Gary Oehrle  

Meadow by Gary Oehrle

May 2020 - Meadow

May 2020 - Gary Oehrle


About the Image(s)

I use a Canon T5I with a Super Color IR (590nm) filter from LivePixel. My IR images are uploaded using the Canon EOS Utility and viewed in Canon's Digital Photo Professional 4. A custom white balance was set before shooting with a white card so the WB was not changed prior to converting to a 16 bit
.tif file. The image was loaded into Photoshop and a LivePixel Action " IR Adjust w/Channel Swap" was run. An initial crop was done to level the picture after which it as converted to Black and White (Image/Adjustment/Black and White) and the preset High Contract Red Filter applied. It was then saved from PS and reopened in Lightroom for more cropping and a vignette applied to highlight the area around and above dead spidery tree and also a graduated filter applied to the top of the image to lower the exposure along the top.

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5 comments posted

Chan Garrett   Chan Garrett
I am a real fan of IR B&W. This is a very good image. My one concern is that it is unbalanced tone wise. The right side of the image is mostly dark while the bright areas are on the left. I find that I have to force my eye to leave the left side and travel on to the right. I understand your problem. The position of the camera was such that you were photographing the tree to the left on its sun lit side, but the tree to the right was on its shade side. I do very much like the sky.   Posted: 05/11/2020 12:12:41
Gary Oehrle   Gary Oehrle
Chad; thanks for the feedback. I see the issue, perhaps I should have cropped off more of the right side to lessen the dark area. This moves the subject into the center off the left third which might also work.   Posted: 05/13/2020 12:05:54

Judy Murphy   Judy Murphy
The hook for me in this B&W image is the contrast between the dark limbs of the trees against their soft translucent leaves as well as the dark sky and the puffy clouds.

To make this more apparent I cropped off the tree to the right.   Posted: 05/26/2020 14:27:23
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Gary Oehrle   Gary Oehrle
Thanks for the feedback. Works for me and, I think, Chan as well.   Posted: 05/26/2020 16:10:40

Lisa Cuchara   Lisa Cuchara
Thank you for the detailed description -- helps us all learn!

I like the subject matter and actually like both your composition and Judy's square composition as well. Hers really makes that one cloud really pop out and become a focal point.

I like the contrast of the left side of the image. The right side seems flat to me.   Posted: 05/31/2020 12:00:56