[photo] Brisbane cityscape

Discussion in 'Australia Photography' started by Troy Piggins, Jan 5, 2008.

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    Troy Piggins Guest

    Had a break in the weather, so thought I'd have a crack at a
    Brisbane cityscape. First go at it, so please offer advice on
    both composition and processing.

    This is cropped, obviously, because I thought there was too much
    sky in it. I also used some contrast masking and layer masking
    of 3 different exposures to manually get some detail in the
    highlights and shadows.

    The single exposures were either too dark in the trees or the sky
    was blown.

    http://piggo.com/~troy/photos.php?album=2008_01_05&img=photos/2008_01_05/img_5392.jpg

    Those who know Brisbane - what's your fav spot to take the
    cityscape.

    I also want to do some night shots, but want a clearer night.
     
    Troy Piggins, Jan 5, 2008
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    snapper Guest

    The rocks in the foreground draw your eye away from your intended subject. Also, too much water.
     
    snapper, Jan 5, 2008
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    Pete D Guest

    I quite like the shot but the clouds do nothing for the shot, actually I
    think they do less than nothing.

    Cheers.

    Pete
     
    Pete D, Jan 5, 2008
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  4. Troy Piggins

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    * is quoted & my replies are inline below
    * :
    Ok. Thanks for that. So more sky would have been better?
    Horizon 1/3 up from bottom or so?
     
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    N Guest

    That's because they're not connected to the subject. The water divides the
    image.

    Troy, it's time to think about getting some ND grads.
     
    N, Jan 5, 2008
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    * N is quoted & my replies are inline below :
    Thanks N. Hadn't thought about the water dividing. I was
    thinking the rocks etc and framing, but obviously that didn't
    work.

    ND grads - had thought about that. Can't get them at the moment.
    I'm skin :(
     
    Troy Piggins, Jan 5, 2008
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    * Pete D is quoted & my replies are inline below :
    Thanks Pete. Hard to not include them at all. What do you think
    I should have done?
     
    Troy Piggins, Jan 5, 2008
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    Annika1980 Guest

    Lose the rocks, zoom tighter, and do something about that dreadful
    sky.
    A ND grad would help. Also, go back when the lighting is better.
    And is it me or are some of those buildings leaning?
     
    Annika1980, Jan 5, 2008
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    Pete D Guest

    ND Grad or multi shot with EV adjustment so that the sky did not overexpose.
     
    Pete D, Jan 5, 2008
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    * Annika1980 is quoted & my replies are inline below :
    Thanks Bret. The 10-22mm lens at the 10mm end has a bit of a
    fish-eye effect.
     
    Troy Piggins, Jan 5, 2008
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    * Pete D is quoted & my replies are inline below :
    Got it. So it's not about getting rid of the clouds, it's about
    controlling their exposure. Thanks.
     
    Troy Piggins, Jan 5, 2008
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    Pete D Guest

    Thats it exactly, I love clouds but they can be pretty pesky with getting a
    good exposure, RAW is your friend here as is multiple exposure with EV
    adjustment if your camera supports this or do it manually to get what you
    want but be very careful with the HDR thing, overdoing it is not a good
    thing. I do like using a circular polariser for this sort of situation, can
    work wonders on clouds without killing the rest of the shot.

    Cheers.

    Pete
     
    Pete D, Jan 5, 2008
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    Rob. Guest


    A little lower view point and move to the right, should cover the water
    problem and lead you more into the city.
     
    Rob., Jan 6, 2008
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    N Guest


    The camera might have been pointing up a little. It needs to point dead
    ahead, not up or down. Do you have a double bubble spirit level?
     
    N, Jan 6, 2008
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    Rob. Guest

    Why would you want to loose the rocks?
     
    Rob., Jan 6, 2008
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    Troy Piggins Guest

    * N is quoted & my replies are inline below :
    No. The tripod has a built-in bubble level, but not the head.
    It's a ball-head.
     
    Troy Piggins, Jan 6, 2008
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    * Rob. is quoted & my replies are inline below :
    Thanks Rob. By lower viewpoint, do you mean drop the whole
    camera lower? That makes sense. It was about eye-height.
     
    Troy Piggins, Jan 6, 2008
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    * Troy Piggins is quoted & my replies are inline below :
    Didn't get a chance for more pics today, so played around with
    some others I took yesterday. I had +/-2EV exposure of this
    shot. I cropped it as suggested, and tried to mimic the effect
    of ND grad filters by blending the sky from the underexposed
    shot. The buildings are still leaning on the outside, but I
    think this looks better than the other one in terms of exposure
    and composition?

    http://piggo.com/~troy/photos/2008_01_05/1280/img_5401.jpg

    Jeez, those ND grad filters aren't cheap. And as I understand,
    you don't want to skimp and get cheapies. AU$150 or thereabouts!
     
    Troy Piggins, Jan 6, 2008
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    Rob. Guest

    yep
     
    Rob., Jan 6, 2008
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    Rob. Guest

    Now try to correct the distortion in PShop.


    no can't be that much Cokin!

    http://www.qualitycamera.com.au/index.php?cPath=22_12&sort=2a&page=2
     
    Rob., Jan 6, 2008
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