Ernie Brana  

Everglades by Ernie Brana

December 2019 - Everglades

December 2019 - Ernie Brana


About the Image(s)

Converted Sony A7 to 850nm by KolariVision 55mm f1.8 Lens | f2.8 | ISO 100 | 1/20sec
This image was taken near Clyde Butcher’s place in Big Cypress National Preserve earlier this year. In the image I was able to capture a fairly sized alligator floating by in the water. The top part of the image is pretty busy with reflections from the tree canopy and filtered sun. I was not sure how the alligator would come out in an infrared image, now I know. Was able to capture the alligator’s skin texture pretty well but was not able to burn parts on the alligator’s back and snout that were getting direct sunlight. Image processed in Adobe RAW, PhotoShop, Nik Color Effects, and Nik Silver Effects. Final image cropped a bit of the top given that are was too busy with reflections. Welcome any feedback. Cheers!

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10 comments posted

Gary Potts   Gary Potts
Hi Ernie,

Firstly...TOP MARKS for seeing this and taking it in IR! What a moody image. The one thing bothering my eye was all the mottled water in the upper half of the frame and all the jet black in the lower half...didn't seem quite balanced to me. I took the image and used a combination of Content Aware Fill along with simple cloning to add some of those reflections into that black foreground. It is CRUDELY done for purposes of could be much more elegantly done. After that, I used Color Efex Pro to add a black vignette to emphasize the back of the 'gator. What do you think of the alternate view?   Posted: 12/06/2019 12:47:05
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Ernie Brana   Ernie Brana
Hi Gary, thank you for the feedback and processing ideas. I do like how the cloning made the gator pop out! Will have to play with this image some more.   Posted: 12/19/2019 09:14:04

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
Very interesting image, Ernie, well laid out with him entering the frame from lower left corner. I agree with Gary's comments and edit, I think that makes it all the more effective, we'll done!   Posted: 12/10/2019 01:00:50
Ernie Brana   Ernie Brana
Thank you Jack, need to go a revisit this spot during the winter, hopefully there will be less bugs biting. Cheers!   Posted: 12/19/2019 09:15:15

Charles Walker   Charles Walker
I like that you picked a critter as a subject of an IR photo. What at first seems to be a critique, the camouflage of the gator, is indeed an asset. Suddenly the gator appears, just like it might have had the viewer been standing next to it. I like the dark tones in this image and many of the other images you have shared with us.   Posted: 12/11/2019 20:25:26
Ernie Brana   Ernie Brana
Thank you Charles, you have no idea how right you are. This gator did just appear in the water. My IR images tend to have the dark tones I think because of the IR filter I went with in this camera. Cheers!
  Posted: 12/19/2019 09:18:28

Melanie Hurwitz   Melanie Hurwitz
Great Capture Ernie! The texture on the back and tail is awesome. I do think that you have lost something in the conversion. The head is separated from the background in the original but seems to share the same tones in you presentation. I would try to darken the head a little.
Even so, it does emerge well when looking at it. Fine IR subject.
  Posted: 12/15/2019 11:23:10
Ernie Brana   Ernie Brana
Hi Melanie, thank you for the feedback. Need to work and apply the various processing points to see if I can improve the image further. Cheers!
  Posted: 12/19/2019 09:20:24

Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk
Ernie, Nice outcome wrt alligator's image quality in IR. I like the contrast between the dark water and the dappled light area at the top of the frame and wanted to retain the look but with a mod. I exported your image to LR and used the linear gradient filter to darken that part of your image so it didn't compete with the animal. I then used the radial filter on the alligators' head and body and lightened him up so it stands out against the dappled water.

Emil   Posted: 12/17/2019 12:53:54
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Ernie Brana   Ernie Brana
Hi Emil, thank you for your input. Need to learn a little more on the use of radial filters. I don't work enough in LR, need to spend some more time using is for processing. Cheers!   Posted: 12/19/2019 09:22:30