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Parliament House - 20141005 @ 06:02

An extended exposure pre-dawn "Blue Hour" photograph of the main entrance to Parliament House taken using my iPhone 5s mounted on a MeFoto DayTrip tripod using their SideKick360 mobile phone mount.


In the course of taking this photo, a pair of AFP police officers came over and struck up a pretty interesting conversation. They asked why I hadn't set up down the line of symmetry of the building (to the right of where this shot was taken from). My answer was that I wanted to have these metallic flagpoles in the shot. The discussion then ranged from iPhones through to medium format cameras, and the relative merits of digital and film photography. One of the officers told a delightful story of going to the War Memorial at around 2:00 am one morning to see the name of a relative scroll across the honour board, and nearly missing out on a photograph of the event when encountering various issues with the camera on his mobile phone. And just as I was packing up, a gaggle of well-equipped tourists appeared from the underground carpark to take the classic shots of the building at sunrise. Each had multiple cameras with great big lenses on straps around their necks. I nodded to them ... and slipped my "camera" (iPhone) back into the chest pocket on my jacket.


Capital Hill, ACT, Australia


iPhone 5s - Photograph taken with the camera on an iPhone 5s.

NightCap Pro - An image was acquired in Extended Exposure mode with an exposure time of approximately 30 seconds. App settings ... 5 second time delay. HQ JPEG output. Night mode on. Grain reduction on. ISO 320. Flash off. Focus locked.

Snapseed - Straightened (Rotated) image.

FrontView - Applied a trapezoidal crop to alter the apparent perspective.

Snapseed - Cropped to 16:9 format (3264 x 1836 pixels).

Handy Photo - Used the Retouch function to cover up the spots in a aircraft navigation light trail from the sky region.

Snapseed - Selective lighting adjustments applied to de-saturate the green color from the lights on the rampards. Structure and Ambience filters applied. Overall lighting adjustments carried out.

Pixlr Express Plus - Horizon and Soft dark vignettes added.

Handy Photo - Retouched some artifacts of the processing applied to the image.

Photoshop Express - Applied the Noise Reduction and Sharpening filters

Simply HDR HD - Added a trace of random noise ("grain") to alleviate the very

ExifEditor - EXIF data from the original photograph transferred to the final image.


(Filed as 201410??_iPadMiniRetina ??? NightCapPro-Snapseed-FrontView-HandyPhoto-PixlrExpressPlus-PhotoshopExpress-SimplyHDRHD-ExifEditor.JPG)

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Taken on October 5, 2014