Sunday, August 30, 2009

So you think you know what we've been upto...?

From whence it came, so too shall it return.

Ok, finally time for a bit of an update, this time with a video!

So it's been a little over a week since our Epic Missions southwards to the region near Coffs Harbour, Australia. And the going through of photos and videos has been time consuming, but enjoyable, and after much deliberation, I've decided to show you a video of the making of the above shot, Post-Processing excluded. If you want PP details, click through the above pic, and read the details on the associated Flickr Page, email me...or read on...

I apologise for my extreme Australian accent/drawl. I was quite tired while making this video. I also apologise for the Quality of the Video, I'm yet to find a free video editing program that will let me handle the *.mov files off the iPhone 3Gs. (if you know of any, let me know!)

If you didn't catch the equipment in the video or can't see the video,
Here's the equipment I was using:
  • Canon 40D + Sigma 10-20mm f/4.0-5.6 DC EX HSM
  • Cokin P-Series Slimline Filter + Grad 8 filter (P.121s)
  • Manfrotto 488RC Ball Head on Manfrotto 055XPROB Legs

...and the Settings:

  • AV Mode @ ISO100, f/22.0

The Post Processing Work flow for this shot went a little like this...
  • Imported the Canon RAW files directly into Photomatix3.2 64-bit Edition
  • Applied Tone-mapping (Detail Enhancer) with settings that made this shot look like pure awesome.
  • Processed and saved resultant image in a 16-bit *.Tif Format
  • Imported *.Tif into Lightroom
  • Applied the Auto-Tone and Punch Presets
  • Added a slight Vignette (-40)
  • Sharpening (+55) and noise reduction (+45)
  • Gradient filter to the sky, with -0.40 Exposure, +20 Contrast, +22 Saturation, +87 Clarity, and a slight green colour cast to counter-act the purple from the Cokin Filter
  • Gradient filter to the ground with -1.00 Exposure
  • Spot removal (because my Sensor is dusty as!)
  • Borders were added using the Mogrify Lightroom plugin, available here.

And that is what went into making that shot. Hopefully you've gained something from that.

We'll see you in the future with some more Videos!



  1. That was fantastic. And not just because of the accent (but that was a definite plus).

  2. Mate, Canon office will clean your sensor for $50. It was excelent. Drop off camera b4 noon for a two hour turn around.

    Canon Brisbane Service Centre
    18 Southgate Ave Cannon Hill QLD 4170
    Ph: 13 13 83 Fax: (07) 3909-5066

  3. Thanks for putting the effort into doing these videos and posts mate, hugely informative and also entertaining, bravo :D

  4. absolutely awesome guys! Thanks heaps!