Image taken Sunday, August 12, 2012. Posted Friday, September 28, 2012
License: CC-BY-NC-SA (What does this mean?)



Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

We stayed in an apartment at the Gold Coast for the weekend. It wasn't much of a holiday: Evelyn was sick and Lui was studying all weekend. I also forgot my tripod, so for this shot I went hand-held.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 USM IS @ 15mm
Exposure: 1/320" @ f/11, ISO 400 (M)

Post processing:

Hugin -

  1. Import all photos using default settings
  2. I spent a lot of time dragging the picture around in the Move tab to try to correct the horizon distortion, with no success. I left it for a month. When I came back, Google helpfully told me that there is a straighten button which does the job for you.
  3. Export without cropping.
Lightroom 4 -
  1. Crop out the borders
  2. Presence: Exposure +0.35, highlights -40, shadows +90, whites +40, blacks -75.
  3. Curves: lights +15, darks +15
  4. Noise reduction: luminance +25
  5. Graduated filter, starting middle towards the right - highlights -100, saturation -15, to even out the sky tone.

The wash-up:

There are some small stitching errors, probably because of going hand held, but otherwise this is what I wanted! I'm really not sure if the polariser was the right thing for this photo - the 'hole' is very obvious.

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3 Responses to “Surfers Paradise South Pano”

  1. lime

    Pixlr: polar co-ordinates. With a bit of work and maybe some careful cropping (or subject selection), this could be a winner.


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