yellow and green portions of the original, and the other colours just go to black. Final adjustments: Fill light to 100, and recovery to 100, and blacks to 50.

The wash-up:

This picture didn't really capture the fact that the antlers are in a backpack. I couldn't really think of how to do it without losing other interesting aspects of the shot.

What would you do?

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2 Responses to “Project365 [234/365]: Backpacking Statue”

  1. Brendan Mansell

    I like it, Shez. I actually think a series of shots of it, moving gradually closer or further away would be cool, to make it seem like the statue is moving on with its epic antler-carrying journey.


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