Returning to my car in the dark after shooting the Mordialloc Pier, I couldn’t help but notice this brightly lit structure in the middle of the park nearby. I went over to find a rather ornate rotunda which led me to unpack my equipment and start shooting again.

Reviewing the images when I got home, however, I found myself thinking that everybody has seen photos of rotundas before… so I focused my post-processing efforts on a few photos that I took by getting up close and personal with tightly cropped views of certain aspects of the structure. This is the one that I liked the most: a golden staircase leading up to a black star!

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  1. Canon EOS 450D
  2. Canon EF-S 18-55mm IS @ 18mm
  3. 10 seconds @ f/8 (ISO100)
  4. Manfrotto 190XB tripod with 804RC2 head
  5. HDR generated from 5 exposures (0, +/-1ev, +/-2ev) using Photomatix Pro
  6. Corrections and enhancements applied using Photoshop CS4 with Topaz Adjust 4 and Imagenomic Noiseware Professional plug-ins

If you liked this image, you may also be interested in the following images, which were captured during the same shoot…


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  • Clive S
    Clive Sabout 4 years ago

    Wow. Awesome.

    Thank you for sharing your artwork with the Photomatix HDR Group!

  • Thanks, Clive… I love it when Topaz Adjust works :)

    – Jason Green

  • Polly x
    Polly xabout 4 years ago

  • Matthew Jones
    Matthew Jonesabout 4 years ago

    love the wide angle view!

  • Thanks, Matthew… this is something a bit different for me, so good to hear of others’ appreciation :)

    – Jason Green

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