Don Crow  

Untitled by Don Crow

October 2019 - Untitled

About the Image(s)

This image was shot at the Oconaluftee farm in the Smokys, near Cherokee.
I have been playing around with IR for for a month or so and am trying to master processing it. I found that running the image through Photomatix as the first step opens up the shadows nicely. Without the Photomatix step the shadows under the porch went very dark. From there I swapped the red and blue channels in Photoshop then converted to B&W and added a sepia tone in Silver Efex.

Camera: Canon 60d converted to IR
Lens: 24-105mm at 45mm, f/8, 1/80sec, ISO 100, White balance set on green grass.

9 comments posted

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
Don, if you ever convert another camera, you can get all of those steps you mention out of the way, with a built in filter, like the 830nm, which renders a higher contrast black and white image. But as to this image, yes, good job on the shadows, and it's a nice composition. By being the brightest objects, the eye goes right to the bushes in the foreground, and the tonalities tend to be of less contrast from there. I would have preferred the background trees to be just a bit whiter.   Posted: 10/13/2019 17:46:05
Don Crow   Don Crow
I don't understand how a higher contrast image would improve the shadows.
We just returned form Zion and Death Valley. Great trip. Thanks for your input.   Posted: 10/18/2019 12:02:35

Albert Zabin   Albert Zabin
I really like IR and although I do't understand your processing, the picture shows you know what you are ding. I would brighten the high lights in the background leaves. If you have any picture below the bottom I would give the bushes a lttle more rom   Posted: 10/14/2019 17:58:05

John Erve   John Erve
I like the feel that you created with this image and sensed that it was not a normal image. The wooden house stands out nicely and you did a great job with the exposure. I appreciate the contrast in shapes that the four bushes add in the foreground. My only minor critique is that the one bush is cropped off which also removes the ground. Perhaps giving a little more room at the bottom, or, doing a crop higher up through this bush and the one immediately behind it. I am also becoming intrigued by IR and wonder if you also used a particular type of filter?
  Posted: 10/17/2019 17:33:22
Don Crow   Don Crow
I had my camera converted by LifePixel with a 720 nm filter. There is a learning curve with it but it's fun.   Posted: 10/18/2019 12:00:40

John Erve   John Erve
Thanks Don. My friend had used Kolari vision but it is good to know that LifePixel is another option.   Posted: 10/18/2019 13:06:41
Don Crow   Don Crow
I think with shipping etc it cost me almost $399 to have my camera converted and takes almost a month to get it back.   Posted: 10/18/2019 19:35:45

Jen Carrick   Jen Carrick
I have been intending to try IR so I appreciate the informative comments. The texture of the house is perfect. The little white bushes really stand our and have a life of their own. Intriguing image!   Posted: 10/18/2019 18:12:28
Don Crow   Don Crow
We are headed up to the Smoky Mountains next week and I plan to shoot some more IR so you may be seeing more.   Posted: 10/18/2019 19:36:48


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