Posted Saturday, October 8, 2011
Category: Project365
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A child punching a sandcastle to bits.


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

The Setup:

We took Evelyn down to the beach at sunset for some sand playing and portraits. Lui built up a big line of sandcastles and Evelyn took particular joy in demolishing every one of them.

I've been trying to get a photo of this decisive moment for a while now! It takes luck and time.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
Lens: Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX-DC @ 30mm
Exposure: 1/800" @ f/2.8, ISO 400

Post processing:

Lightroom -

  1. Curves: Lights +40, darks -30, shadows -50
  2. Fill light +15, Blacks +15, Clarity +50. Then Recovery +15 to reduce some hot spots on the skin
  3. Increase temp by 500K, to warm the shot (Auto white balance was essentially accurate, as the sun had gone down, but we wanted a warmer picture)
  4. There was some sand flying up past her arm, which while cute, was distracting if looked at for too long, so I cloned it out
  5. I didn't use any noise reduction, because sand is meant to be noisy.

The wash-up:

I'm happy with this.

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