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
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 -
- Curves: lights +25, darks +25, shadows -5
- Exposure: +0.5 stops, recovery +100 (to squash the overblown sun part), blacks +15 (to darken the bike), saturation +40
- 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.
- 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.