Posted Thursday, December 8, 2011
Category: Project365
License: CC-BY-NC-SA (What does this mean?)



At home, Ipswich
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

We have some berries planted in the back yard, and in an attempt to stop them turning into a bramble, they are stacked vertically. The first berries of the season are starting to ripen. It looks like this little guy is protecting the berries - at least they haven't been eaten by anything yet. (Must be careful though, last year some of the berries had fruit fly.)

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II @ 25mm
Filters: 0.42x fisheye filter (macro mode)
Exposure: 1/40" @ f/13, ISO 1600 ((aiming for maximum depth of field, at the expense of image noise))

Post processing:

Lightroom -

  1. Curves: lights +15, darks -20, shadows -45
  2. Fill light +20, blacks +15, clarity +35, saturation -10 (overall saturation lowered, but saturation for particular parts of the picture were adjusted below)
  3. Temperature +600K
  4. Graduated filter: from bottom left to top right, exposure +1.85 stops, contrast -100, saturation +20, clarity +100. This served to lighten the area under the leaf, which was quite underexposed before. Again, the overall saturation for this area was adjusted, but then it was adjusted again below.
  5. Noise reduction: luminance +50
  6. Saturation adjustments: red +20, orange +20, green -35. This made the berries pop and the leaves step back a bit

The wash-up:

The shot I was actually after, which was a backlit berry. Got it, but liked the one above better. Also snapped a ninja grasshopper that I hope to be able to find again (it has been there two days now).

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