Posted Sunday, May 6, 2012
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A garden scene at night, with an orb lightpainted among the garden beds.


Queens Park, Ipswich
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

After an evening of unsuccessful drain exploring (and really wet shoes), Al and I headed for Queens Park and he did some light painting. I am taking notes.

This is a greenhouse at Queens Park. Alan lightpainted with blue and green strobes, orange torch and the red orb. The moon was quite bright tonight, so moonlight overpowered most of the added light.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 USM IS @ 16mm
Exposure: 302" @ f/6.3, ISO 100

Post processing:

Lightroom 4 -

  1. (Set white balance to tungsten in-camera - Al's idea)
  2. Presence: Exposure +0.5 stops, highlights +20, shadows -25, whites +25
  3. Curves: lights +30
  4. Noise reduction: luminance +30
  5. ACR lens profile correction for EF-S 15-85mm
  6. Spot adjustment to the sky: clarity +100 (to bring out more stars)

The wash-up:

I would have allowed in more light. I was able to lighten it in post. This would work better with a new moon rather than full moon.

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2 Responses to “Queens Park Orb #2”

  1. Stevo

    this is a great shot and I love the blue fading sky. If I was finalising this shot or doing this shot, I would either clone out the few star stretches their or continued along the path of doing a full star trail for this shot so star trail overhead and the orb in the shot.

    Being a lover of natural looking HDR, I would then go a little further and HDR the hut on the left and the walls on the right to finish off the beautiful location and shot.

    You did awesome in the shot you have


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