Image taken Friday, February 28, 2014. Posted Saturday, March 1, 2014
License: CC-BY-NC-SA (What does this mean?)



Brisbane City
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

Rally for detainees at Manus Island, held at Queens Park in Brisbane. Organised by the Refugee Action Collective.

Two protesters during the march.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Sony RX100 II
Lens: Sony RX100M2 fixed lens 10.4-37.1mm f/1.8-4.9 (28-105mm equivalent) @ 10.4mm
Exposure: 1/200" @ f/1.8, ISO 6400 (Shutter priority - 1/200, Auto ISO up to 6400)

Post processing:

This photo was quite underexposed at a very high ISO (I had it on shutter priority, which was the only way to get a clear shot while marching). So here is a delicate reconstruction from a very poor starting point.

Lightroom 5 -

  1. Basic: Exposure +0.5 stops, highlights +100, shadows +100, white clipping +90, black clipping -55 (all to brighten the image, then darken the black level down again)
  2. Temperature: -250 from 3800 to 3550, saturation -25.
  3. Individual colour saturation: Purple -90, magenta -50 (to counter the very heavy magenta/purple cast left after above steps)
  4. Noise Reduction: Luminance +20, colour +70
So the end result looks like it came out of Instagram - which wasn't my aim, but I'm happy with the result given the starting point.

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