For a different look at color photography, try these shooting and processing tips using infrared digital capture
Text & Photography by Russell Hart
Cranes Feeding At Sunset, Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge The light was pretty warm already when I photographed these cranes eating the corn that’s fed to them in winter at New Mexico’s Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. Infrared turned the sky yellowish-orange, and that color is reﬂected in the marshy pools of the Rio Grande Valley. I took the photograph handheld, braced on the top of my car, with a Nikon 70-200mm ƒ/4 and 1.4x teleconverter. The lens was zoomed all the way in, giving me an effective focal length of 280mm that helped create the picture’s ﬂat, “compressed” appearance. I kept the shutter speed high enough (1/250 sec.) to reasonably freeze the redwinged blackbirds ﬂying in front of the mountains and stopped down to ƒ/13 to make sure everything was sharp from front to back.
The trees on the mountains, and, to a lesser extent, the brush surrounding the water, have the typical blue-green (cyan) color that digital infrared capture renders foliage. It was a little too blue for my taste, so I altered it in Photoshop to make it greener and therefore natural, though I didn’t take it all the way. Instead of using saturation sliders to do this, I went into the Selective Color control, increasing the yellow in the image’s blues and reducing magenta in the image’s greens, among a few other adjustments. Selective Color isn’t a control typically used much by photographers but is one I’ve found useful for subtle tweaking of color with infrared.
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“The clearest way into the Universe- is through a forest wilderness.” – John Muir And, here is another really good quote! “And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.” – Anonymous. Enjoy these soulful forest and field images.
Самодисциплина и познание Себя. Образ жизни определяет кто мы есть. Так получилось, что в начале своего жизненного пути я выбрал искусство. Сегодня я занимаюсь многими видами современного искусства, и организую вокруг себя людей.
No matter where we are nature is present. From the depths of a tropical rain forest to a small garden in the middle of a city, our life here is totally dependent its beautiful rhythms, seasons and fragile balance.
Aurora Over Sandvikholmen by Wojciech Kruczynski
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