Sunday, 26 January 2014

Some more Infra Red conversions

Having read up and practised infra red conversion techniques, I think these are a distinct improvement on my first efforts; I particularly like the shot of Anglesey Abbey, and the snowdrops look a bit more like they are alive rather than preserved in a jar of formalin!

A little agricultural

Whilst walking in Ashley near Market Harborough I saw what I thought might be an opportunity for a Camera Club competition - capture an image entitled "Spotted".  The pigs I'd seen proved to be piebald on closer inspection, but they were keen to have their photographs taken, so who was I to refuse!  Their eyelashes are most endearing, but they did insist in crowding up to the fence which separated us which was not ideal for portrait photography.  They are Kunekune pigs, a rare breed from New Zealand.  Also on the same farm was Damson, an English Longhorn who understood that getting too close was going to spoil her photo. the last two shots are Infra-red photos converted to monochrome.

Thursday, 23 January 2014

IR - a new toy!

Last week, when I was supposed to meet a friend for lunch, I discovered late that he couldn't make it. As a consequence I was left at my desk and in no time I had bought a second hand camera and arranged to have it converted to infra-red.  This doesn't mean that I can go out photographing foxes by night (!) - that requires an IR camera and an IR light source.  However it does enable us to see the infra red which is reflected by objects during the day. The most stunning thing is the amount of IR reflected by green plants - wherever there is grass, it looks as though there has been a sharp frost and trees seem snow-laden.  IR images are often viewed as monochrome, but colours (such as blue sky) may be rendered back into the image.  Some of the examples below show both a mono and colour rendition of the same image.

My new toy arrived yesterday, so naturally I've been out to play.