Posted Saturday, April 28, 2012
License: CC-BY-NC-SA (What does this mean?)


Lightpainting with an orb pattern, against a heavily graffitied background.


Seven Hills Tafe, Brisbane
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

If ever you've wanted or needed a reason to shoot raw, here is one. I arrived late to the location and didn't check my settings before starting to shoot. I thought the shot was a write-off, but with nothing to lose, I fiddled with sliders in Lightroom and ended up with this result.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
Lens: Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX-DC @ 30mm
Exposure: 302" @ f/2.8, ISO 1600

Post processing:

Lightroom 4 -

  1. Presence: Exposure -4.7 stops, contrast +100, highlights -100, shadows +100, whites +50, blacks +100, clarity +100 (yes, most sliders to their maximums or minimums)
  2. Curves: Highlights +75, lights +100, darks +100
  3. Noise reduction: Luminance +50
  4. ACR lens correction for Sigma 30mm

The wash-up:

Obviously I would have chosen ISO 100, and probably f/8 as well.
This would have been much better with my wide angle lens (I broke my 18-55 on Friday).

What would you do?

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2 Responses to “Seven Hills Tafe #3 Orb”

  1. Al

    Nicely saved, Sheridan. I don’t think I’ve seen an orb processed this way before, most of the orbists keep it pretty straight…I like this 🙂


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