Posted Friday, October 7, 2011
Category: Project365
License: CC-BY-NC-SA (What does this mean?)

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Location:

Alexandra Headland, Sunshine Coast
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

Staying at an apartment up the Sunshine Coast, I thought it would be a great time to get some night-time beach shots. I've also never tried a long exposure of water before.

I didn't have my tripod so had to rely on leaning the camera on a railing (using a pen for tilt). I did have my cable release but forgot about it!

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
Lens: Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX-DC @ 30mm
Exposure: 30" @ f/2.2, ISO 100 (Manual, 30" (due to no intervalometer))

Post processing:

Lightroom -

  1. Curves: Highlights +10, lights +45, darks +30, shadows -20
  2. Exposure +0.9, recovery +20, fill light +20, blacks +20 (all of the above intended to increase contrast). Saturation +15
  3. Clarity +100 (to give definition to the rocks)
  4. Noise reduction: Luminance +45, Detail +100
  5. Lightroom lens correction for the Sigma lens - corrects a bit of distortion

The wash-up:

If I had remembered the cable release, I would have used that and taken a many-minute shot. A smaller aperture would have helped sharpness a lot. Also if I had brought along my tripod, I could have set up in a better location.

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