The Ferris Wheel

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© Billy Wilson 2010

A long exposure of a moving ferris wheel.

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About the Photo
*Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS *Lens: EF-S 18-55mm ƒ/3.5-5.6 IS *Shutter Speed: 20.0 Sec. *Aperture Value: ƒ/22.0 *ISO: 100 *Focal Length: 18mm (28.8mm Equivalent in 35mm Film)

I shot this on a tripod, using a polarizing filter to make the sky a darker blue to contrast the bright lights, and a 2 Sec. selftimer. I like the diffraction stars created by the small aperture that I used.

I opened the RAW file in ACR and used a new preset I made to give an image a slight HDR feel by increasing the contrast and recovering the highlights and adding detail to the shadows. Pretty well it increases the fill light and recovery sliders, then compensates for lack of contrast by increasing the blacks. The detail is added by the clarity slider and the tone curve is manipulated to tune the global contrast of the image. Since I agressively increased the contrast of the image I decreased the saturation and increased the vibrance to compensate and tweaked each colour's hue to make them look the way I wanted.

I opened the RAW file in CS4 and blended it using luminousity blending mode with another layer that didn't have the ACR adjustments that I had done, I lowered the layer's opacity to control the HDR-like effects to the image and removed some of the annoying halos around the shadow areas. I used the patch tool to remove a large pole to the left of the frame and finished it off with the cloning tool. I cropped the bottom of the frame slightly to remove a boring portion of the image. At the end I saved a 16 bit TIFF file, converted to sRGB colourspace and saved as a JPEG to upload to the internet.

Large on Black Here!


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  1. vicaltam 105 months ago | reply

    wow, great pic, and thanks a lot for describing the process in order to get this wonderful shot....

  2. bassmandani 104 months ago | reply

    Wau!, vaya colores!. Congratulations!

  3. dagopaulor 104 months ago | reply

    Muito bommm em

  4. modelsarha 103 months ago | reply

    Awesome!! Reminds me that I still need to upload my stuff taken at the fair this last summer..Mine's not this good tho =o)

  5. uncovered toys [deleted] 102 months ago | reply

    beautiful! good job!

  6. Todina 102 months ago | reply

    The colors are fantastiic!!!

  7. mirandanathalia 102 months ago | reply

    this so beautifulllll

  8. alert tree [deleted] 101 months ago | reply

    like it .

  9. 101 months ago | reply

    thats so cool!
    would you mind checking out my flickr page? I am a beginner, so don't be to harsh ;). haha. I would love for you to leave a comment.

  10. David S. Millán 101 months ago | reply

    a like the way light create this awsome enviroment! GREAT PIC!

  11. krhuts 101 months ago | reply

    Wow. Simply, wow.

  12. ainara.irazabal 100 months ago | reply

    Excellent result!

  13. Nicolás Robles Fritz 97 months ago | reply

    Excelent shot
    i love the exposure

  14. debonair cherry [deleted] 94 months ago | reply

    Wow! awesome picture, beautiful colors!

  15. icy wing [deleted] 81 months ago | reply

    Inspirational stuff, top image!

  16. MJSAFC10 42 months ago | reply

    Beautiful image!

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