Debbie Perez  

The Sentry by Debbie Perez

August 2019 - The Sentry

August 2019 - Debbie Perez


About the Image(s)

The heat is way too much for me to be able to go out so I dug around in my old photos and thought this might have potential. Started the processing in LR and used my custom profile and IR Swap 4. This didn't look bad but it wasn't working for me. I have recently been playing with DXO's Photo Lab so I thought it might be useful. Had to convert the LR photo to a tiff output to get it into DXO. This piece of software features U-point technology similar to what is in Nik but I think is extremely powerful. I used it to bring out detail in the photo.

Because of the cloud reflections and being in shallow water, the lake looked extremely noisey to my eye so I knew I would need to do something to prevent it from being too distracting. I used the CLiR panel to do a fast colorization. To that I added AutoLevels, Magic Color Lab and the Advanced B&W. From there, I add a custom vignette and a little dodging and burning, which really made the tree pop. I still had what I considered to be too much distraction in the water. So for my final trick I added a black color overlay to dampen down those areas I didn't like. I like the B&W for this much better than any colors revisions I did. Question for all of you: I have a bit of something on the IR sensor, can it be cleaned like a normal camera sensor or would that damage the conversion? TIA!!

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11 comments posted

April Kao   April Kao
I'm lost with all the processing steps you did; but you're doing a great job of bringing out the textures and details, from your original to the finished image!   Posted: 08/08/2019 02:13:10
Debbie Perez   Debbie Perez
Thanks! I tried various things and threw away a lot of steps. CLiR allows for various colorizations which just didn't work for me BUT it did help get some strong contrast. It has so many things you could do, I just kept some pieces for this.   Posted: 08/11/2019 17:32:12

Helen Herbert   Helen Herbert
You've done a great job with this April, especially with CLiR. I am still fighting a bit with it and haven't touched the Magic Colour Lab section yet. What you have done has brought out a lot of detail and to me gives it an 'arty' feel. With regard to your 'dirty' sensor. Seemingly because there is no mirror the sensor is more exposed is prone to accumulating dirt. When changing lenses try and keep the camera face down to avoid dirt going in from above. I have recently purchased sensor cleaning stuff but have not used it yet. I will scan the leaflet and send it to Sharon. She could post it on the page.   Posted: 08/10/2019 06:06:20
Debbie Perez   Debbie Perez
I only work with some elements of CLiR. There are some combos that I just don't like and have no plans to use. I think there are certain pieces of CLiR that are for different spectrums that won't work with 720nm but that's okay. We all have a different tastes. I wet clean my regular cameras, it isn't hard but I was scared to death the first time. Didn't kill the camera so I guess I will attempt to clean the IR one of these days.   Posted: 08/11/2019 17:40:08

Julie Walker   Julie Walker
This is a beautiful image. I think by keeping it very simple you have made a strong composition. Your method of processing has also worked well as it places the emphasis on the tree just as you intended. There is also a wonderful feeling of space in the image, enhanced by the sky. Lovely.   Posted: 08/14/2019 09:38:46
Debbie Perez   Debbie Perez
Thank you! It wasn't any image that I processed initially so I'm happy I gave it a second chance.   Posted: 08/14/2019 16:54:12

Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
In my opinion this is a very nice, simple image. I love the way the lines radiate out from the tree. Your post processing is masterful as always. I wish Iived closer to you so you could teach me.
I can see this image as a large monochomre print. I recently purchased Hahnemuehle Photo Rag 308gsm. I'll be this would really pop on that paper.   Posted: 08/14/2019 10:13:57
Debbie Perez   Debbie Perez
Haven't used any Hahnemuehle papers. Let me know what you think when you do print with it. Wished you were closer, too. We would have a good time. Am doing Mark and Jamie's IR workshop and hoping my skill will improve as most of the time, I'm just interested in pushing a photo to see what I can extract but appreciate your kind comments!   Posted: 08/14/2019 16:58:37

Stuart Bacon   Stuart Bacon
You went through a lot to get to this final presentation. it was worth it. I like the scene of the solitary tree as the cloud formations and light on the water add to the mystique. My sole negative comment is that there is too much black at the base, especially on the left side. Showing the water, but toned down would help although I do realize what you were doing to "hide" the noise.   Posted: 08/15/2019 08:57:00
Debbie Perez   Debbie Perez
That dark area not only had noise but the way the plant below the surface appeared it made the area look very distorted. Might be able to lighten it with the overlay intact to keep it somewhat dark but maybe not as dark as it is now. Will give it a try, nothing ventured............
  Posted: 08/15/2019 10:52:07

Nelson Charette   Nelson Charette
Very nice. I like the light behind the tree. It draws your eyes into the subject.
Good use of processing, nice blacks, and whites
Seems to be a few hallows in the tree.   Posted: 08/22/2019 16:08:45