Posted Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Category: Project365
License: CC-BY-NC-SA (What does this mean?)

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Location:

Brisbane City
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

There are many hibuscus planted around the city and they are in bloom at the moment. My trouble was finding one in a garden that I could climb in to in order to get a macro shot.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II @ 28mm
Filters: 0.42x fisheye filter (macro mode)
Exposure: 1/50" @ f/9, ISO 400 (Av)

Post processing:

Lightroom -

  1. I applied a Lightroom preset called Creative Catalyst 19 which applies the following settings: Exposure +1 stop, Curves (Highlights +50, lights +20, darks -20, shadows -100), Blacks +15, Contrast +15 (down from default of +25)
  2. Added noise reduction +75 and detail +100 (I had to use a high ISO to get a still shot thanks to the breeze)
  3. Clarity +100
I originally shot and planned this as a black and white. I had some trouble getting a good mix of colours to make it work, but when I tried it in colour it seemed that much better.

The wash-up:

If I were to do this properly, I would have cut the flower and taken it to a non-breezy area.

What would you do?

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