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


Brisbane City
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

This is an embellishment on a balcony a few storeys up. I got level with it for something different than shooting from the ground.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
Lens: Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM @ 220mm
Exposure: 1/80" @ f/5, ISO 1600

Post processing:

Lightroom - The original image was fairly low contrast, so after cropping right down, I applied a strong curve adjustment (highlights +95, lights +75, darks -55, shadows -100). I used a graduated filter on the top half of the shot to lighten it (graduated exposure +1.75). The resulting image was very soft and very noisy, so I used noise reduction +70 and sharpening +60. The lens profile correction also helped a bit, with extra help from distortion correction (+200). If I was using the entire original image, it probably wouldn't have needed all of that (or would have been a throwaway if it did), but this is a very small crop of the original. Final adjustment was a blacks adjustment +15 and clarity +100.

The wash-up:

I don't like too much about this shot. It was too dark, mainly, so a lot of effort went in to cleaning it up.

What would you do?

You are welcome to have a go at editing this photo yourself. When editing in browser, maximum size is 1600x1200px and edits can be saved as a comment if you want to share your work. Go crazy!

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