Posted Monday, December 19, 2011
Category: Project365
License: CC-BY-NC-SA (What does this mean?)

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General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

I was posting some Christmas parcels at the GPO and St Stephen's is nearby. I had been waiting for a clear day and this on the list to shoot with a polariser for deep blue skies. Now with the R72 filter, I shot it for nice black skies instead.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II @ 18mm
Filters: Near-infrared (580nm)
Exposure: 0.3" @ f/3.5, ISO 1600 (M - 1-stop bracketing - this was the +1 stop shot)

Post processing:

Lightroom -

  1. 1. Custom White Balance.  I had already chosen one in-camera, but thought I'd see if I could take it a bit further.

    1. Custom White Balance. I had already chosen one in-camera, but thought I'd see if I could take it a bit further.

  2. Convert to B&W (no presets) (I decided that a colour swap wouldn't really suit this one)
  3. Curves: lights +45, darks -20, shadows -60
  4. Recovery +75, fill light +15, blacks +20, clarity +20
  5. Noise reduction: Luminance
  6. ACR Lens Profile for Canon EF-S 18-55 - fixed some wide angle distortion

The wash-up:

I would have brought the tripod to do a proper long exposure with lower ISO. As it stands, it's not bad. I might have done it landscape as that included more of the buildings on the ground.

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