Shooting Infrared: Work-in-process
I am writing an article on infrared (IR) photography and the following is a piece from that article. Thanks for letting me share this here, as there have been questions previously on my IR process.
The image was taken last autumn in Elk Island National Park, located 35 km east of Edmonton, Alberta along the Yellowhead Highway.
It is a little trickier shooting IR in the fall as the colors are muted and earthier. The most reflective color and one best for IR photography is green.
I started with the IR image straight out of the camera (IR color modified D300)... image #1 below.
Next, I swapped the red and blue channels, which produced image #2
Then adjusting levels, curves, and exposure, produces the result in image #3.
A little post-processing work with an ND filter and beyond that, it is a matter of taste and creativity,
such as…. adding a border, image #4
If the itch to shoot IR gets too strong to ignore, the coming change of seasons to spring and then summer (northern hemisphere), when everything is blooming and green, is an excellent time to experience and experiment with infrared photography.
Thanks again for letting me share this work-in-progress here.