Posted Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Category: Project365
License: CC-BY-NC-SA (What does this mean?)



Graceville, Brisbane
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

I saw this scene from the train [yesterday], and thought I could make something of it. I rode my bike there and stacked all of my filters together (NIR R72, polariser and fisheye macro) and set the smallest aperture possible (f/29) to get the longest NIR exposure that I could. The bike being in the way started out as laziness, later became a feature.

My cable release is stuffed - I spend more time jiggling it than exposing photos. I paid way too much for it ($10), many years ago. I'm hoping I can find a good $2 replacement from HK/CN.

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 (fisheye mode), Near-infrared (580nm), Polariser
Exposure: 53" @ f/29, ISO 100

Post processing:

I started out trying a channel swap in The GIMP but it just didn't look right. To me, the red with the moving clouds is suitable. Pre-shooting, I set a custom white balance from the grass. Lightroom -

  1. Curves: lights +25, darks +25, shadows -5
  2. Exposure: +0.5 stops, recovery +100 (to squash the overblown sun part), blacks +15 (to darken the bike), saturation +40
  3. Graduated filter on the lower third of the picture, exposure +1.75 stops. This was to bring some life to the grass - while I could take or leave the grass, I found that without it, the bottom half of the photo was empty. Also, the bike merged with the murkiness and it just didn't work at all.
  4. ACR lens profile correction for Sigma 15mm circular fisheye. I don't normally use this profile but it worked out alright. I did try to get the horizon straight, but I found that the bike then looked too odd, so I settled on a straight bike and curved horizon.

The wash-up:

This is not what I originally set out to snap, but it works better than the original idea.

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