Melanie Hurwitz  

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January 2020 - Melanie Hurwitz


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Still experimenting with IR color. As this looks so close to a color image I am wondering about the use of doing this. Your thoughts are of course appreciated.
I converted using the life pixel actions which I love as they save so much time and do a much better job than I can do on my own. Select color sliders were used to enhance and to naturalize colors. The yellows seems much too bright so I de-saturated them. As you will note I cropped substantially. I did try using detail extractor and lighten/darken in color efex, but the noise created was too great for De-noise to handle so I got rid of them. Looking forward to your comments.
Sony, F9, ISO 400, 70mm

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5 comments posted

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
It's probably a good way to work on the technique, Melanie, for when you want to use it selectively in an image, but other than that I'd have to agree with your second sentence, it's so close to a natural color image, that one might just as well use a non converted camera. But you're getting good at the technique, and I'm sure you'll find creative uses for it...   Posted: 01/03/2020 13:26:45

Gary Potts   Gary Potts
Bravo, I say! Keep experimenting with Color's a good challenge and a good goal. You will learn new techniques on your way to improving and making more images with impact. This one is simply too muted and pale for my liking, and you have said it's too much like a conventional capture that has been post-processed a bit to alter the colors.   Posted: 01/04/2020 08:10:52

Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk

Nice work. It is pretty cool that you can take an IR image and render it into what appears to be a photo taken with your color DSLR. The Life pixel actions must be powerful and I will look into them shortly. My feeling is for us to keep trying Color IR until we develop a style that is on a par with or BW work.

Emil   Posted: 01/04/2020 11:27:34

Charles Walker   Charles Walker
What a dilemma we have. While we can convert an IR image into something like a colored image (beautiful as it might be), we still have to be faithful the style of IR and its emerging colorized cousins. Like you Melanie, my first reaction was that this photograph too close to an image taken in the usual visual part of the electromagnetic spectrum. I've had some luck using color adjustment layers to keep some color but not expand the range of colors. You, again, have taken us into less charted waters.   Posted: 01/07/2020 20:29:55

Melanie Hurwitz   Melanie Hurwitz
Thank you all for the comments. I think we all agree that color IR is interesting, but staying true to our IR roots is more important. I still will present some color IR and hopefully it will be more to our tastes.   Posted: 01/15/2020 12:36:35