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



Captain Burke Park (under the Story Bridge), Brisbane
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

At the SEQ 365ers meetup, Mick Porter (@pizzaboy) brought along his kite and aerial photography kit. I flew the kite for a bit while Mick got the camera together, but there ended up being not quite enough wind to carry the weight of the camera. I had fun though!

The meetup was great, and I met a whole heap of new people - @brizmako, @kjarn, @pizzaboy, @mozette, and many others.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II @ 18mm
Filters: 0.42x fisheye filter (fisheye mode)
Exposure: 1/500" @ f/9, ISO 18 (Av)

Post processing:

Lightroom -

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    Import from Camera

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    Lens Correction - using the Sigma 8mm fisheye profile, which is the closest match I've found for my lens & filter combo

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    Crop and rotate - to cut out some of the most drastic distortion, and improve the point of view somewhat

  4. Lighting Adjustments - recovery +100, fill light +35, blacks +5 and clarity +100

  5. Spot Adjustment for sky - exposure -0.4 stops, contrast +100 and clarity +100 - this to bring out some detail in the clouds

  6. Spot Adjustment for bridge - exposure +1.7 stops

  7. Spot Adjustment for trees - exposure +1.7 stops

  8. Curves adjustment - lights +20, darks -10, shadows -65, plus saturation +15

The wash-up:

I'm happy with this as it is. It could have been processed many different ways.

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