Lisa Cuchara  

bi-colored leaves IR by Lisa Cuchara

December 2019 - bi-colored leaves IR

December 2019 - Lisa Cuchara


About the Image(s)


Camera Model: OLYMPUS E-M1MarkII; Lens: OLYMPUS M.14-150mm F4.0-5.6 II; Focal length: 75mm; Focal length: 150mm (in 35mm film); Shutter speed: 1/250 sec; Aperture: 5.6; Exposure mode: Av; Exposure compensation: -2/3; Flash: Off; Metering mode: Multi-segment; ISO: 200

I set custom WB in camera and then edited the image in ACR to add contrast, set the black and white points, add a little clarity.

Infrared camera converted by LifePixel. My Olympus EM mark II camera was converted by LifePixel. I did a full spectrum conversion so that I can put a visible filter back on if I wanted to bring the IR as a backup camera. I then use one of these two filters, either of which I can also convert to BW. Filter Band:Hyper Color Infrared (470nm) and Filter Band:Super Color Infrared (590nm). Want more info? go to and then "start here"

This round’s discussion is now closed!
6 comments posted

Jeff Fleisher   Jeff Fleisher
I believe the contrast and the bright magenta leaf provide a nice focal point for the composition. I am not a fan of real heavy use of vignetting to darken the edges but it works well for this composition.   Posted: 12/13/2019 21:18:27
Lisa Cuchara   Lisa Cuchara
"I am not a fan of real heavy use of vignetting to darken the edges but it works well for this composition."

I agree in general, it does not often work, unless it does :-)

In this case the business of the scene permisses the vignette.   Posted: 12/26/2019 10:43:21

Judy Murphy   Judy Murphy
Your maple leaf in fall color and shot in IR created a rich deep monochromatic image of magenta colors.

The primary focus on the bi-color leaf is sharp and stands out and pulls it up above the other leaves helping make the image 3D.

To me the monocrhrome effect puts more emphasis on the tones, shapes, and texture of what I'm looking at. The vignette helps keep my eye in the scene, which I find quite busy.
  Posted: 12/14/2019 09:00:45

Jim Hagan   Jim Hagan
(Groups 11 & 18 & 78)
I like the composition of the leaves but am bothered by the very bright leaf in the exact middle of the photo. I would like to see the center less bright and the other leaves brighter. And, I would also like the background more blurred.   Posted: 12/17/2019 20:53:05
Lisa Cuchara   Lisa Cuchara
Thanks! I agree with avoiding bright centers in general, but it was indeed that bi-color leaf that stopped me in my tracks and called for me to take the IR camera out.

I will go into Topaz lens effects and see what I can do as far as blurring the background, good suggestion.   Posted: 12/26/2019 10:42:16
Lisa Cuchara   Lisa Cuchara
Here it is with some Topaz lens effect...   Posted: 12/26/2019 11:07:28
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