Posted Monday, September 19, 2011
Category: Project365
License: CC-BY-NC-SA (What does this mean?)


King George Square, Brisbane
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

Part of Brisbane Festival, this is set up in King George Square and looks to be an attempt to be street (walls with torn posters) in a way that is easy to clean up afterward.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
@ 75/1mm
Exposure: 1/2000" @ f/71/10, ISO 400

Post processing:

Lightroom - This was another case of take a crap photo and make it black and white in some attempt to make it 'good'. I didn't really have a plan when I shot it, and I didn't have a plan for post processing; Nothing I tried looked any good. Finally I converted to black and white and punched the contrast through the ceiling for the result here. The curve adjustment was quite strong - highlights +100, lights +40, darks -15 and shadows -100. Also adjusted was fill lights +15 and clarity +60 (to single out the slats in the fence). I tried to de-emphasise the van in the background using a spot adjustment but it needs a heavier hand (proper Photoshop).

The wash-up:

I don't think the shot was particularly good but I was able to do something with it in the post production. I also tried to get a shot without cars, vans or pedestrians in the backgorund, but it was lunch time - chances were nil.

What would you do?

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3 Responses to “Project365 [262/365]: Brisbane Be Street”

  1. Al - brizmako@365project

    Hey! You’re a DNG user! Sweet 🙂

    I’d have probably moved/reframed so the benchwarmers are closer to the centre of the frame and the fence occupies the left and right edges of the image. Of course, I don’t know where you’d have to stand to do that and the middle of the road may be fine for the middle of the night but certainly not lunch time 😉

    Does that poster say Frente is playing? I used to lurrrve Frente!

    • lime

      That’s a good point. I think I took it from that spot so that I wouldn’t be looking at the back of the heads of the two people sitting there. But yes, I agree that having the fence go all the way across the frame would look better for that aspect.

      Next time!

      Frente – indeed they are on the poster. You’ve got two more days to possibly catch them 🙂


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