365 Retrospective: 61-90

There were a number of experiments with new lenses and filters in the third month of my project. A dalliance with IR probably went on a little too long, but did produce my favourite shot from this period:

Textured-tree-IR

Taken with the Leica 25mm f/1.4 on my Olympus OM-D EM5 camera, which is just about the only lens I have that doesn’t produce ‘hot spots’ when used with the IR filter. I probably should have stopped with the IR at this point! Also a brief experiment with adding texture layers to an image.

365 Retrospective: 61-90

365 Project: Day 101

Day 101

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.]

365 Project: Day 101

365 Project: Day 85

IR-Tree-High-Key

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…]

365 Project: Day 85

365 Project: Day 74

Bluff-lighthouse-IR

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. :)]

365 Project: Day 74

365 Project: Day 69

Oatlands-Mill-IR

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!]

365 Project: Day 69

365 Project: Day 68

Tree-IR-Field

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.]

365 Project: Day 68

365 Project: Day 63

IR-shed-and-cloud

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!]

365 Project: Day 63

365 Project: Day 62

Textured-tree-IR

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…]

365 Project: Day 62