John Erve  

Chinese Pavilion on Stow Lake, San Francisco  by John Erve

August 2020 - Chinese Pavilion on Stow Lake, San Francisco

August 2020 - John Erve


About the Image(s)

This is one of my early IR images I took with an IR camera that I borrowed. It was on an overcast day and there was no direct light on the pavilion. I found it interesting how the foliage stood out and provided different textures. Processed with Nik Silver Effex.
IR Converted Nikon D5500; 720 nm filter. 1/200 sec. f/5.6 55mm, ISO 400. Tamron 18-200 mm lens.

11 comments posted

Gary Potts   Gary Potts
Hi John,

Welcome to our group! I'm sure you'll enjoy the experience, and we all learn something each time we submit. I know you've been in DD groups earlier...glad you are part of ours. I like this very much. The tone appears to be slightly cool, and I find it effective without a strong presence of the sun. I took your file and applied a simple LEVELS adjustment to get a white point and a black point. See if you like it better with a bit more 'punch'.   Posted: 08/01/2020 11:00:30
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John Erve   John Erve
Thank you Gary for your comments and yes, I think adjusting the levels such as you did makes it better by making it more alive.   Posted: 08/05/2020 21:58:39

Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk

Welcome. Our group always sees something a little different in the monthly submissions from your vision of the image. It will open your "aperture" the next time out.

I like your composition and the cool tone of your IR rendering.

Emil   Posted: 08/02/2020 10:00:32
John Erve   John Erve
Thank you Emil.   Posted: 08/05/2020 22:03:40

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
Welcome, John! Glad you finally made it in. This is a great group.

On your image, I might have cropped in a little closer, as the interest is in the gazebo, for me, and the foreground water. The trees have some nice silver tonalities, but I think as you shoot more in infrared, you'll find you get used to the light leaves effect, and find ways compositionally to make an image interesting.

Good use of overcast light, and I also like the cool tones.   Posted: 08/02/2020 13:31:56
John Erve   John Erve
Thanks Jack, I am happy to be in a another group with you.   Posted: 08/05/2020 22:06:03

Palli Gajree   Palli Gajree
Hi John
Welcome to our friendly group.
Your first image is very well depicted by way of IR treatment, although I like Gary's version which has a slight edge. The composition is fine as is. Well done!   Posted: 08/03/2020 03:00:02
John Erve   John Erve
Thank you, Palli.   Posted: 08/05/2020 22:04:19

Charles Walker   Charles Walker
Welcome John. This is a great group. Since joining it only a few months ago, I have learned a lot from these veteran photographers and artists.

My first attempts at IR were as frustrating as they were exciting. I discovered that some leaves and foliage respond differently than anticipated. Note in your image that some foliage glows while others does not (e.g., the foliage adjacent to the pavilion compared to the trees on the right side of the image). You used this effect nicely to highlight the pavilion. My only suggestion is for you to consider moving the pavilion from the center to a position slightly right of center.   Posted: 08/03/2020 21:33:57
John Erve   John Erve
Thank you Charles for your suggestion.   Posted: 08/05/2020 22:05:20

Melanie Hurwitz   Melanie Hurwitz
Hi John, So nice to have you join our group.
This is a great subject for IR. I do like the cool toning you have chosen. There is an overall sameness within the tones which is easily adjustable to create more contrast. I wonder if you would consider cropping to take the gazebo off center. After looking at your original, a little off the left would do the trick.   Posted: 08/08/2020 09:41:28


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