Posted Friday, July 20, 2012
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A small cinema filled with people but the same five people sitting in multiple seats each.

Location:

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

The Setup:

Spent an afternoon and evening at the abandoned TAFE. This is a small lecture theatre with small projector room. Al set up a torch in the projector room, and some flashes triggered by his camera. The rest of us set up our cameras along the front row. We then jumped into different seats for each exposure, trying not to (and almost succeeding) double up on seats. Since my camera is the oldest and loudest, we all used its noisy mirror slap as the trigger to move to a new seat for the next exposure.

The lecture theatre itself was a bit worse for wear. Aside from the vandalism, the roof had a leak which had rotted away the ceiling and the floor below it. In the dark between shots, Al found that spot, and fell in.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 USM IS @ 15mm
Exposure: 15" @ f/5.0, ISO 400 (6 exposures)

Post processing:

Photoshop Elements 6 (Mac) -

  1. Bring in each image as a layer
  2. Add an adjustment layer to each layer, linking it in. (Following tutorial here: Creating Layer Masks with Adjustment Layers). There is a workaround needed for Elements 7 and earlier.
  3. Drew layer masks so people were visible and seats were not.
Lightroom 4 -
  1. Noise reduction: Luminance +30

The wash-up:

There were better angles to be had, but this is not bad!

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