Image taken Tuesday, February 4, 2014. Posted Tuesday, June 17, 2014
License: CC-BY-NC-SA (What does this mean?)


A city apartment building with bikes tied up front and a motorcycle going past.


Ann St, Brisbane
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

Seen on my morning run, this is a slightly run-down apartment building in the city. I don't know if the bikes are a permanent fixture, but I approve.

The camera & lens:

Camera: FinePix XP60
Lens: Fuji FinePix XP60 fixed lens 5-25mm (28-140mm equiv) f/3.9-4.9 @ 5mm
Exposure: 1/100" @ f/3.9, ISO 100 (0/100)

Post processing:

Starting point, needs some serious work. All done in Lightroom 5

Auto upright perspective - mimicked the effect of a tilt-shift lens to straighten the vertical lines of the building.

Crop - down to a 3:2 perspective (original was 4:3). I tend to keep the ratio of the original shot but this one seemed to suit 3:2 better.

Auto tone - lightened the scene automatically and balanced the exposure a bit

First graduated filter, centre of shot to top, balance exposure by darkening the upstairs area. Exposure -0.7 stops, contrast +100, highlights -100, shadows 45.

Second graduated filter, middle of ground floor downward, to lighten the downstairs area. Exposure +1.1 stops.

Further lighten the downstairs area with some overall edits in basic panel. Including the settings made by the earlier auto tone: Exposure +0.55 stops, highlights -20, shadows +65, white clipping +10, black clipping -45, clarity +50

Noise reduction: this camera is built for being rugged and going underwater, not taking noise-free pictures. Luminance +35, detail +100.

There was a tiny bit of sky on the upper right-hand side that became a bit pronounced and horrible thanks to the previous edits. A spot adjustment with saturation -100 took care of that by whiting it out

Some atmosphere: Temperature +6, just to warm it up a touch, and post-crop vignette -25.

Finished picture.

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2 Responses to “The New Yorker”

  1. Al Warren

    Hey! That's one of my fave buildings up that end of Adelaide. I've snuck in for a look around, its not as Art Deco as it should be IMO.


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