Location:Post Office Square, Brisbane City
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland
The Setup:Alan Warren gave me the heads up that the protest was being broken up and moved along. He posted some shots on Google+ as it was happening. When I arrived at 7.20am, I was in time to see the last protesters being carried away.
I took lots of shots of people chanting, which would have been alright if I'd not gotten anything else. I also shot wide-open (f/4), because I wanted some of the background to be blurred (and the observers - having them in focus would be distracting). This was at the expense of sharpness of the main subject, but considering the situation and ultimate use of the photo, I thought that was a reasonable trade-off.
A little birdy told me that it will cost the Brisbane City Council $30-40k to re-turf Post Office Square after the tents killed the grass. I think it would come back quickly enough without being re-turfed - bit of a waste of money don'tcha think? (And isn't that what it's all about?)
The camera & lens:Camera: Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
Lens: Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM @ 80mm
Exposure: 1/500" @ f/4, ISO 800
- Auto apply a B&W preset I have called "PSKiss-FilmStyleBW-01". It auto applies curves (lights +60, darks -12, shadows -12), brightness +45, contrast +45, clarity +50 and increases the colour mixes in all channels, but mainly green and aqua.
- Crop to highlight the subject of the photo. Just before publishing, I cropped a bit further (Slightly cutting off the bloke on the right adds to the photo, I think, as it gives the feeling that there is more happening in the scene than we can see. Cutting too much off would be distracting.)
- Curves: lights +100, darks -40, shadows -10
- (ISO 800 resulted in lots of noise, but I left it in because I wanted it to be a bit gritty)
- Recovery +80, fill light +15, blacks +10
The wash-up:This is basically the shot I was after - though I didn't know what it would look like before I got there, it wasn't too hard to find the action and a good vantage point to see it.
What would you do?
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