Image taken Saturday, June 30, 2012. Posted Thursday, July 19, 2012
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A steel wool burn in an abandoned warehouse.


Seven Hills, Qld
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

Spent an afternoon and evening at the abandoned TAFE. Al did a steel-wool burn in the ceramics block. I accidentally left my camera on the wrong settings and this shot was overexposed. Al did another one for my benefit, but the first one actually turned out better. In addition to the burn, there was a flash of blue light from the right of frame.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 USM IS @ 15mm
Exposure: 108/1" @ f/9.0, ISO 3200 (0/3)

Post processing:

Lightroom 4 -

  1. Exposure -2.85 stops
  2. Curves: Lights +75
  3. Colour temperature -620 (towards blue)
  4. Noise reduction: Luminance +30

The wash-up:

Clearly, choosing the right ISO would have been a good thing. Otherwise composition, etc, I'm happy with it.

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5 Responses to “Seven Hills TAFE – June #12/14”

  1. Sheridan Tighe

    Well, I prefer the look of the bouncing sparks on this one.  It puts me in mind of the sparks bringing the ground to life as they touch it.

    Even you were reigning yourself in a bit on the second one, and the sparks didn't go as far 😛  Something about the sparks hitting the cameras, wasn't it?


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