Posted Tuesday, June 12, 2012
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Captain Burke Park - underneath the Story Bridge, Brisbane
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

This is a 23-shot panorama from the park under the Story Bridge. I rode over from work during my lunch break, with my camera and tripod strapped on, and shot this as quickly as I could before riding back. I used Hugin to process this, and it didn't go as smoothly as I'd hoped (see post processing comments).

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 USM IS @ 15mm
Filters: Polariser
Exposure: 1/80" @ f/6.3, ISO 400 (M - metered from the park & sky) (3-stop bracketing, I chose the middle exposure)

Post processing:

Hugin -

  1. Load all images, then click Align
  2. I had thought that Hugin had decided in this case that the two ends of the bridge were actually the same end. I spent two nights trying to convince it otherwise, when it turns out that Hugin had it right (I could see this by rotating the sphere), and it was my source images that were restrictive. I cut my losses with what you see here.
Lightroom 4 -
  1. Import result from Hugin
  2. Presence: highlights +35, shadows -35, whites +30, blacks -45
  3. Lens corrections: Manual: distortion +100, scale +150 (this took some of the barrel distortion away, and stretched things out)

The wash-up:

There are many different treatments that could be applied here. In truth, I was hoping for an image that contained the park with the bridge overhead, but my source images did allow for this. If trying again, I would stand further back from the park, though this would reduce the amount of detail available for under the bridge. Maybe a longer focal length would do the trick as well - many more source images required though.

What would you do?

You are welcome to have a go at editing this photo yourself. When editing in browser, maximum size is 1600x1200px and edits can be saved as a comment if you want to share your work. Go crazy!

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3 Responses to “Story Bridge Panorama”

  1. Matt Long

    You are game – lucky somebody didnt land on you from overhead.  It has become far too common jumping off this bridge landing in Captain Burke park.  Awesome shot!!!!


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