Photographer's Note

In my last shot I showed a view of Circular Quay looking north towards the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House, from the Cahill Bridge. You could see the crowd gathered along the pedestrian walk leading to the bridge. The crowds were here for the Australia Day festivities, though this can still be a busy area on any weekend.

In this shot I made it a little more personal and went down to ground zero. There didn’t seem to be any kind of flow to this group, everybody was going in different directions, so walking in it was like a salmon swimming up stream. It was a fun place to be even if you didn’t really have anywhere to go. It was very bright and sunny, as can be seen from the great contrast in highlight and shadow areas. I expect there were a few sunburns from this event.

Workshop for this post was as follows:
Shot was taken in Raw, with a jpeg for reference (34mm f8 1/125) – to take the shot over people’s heads I stood on a low brick wall that runs along the left side of the walk.
NEF file adjusted for exposure, shadow and vignetting
Cropped with perspective to minimize distortion
Adjusted levels – black points and white points on green and red – blue didn’t need it
Adjusted curves – S curve for contrast only
Added an overlay layer and dodged and burned with 5% opacity black and white brush
Added saturation layer +20 to master
Saved as a tiff
Resized, reduced noise on sky selection, added a layer, inversed selection, sharpened with USM, modified sharpening with a layer mask (25-75% opacity black brush), framed and saved as a jpeg

Photo Information
Viewed: 1986
Points: 20
Additional Photos by John Plumb (JPlumb) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 710 W: 158 N: 1008] (3159)
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