Posted Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Category: Project365
License: CC-BY-NC-SA (What does this mean?)



Kangaroo Point, Brisbane
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

This is a sculpture called Fish Fossil, by Christopher Trotter and made in 1995 from scrap metal and concrete.

Mum asked many months ago to find this sculpture and take a photo, and I have been searching for it all of this time. I knew it existed because I had seen photos, but it eluded me every time. As it turns out, this is because I was always riding past on my bike, and it is tilted in such a way that when riding past, it's almost invisible. I finally spotted it when I was training for Bridge to Brisbane and jogged past it.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
@ 30/1mm
Exposure: 1/60" @ f/25/10, ISO 100

Post processing:

Lightroom - The main thing I wanted to highlight was the beautiful copper tones, with the colour and texture of everything else being secondary. The curves adjustment was pretty harsh (highlights +100, lights +50, darks -25, shadows -100). I wanted to do a clarity +100 but that made the dappled light at the bottom of frame quite unpleasant. Instead I used an adjustment filter and set clarity and contrast +35 over only the sculpture itself. I still wasn't happy with the tones so the final adjustment was to change the luminance colour mix - setting red +20 and orange +55 - to brighten those tones.

The wash-up:

It was a particularly sunny day which made for harsh dappled light - another day with clouds would have been better for this.

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!

If you'd rather, you can download the original/raw image to play with in your own image editor:
Download original file in DNG format Download original file in JPEG format

Related Images:

One Response to “Project365 [257/365]: Fish Fossil”

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.