Day 342. The tree stands alone, with only its reflection for company…
Day 101. I’m on the wrong side of the world to give you a white Christmas, at least in the visible spectrum of light… so here, have a white infrared Christmas instead!
[As usual, OM-D and the Leica 25mm f/1.4 fitted with a Hoya R72 IR filter. Processed in LR4, and then finished off using Perfect Effects 4 to add the texture layers.]
Day 85… is there any such thing as too much white space? Let’s find out…
[Incidentally, this started life as an IR shot, converted to black and white. A fluke accident with one of the sliders in Lightroom 4 planted a seed, and this is the tree that grew from it! Sometimes it’s great when shots work out exactly as you saw them in your head… other times, it’s great when they turn out completely differently…]
Day 78. Got up extra early this morning to shoot in the golden hour… not something I’ve done much this year, although I used to do this all the time. Nice, if a little strange, to have the town to myself…
[You watch in, and wonder who is watching out… is anyone there?]
Day 74. Another lighthouse day! Another infrared day! Maybe I need some new ideas!
[I think I’ve said it all above! This is indeed another shot of the lighthouse from Day 65 & 67, but this time in infrared. I was talking to Sharon about IR the other day, suggesting that I’m starting to get a better idea about how it might work, and that I think it works best in situations where you have strong objects, and good skies. Like lighthouses, perhaps. This was the OM-D, and from memory, the 25mm f/1.4. Either that or the 14mm f/2.5. Pretty sure it was the former. I could check the EXIF of course, but not just now. :)]
Day 69. Another IR shot – sorry about that, but with all the sunny weather we’ve had of late, it’s so tempting to keep shooting these!
[This one is from a little town called Oatlands… this mill is still in operation. Nice little town, with lots of interesting places to take photos. Shame I was there for work and had only limited time to shoot! OM-D, and the Panasonic Leica 25mm – oh, you know it all by now!]
So on Day 68, it’s simple mathematics… take Day 57, add Day 62, and multiply by a couple of texture layers… bingo!
[Actually I’m not sure I have anything to add in parentheses for once – it really is what it says above. This was one of a series of shots where I have returned to an old photo-taking technique, namely packing my camera gear in a backpack, getting on my scooter, and going for a ride in the hills. I like this because I can stop wherever I like – no need for a wide verge to pull over onto. Anyway, OM-D, Panasonic Leica 25mm f/1.4, R72 infrared filter.]
Day 63. The sun is shining, and it’s a glorious afternoon. It’s warm, but not hot… sunny, but not too bright. Good photo weather! Hardly a cloud in the sky… except for this one perhaps. How is the weather where you are?
[So this was another infrared shot, with the OM-D and the Panasonic Leica 25mm f/1.4. A beautiful bright blue sky = beautiful dark sky in the IR world! Incidentally, I’ve featured almost this exact location before, back on Day 16. Seems so long ago!]
Day 62… we’ve had so much colour on here lately! Greens, blues, even some yellow a few days ago! That’s more than enough of that… back to the monochromatic I say!
[I have been keeping an eye on this tree for some time… I like it. I’ve tried shots of it before, but it’s just never quite been how I see it in my head. This is the closest so far. The R72 filter really helped – and for the first time in a long time, there’s some photoshoppery on this one too… a couple of texture overlays, or underlays I suppose, to give it a little extra something. Your thoughts? Successful, or too much? Or not enough? OM-D, Panasonic Leica 25mm f/1.4. Handheld infrared shot, lightly toned in Lightroom. Incidentally, this is my favourite since Day 57, and both are infrared shots… coincidence? Maybe…]
Day 57… a few interesting shots from an afternoon of scooter riding… this here is my favourite one.
[Continuing to refine the methodology I began to organise yesterday for my IR shots, using the OM-D in monotone mode, etc… I actually really like this shot. This was a bit of a blast from the past too, in the sense that in preparing for an exhibition I had a couple of years ago, I spent many afternoons and evenings riding my scooter around the back roads around where I live… I’m lucky in that I live about 2 minutes away from the ocean, and about 10 minutes away from the greenest, most gorgeous rolling hills around. I really like this shot… one of my favourites so far I think. For me it’s a good example of bringing something of my more usual compositional style to the IR genre… gives me lots of new ideas! Oh, it’s the OM-D and the Panasonic Leica 25mm f/1.4. Again.]