Lauren Heerschap  

Presidents in Blue by Lauren Heerschap

June 2021 - Presidents in Blue

About the Image(s)

I just recently had a camera converted to infrared, and I am taking a short class on the topic. We went on a road trip to South Dakota, and so here is an infrared version of Mt. Rushmore. I titled it , “Presidents in Blue”. After this year’s pandemic, it about summarizes my national feelings. I am finding that infrared will show the cracks and texture in stone much better.

Taken on a Olympus OMD Mark 2, converted by Life Pixel to infrared 590 filter (which allows for some color). I channel swapped the blue and red colors in Photoshop to return the sky to blue. I also used the sliders in Lightroom for color to tweak the blue in their faces. ISO 200, 40 mm, f 8.0, 1/125 sec.

6 comments posted

Karl Leck   Karl Leck
Hi Lauren, Great interpretation! At first I thought it was a fall picture in realistic color. Even though I'm very familiar with IR, I was initially fooled because I wasn't expecting IR! The color contrast between the trees and rock/sky makes the picture. The lighting is very good and IR helps define the rock texture as you noted. It's a beautiful image.
I purchased the Super Color and Super Blue filters from LifePixel and am also experimenting with color added IR as well as pure monochrome IR. More to come. Karl   Posted: 06/09/2021 09:46:23
Lauren Heerschap   Lauren Heerschap
I highly recommend an IR workshop online by Derrick Story. He has created a community of IR shooters, and a forum to post online photos of both monochrome and color IR. I have more to come of monochrome conversions too.   Posted: 06/13/2021 10:16:40

Sandra Irwin   Sandra Irwin
It's a great photo, to start, and I agree it shows the cracks in the rocks well. I like the composition and the demonstration of the lead up and trees before the presidents. I'd never seen that before. Were the trees really orange, or was that the IR? I found it intriguing to study.   Posted: 06/12/2021 23:45:06
Lauren Heerschap   Lauren Heerschap
The trees were not really orange. That is a result of the IR and processing.   Posted: 06/13/2021 10:17:28

Judith Lesnaw   Judith Lesnaw
Wonderful image! The facial features really do stand out here. The rust-colored trees look beautiful against the blue grey stone, and that powder blue sky is great. The image is very pleasing to view.   Posted: 06/14/2021 11:46:46

Freddie Kelvin   Freddie Kelvin
This is marvelous! The complementary colors and the composition are gripping. IR certainly worked to your advantage here.
Not sure about this, but I find the wispy cloud top right distracts a little from the Presidents'faces.   Posted: 06/15/2021 19:41:32


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