Posted Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Category: Project365
License: CC-BY-NC-SA (What does this mean?)

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Location:

At home
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

When I arrived home, I noticed that there was a strong light shining through the keyhole in the laundry. The setting sun was perfectly lined up to shine through between the surrounding houses.

The macro filter is a relatively simple design compared to the other modern lenses that I have and the flare is very unpredictable. Also due to the bright sunlight and flare, the autofocus had a lot of trouble. This shot was one that worked with autofocus but so many shots I just couldn't lock on, so I moved to manual focus and rocked back and forward until I had good focus.

I already had a shot for the day but chose this one to keep due to repeatability - there would only be a couple of days per year that this shot would be able to be done.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
@ 38/1mm
Filters: 0.42x fisheye filter (macro mode)
Exposure: 1/50" @ f/5/1, ISO 400

Post processing:

Lightroom - Minimal editing on this shot, just a mild curve adjustment (lights +20, darks -25) and fill light +10. This had the effect of warming up the flare on the right.

The wash-up:

I tried many different things, including different depths of field (f/5 for this shot - only this side of the lock visible, f/9 for others - inside of mechanism visible, and f/25 for others - all of lock and mechanism visible). Any of them could have been chosen but I liked this one the best.

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