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Sydney 1

By MHNation
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I decided to go back and look at some of my shots from 09 in the hope I'd find something I liked yet hadn't noticed before. This is of a rather cool looking reflection on George Street, Sydney, Australia.

Also, Canon 450D's are great cameras. If you don't own one then you need to ask yourself why?
Image details
Image size
4272x2848px 7.03 MB
Make
Canon
Model
Canon EOS 450D
Shutter Speed
1/30 second
Aperture
F/8.0
Focal Length
24 mm
ISO Speed
100
Date Taken
Jan 2, 2009, 11:51:54 AM
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Heniek85's avatar
perfect work!!!!
MHNation's avatar
Thank you, this is the style of work that I enjoy the most.
Lata,
z-shanmei's avatar
Beautiful tone, with the brightness and vignette right on spot! :love:
MHNation's avatar
You're too kind. Architectural photography is my favourite and the style I do the most of so I can be picky with my shots that I put up because I have quite a few. Vignetting is something that's new to me (I add it in photoshop as opposed to stacking my filters) but I think I'll continue to do it.
Lata,
6-Nedward's avatar
I really like how you can see centrepoint tower in the windows, it gives it that sydney touch but the colours aswell look really good, did you edit this photo?
MHNation's avatar
Hey, yep I edited it. What I like about it is that it almost 'feels' like summer. Actually, it should because it was summer, but like you said it's got that awesome Sydney feel to it. I'll tell ya, that city is gold! when it comes to photography.
I'm glad you like it.
Lata,
CyMek's avatar
This is what I picture the future as looking like. I love the bright highlights and the silkiness with which the midtones and shadows blend. I could see this in a magazine- it's got that saturation and seductiveness of a commercial image, which the vignette really underscores.
MHNation's avatar
Word, I'm glad you pointed that out. I messed around with the vignetting for ages before I got it to where I wanted it. And the vibrancy and saturation had a lot to do with the vignetting too. I like it, but next time I go to Sydney I think I'll take my short lens. The city is one great big chest full of photographic gold!
CyMek's avatar
Vignetting is just such a useful too- it lets you introduce colour and tonal gradients all around the edge of the photo, and creates a 'frame' that is just as effective as any black border one might add in photoshop. I'm curious what your technique is though- I generally handpaint mine with a large brush.
MHNation's avatar
In Lightroom there is a function that allows you to put them in. Size, shape and darkness. Eh... Um, I mean, I spent years perfecting the stacking of filters and positioning my camera to, ummm, ah, to use the shadow of the lens hood. (Yes, that'll do...)
CyMek's avatar
Hahaha, yeah. I found that I can make them relatively easily with filter stacks, but that it actually looks better if you just shoot a good photo and then add the vignette later. Real vignetting (at least on a digital camera, produced by filters) is actually usually really unattractive.
MHNation's avatar
It's all about options. E.g. I like the idea of going and shooting a roll of black and white, but I've found it better to shoot color and then turn the shots into B&W in photoshop. Options. Better to add vignettes lata.
Lata,
CyMek's avatar
Also: more information in your file is always better, and colour is more information. I find that shooting in colour and converting to black/white looks better than just shooting b/w, and yields more control over tones and whatnot.
MHNation's avatar
For me (and every other neurophotographer) after studying how the eye works I've found that one of the more interesting features for making nice pictures in photoshop is the contrast bar. The single most important feature of good vision (assuming that the eyes and the brain work fine) is contrast. After experimenting with this theory it seems that you can turn a boring photo into an awesome photo just by manipulating the contrast.

But yes, the more information the better. Example: cropping your shot in the viewfinder instead of in photoshop.

Control is also good. Most of my photos don't look as good in BW as they do in color.

It's the illusion of choice. So many choices, but really only one way to do it if you want technically good images.
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FunkEx's avatar
simply luv it bro:)
MHNation's avatar
Thanks, as you can see I took it a long time ago and hadn't thought to post it before. Since I haven't had any time to go shooting I've been looking back at some of my old stuff and messing around with it in light room. This shot is from the same trip to Sydney as the train station photo I put up last year.
I'm glad you like it.
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