Jim Bodkin, APSA, PPSA  


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November 2021 - Jim Bodkin, APSA, PPSA


November 2021 - Jim Bodkin, APSA, PPSA

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About the Image(s)

We hit the Colorado Rockies at peak fall color season. We were rewarded with many beautiful images with bright yellow aspens and orange cottonwoods sprinkled along the slopes and ridge lines, however instead of converting a color image to black and white, I opted to use my Canon 40D body converted to Infrared (IR) by installing a 720nm filter. The original image is shades of red as shown, but by removing all of the saturation in Lightroom (or other editing tools), you are left with black and white image that can be manipulated for exposure, contrast, white/black points, sharpness, texture, etc.
In the Intermediate image I added a gradient filter to darken the sky and a slight vignette after adjusting overall tonality. For the Final image I went into Photoshop to remove a distracting fence on the bottom left and righthand edge and then ran it through Topaz Sharpen AI and DeNoise AI before reimporting back to Lightroom.

Captured with a modified Canon 40D body with Canon EF-S 17-85mm lens handheld at 1/2000 sec, f/8 and ISO 800.

Please tell me how can I improve the image.

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

Henry Heerschap   Henry Heerschap
Nice scene, Jim, and a great candidate for B&W IR. If I'd had my druthers, I would have had you tip the camera down a bit to minimize the sky and include more of the foreground. It might have also allowed you to keep the fence line as a leading line. Nevertheless, I really like the different tones among the trees that you were able to accomplish.   Posted: 11/04/2021 14:40:26
Jim Bodkin   Jim Bodkin
Thanks, Henry. I thought the foreground was too boring and took away interest from the subject, so I cropped most of it out, allowing only enough to indicate a base for the trees. Yes, I could have cropped the sky a little more and not lost much from the image.

  Posted: 11/04/2021 20:09:50

Jim Hagan   Jim Hagan
Great image, great conversion. My preference is for your original 2 image as I prefer less sky and the sky is more dramatic. I think I would clone out the fence in the bottom right corner.   Posted: 11/14/2021 19:53:55
Jim Bodkin   Jim Bodkin
Thanks, Jim. I did clone out the fence in the final. So if some of the sky was cropped out of the final, that would be your choice?
  Posted: 11/15/2021 09:54:08

Allen Tucker   Allen Tucker
As my eye moves left to right very little changes, bottom to top we find featureless grass, shapes and textures of the trees, background sky. Consider a vertical crop.   Posted: 11/16/2021 16:52:46
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Jim Bodkin   Jim Bodkin
Thanks, Allen. I never even considered that!! Great idea!!

  Posted: 11/17/2021 03:05:00