Posted Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Category: Project365
License: CC-BY-NC-SA (What does this mean?)

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Location:

Brisbane - General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

The figs in the park were planted in 1870 and are pretty special to look at.

I walk past here once a week on my way to Bridge to Brisbane training, but only have my iPhone with me at that point - not much good for taking photos in the dark of a dark tree. So I rode over today during lunch time with a backpack of lenses and made sure I got something to be happy with.

I had originally intended to get a fish-eye shot of the roots from floor to sky, but it ended up not looking fantastic.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
@ 27/1mm
Exposure: 1/30" @ f/4/1, ISO 400

Post processing:

Lightroom - After cropping down, I gave it a mild curve adjustment (lights +20, darks -25, shadows -15). I then increased the saturation on the blue (+15) and aqua (+10) - a small amount, to make them pop. Then I used some selective colour removal and boost (yellow, aqua and blue +100, purple -100) to make for more pop. It's not the monochrome that is normally associated with 'selective colour', but this is for a more natural look. Final adjustment is a little fill light (+5) and blacks (+10)

The wash-up:

It's a bit blurry (handheld at 1/30") so I probably should have stepped up to ISO 800.

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