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The Furnace

By glennk68
This is an old blast furnace chimney left standing at Sydneys Cockatoo Island after is ceased ship building shortley after world War 2. I was trying to convey the shear height of the chimney stack in this shot. Taken on a Canon EOS 400D in full manual mode. Lens is a 17-85mm fitted with a polarising filter and a focal length of 22mm. Shutter speed of 1/125th and aperture of f7.1 along with an ISO of 100. As with everything I have downloaded here it is as came from the camera with post production used as I'm still wanting to get the best from the camera first. Any thoughts or tips would be appreciated.

Tags: Architecture Landscape and travel

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Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
28 May 2011 11:50PM
Hi Glenn,

This is a little underexposed which is easily fixed as is my biggest gripe which is the inclusion of the slanting roof (?) at the bottom. Also it needs straightening slightly but as it's straight from the camera and considering you must have been bent over backwards to get it, that's hardly surprising!
I've uploaded a mod. in which I've had a go at the above and since I was using Picasa (I think Picasa's straightening tool is the best out there), I used one or two of their tweaks. So, no Photoshop here then!
Apart from the straightening, I increased the highlights and "warmified" it. Now, there's a word to conjure with. I guess it equates to "vibrance" in PS. And I also sharpened it
All very basic stuff, stuff which would be pretty much par for the course in post work on almost any shot and certainly not an indication that you're doing anything wrong.

Hope this helps.


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JPatrickM 11 2 United Kingdom
29 May 2011 12:41AM
I too thought it was a little dark, and couldn't resist the invitation to upload a mod. (using Paintshop pro). Apart from 1.4 degrees of rotation, I added a little lightening to the shadows, and dialled in a little extra saturation (too much, it turns out after uploading).
Basically, your version is a good shot, The thumbnail prompted me to look at it, for a start ! And it does what you intende very well --- i.e. emphasise the height of the chimney.
Now you have two different treatments to consider. Have fun !
paulbroad 10 123 1250 United Kingdom
29 May 2011 7:43AM
An interesting viewpoint. Your image is lacking in tone due amost certainly to under exposure. This can be corrected easily in software, but did you remember to allow the 1 to 1.5 stops extra exposure needed when using a polariser. If you rotated the polariser after taking an exposure reading, the exposure will probably change.

The simple answer, with digital, is to look at the LCD after shooting, and the Histogram. They will tell you if you need to adjust. Plenty of time here to correct exposue and shoot again.


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