Henry Heerschap  

Crater Lake by Henry Heerschap

February 2021 - Crater Lake

February 2021 - Henry Heerschap


About the Image(s)

I've been working through my early IR images, mostly wincing, but occasionally coming up with something I still like. This was taken with my first converted DSLR, a Canon XT back in 2007. My wife and I were in SW Oregon and decided to take a detour up to Crater Lake National Park. I took a lot of conventional photos, but I remember being happiest with my IR work.
Processed with a custom profile in Lightroom, channel swap and color adjustments done in Photoshop.
Canon Rebel XT, converted by LifePixel with a 665nm filter, Canon 17-85mm lens, ISO 100, 17mm, f/8, 1/200 second. Shot handheld.

5 comments posted

Chan Garrett   Chan Garrett
Henry: This is a very good image with a great deal of interesting features.
When I decided to go back to IR after a much earlier experience, my interest was in B&W, therefore I chose a conversion with an 830nm filter which captures only the IR spectrum. This means I have no experience processing images with a combination of IR and visible (to the human eye) light spectrums. That being said I have the following question. Can the color of the trees be changed? I ask this because as I look at the image the very nice natural looking sky tends to draw my attention away from the main object. I am left wondering if a brighter, not natural color for the trees would help to balance the color weight at the middle and lower portion of the photo? The orange/brown seems a little drab. Never the less, an impressive image.   Posted: 02/06/2021 11:25:39
Henry Heerschap   Henry Heerschap
Thanks, Chan. I appreciate your thoughts. Most of my IR work over the years has been in monochrome, so it was interesting to go back to these early images and play with the colors. I certainly could have gone a different way, but I liked the play between the browns and oranges against the blue.
As it happens, I just had a new camera converted this last week - my first full-spectrum conversion. I ordered a array of filters to go with it, including an 830nm. I'm eager to see how it performs versus the 72nm conversions I've most done in recent years.   Posted: 02/06/2021 12:16:37
Chan Garrett   Chan Garrett
Enjoy your new camera. I will look forward to seeing some of your results.   Posted: 02/06/2021 13:53:52
Lisa Cuchara   Lisa Cuchara
Enjoy your new camera -- we are looking forward to seeing what you create!   Posted: 02/20/2021 08:04:24

Lisa Cuchara   Lisa Cuchara
Very glad to see that you are going back to older images. I have many images hiding out in my hard drive yet to see the light of day.

An Interesting scene that takes us from left to right and then right into the island. The sky adds a lot. I would darken the land in the bottom right as it draws the viewers eye from the island.   Posted: 02/20/2021 08:07:07


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