Posted Thursday, September 8, 2011
Category: Project365
License: No Re-Use (What does this mean?)

Location:

Southbank Parklands, Brisbane
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

At the southern end of the parklands, there used to be some restaurants and it was always the crap end. Lately, the restaurants had their leases terminated/not renewed, and the buildings demolished. In their place, a lovely public space has been developed, including these steps. As soon as I saw them, I knew I wanted a shot of Lui and Evelyn sitting on the steps.

Exposure was in manual mode, as the backlighting on the steps would otherwise have confused the camera. That said, the few I took in Program mode weren't too bad, but there was no guarantee it would get it right each time.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
@ 30/1mm
Exposure: 1/20" @ f/14/10, ISO 1600

Post processing:

Lightroom - As I had already controlled most of the other elements of the shot, especially the framing and the exposure, not much more needed doing. I was mainly concerned with making the backlighting from the steps flow out a bit more. The curves adjustment was quite minor (lights +10, darks -10), and some fill light (20) and blacks (15). I used noise reduction on this (50). I used the Lightroom lens profile correction which gave the picture a more natural look. You probably wouldn't miss it if it wasn't there - the effect is very subtle.

The wash-up:

This isn't precisely the shot I was after - it is better!

What would you do?

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