We took the kids to a BBQ at a friend's house over the weekend, and while I didn't have a great deal of time for photography I did get four shots that I'll be blogging: this one, and three portraits.

If you're interested, I've also posted some unedited shots on Facebook, including five shots of Tegan (our 8 month old) sitting on the motorbike featured in this image.

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=194054&id=624795302

I've also used this image as this week's Mini-PSD as I thought the processing was quite interesting. If you've taken a look at the original you'll see that it was a lot darker than the final version. Normally, I probably wouldn't have underexposed quite this drastically, but the problem with increasing the exposure from the outset was that I would have blown a lot of the detail in the chrome-work and the headlamp. So, I underexposed the original and then used seven masked curves to brighten the image without compromising too much of the detail in the brightest areas of the image. I also used Topaz Detail to bring out a bit more of the fine scale detail in the headlamp.

captured
camera
lens
focal length
aperture
shutter speed
shooting mode
exposure bias
metering mode
ISO
flash
image quality
RAW converter
plugins (etc)
cropped?
6.19pm on 17/7/10
Canon 5D Mark II
EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
200mm
f/2.8
1/320
aperture priority
-1/3
evaluative
100
no
RAW
ACR
Topaz Detail
minor transformation
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