Roll up, roll up!
Joe makes a pretty good impression as a circus ringmaster at last week's Offshoot members' portrait evening.
A simple, but effective two light set up from Barry, with a main light in a soft box and a back light with red gel projecting onto a dark grey background.
A view from Carlingford harbour, looking across the lough to Co. Down.
950nm IR image, contrast and saturation bumped up a bit, then minimal cleaning in PSP, followed by the Wet Rocks filter and a virtual selenium tone in Nik Silver Efex
On an unseasonably bright and clear Christmas Day, Carlingford castle made a great subject in IR with a 950nm filter. For this one, I lay flat on my back and pointed the camera straight up.
It didn't have a lot of work, just bumping up the contrast and saturation in Olympus Viewer, then removing some stray pixels in PSP and applying the full contrast and structure filter in Nik Silver Efex, along with a virtual selenium tone and the usual brightening and sharpening.
Carlingford White Christmas
Carlingford castle and the hills across the harbour.
Autumn Colours at Mount Usher
This one didn't have a lot of work, but I found once again that the Nik Color Efex Glamour Glow filter works very well on autumn foliage, whatever it might have been intended for when it was developed. After that, I applied the fade correction, before the usual brightening and sharpening.
The light on the day was very variable, but it did reward the time spent hanging around, which is always perfectly pleasant at Mount Usher anyway. 🙂
Green, Amber, Red
Autumn colours across the Vartry River at Mount Usher
Huntington Castle looking suitably eerie for the season.
720nm IR image, processed through Nik Color Efex in PSP.
Wet Rocks filter, with the grain bumped up in an Ilford XP5 emulation and a subtle blue tone.
New Zealand Cordylines at Huntington Castle.
720nm IR image, some tinkering in Nik Silver Efex.
Lodge Park Pergola
A full spectrum visible + IR view along a walkway under the pergola at Lodge Park Garden, Straffan.
I'd taken a white balance from a nearby lawn, but here, the foliage comes in all shades from near white, though grey, to almost natural green.
Lodge Park Garden
One of the walkways in the garden at Lodge Park, next to the steam museum in Straffan.
850nm IR image, with just minimal tidying.
Full Fungal Warp Drive
Knocksink Woods go hyperspatial.
Just a Fuji 800X filter in Nik Color Efex, then some brightening and sharpening.
This one was taken while playing around with deliberate camera motion in Knocksink Woods. I found a whole host of these small mushrooms growing on an old log and started playing with the zoom and sweeping the camera over long exposures. Most of those images that worked ended up looking like flying saucers, but this one came out as a shoal of mushrooms swimming over a reef in a green sea.
It didn't have a lot of processing, just playing with the light gradation before importing it to PSP, then some cleaning and a subtle bokeh filter in Nik Color Efex.
Product of G. & J. Weir Ltd.
In the yard of the steam museum at Straffan
Assorted machinery resting in the yard outside the Steam Museum at Straffan
I didn't do a lot of work on this one, just playing around with the vintage film filters in Nik Color Efex.
The yard outside the Steam Museum at Straffan has a wonderful collection of odds and ends, bits and bobs and what can only be described as assorted junk.
I'm not sure what role this character played in a previous life, but he looks to be quite happy in his retirement. 🙂
Anuit in IR
My first infrared portrait.
I took this one with the 40-150 and a 720nm filter, while the sun was dipping to the horizon, but there was still enough natural light in near IR and the small amount of visible light that gets through a 720nm filter for a hand held portrait. Olympus's always superb image stabilisation helped enormously, allowing a handheld shot two stops longer than the usual rule of thumb.
IR really does give a fine skin complexion.
This didn't have much work at all. It's an all channel image, with just cropping, removal of a few hot pixels and then the usual sharpening and contrast adjustment, followed by a slight desaturation.
From this week's Offshoot summer outing in Dalkey.
Anuit was was very patient in an increasingly chilly evening and as the sun went down, a single light gave great separation from the ambient light.
Bride's Glen Viaduct
William Dargan's viaduct in Loughlinstown was originally built for the Harcourt Street to Bray line and might be brought back into use if and when the Luas green line is extended to Bray. For the moment, it remains as an isolated monument to the capabilities of Victorian railway engineers.
I tidied this up by removing an intrusive telephone line. I hope the good people of Loughlinstown will forgive me for cutting them off digitally. At least I didn't do so quite as dramatically as CIE did physically at the end of the 1950s. 😉
950nm infrared image, with some tidying in PSP and then the wet rocks filter and a virtual selenium tone in Nik Silver Efex
Old Kilternan Church
A full spectrum visible + IR image from the old church in Kilternan, Co. Dublin.
It's had the same basic process of a small fade correction, brightening and sharpening as the other full spectrum images in this series.
There's bit more about the old Kilternan church in the the very informative "Ireland In Ruins" blog.
Old Kilternan church is tucked slightly out of the way from the present day village, up a narrow lane with no footpath and precious little in the way of a verge. Fortunately, there isn't too much traffic and the walk is rewarded with a wonderfully peaceful little churchyard.
Infrared image with 950nm filter, with a hard full dynamic range in Nik Silver Efex and a virtual selenium tone.
Up The Churchyard Path
A full spectrum image in Old St. John the Baptist's churchard in Clontarf.
Once again, I took a white balance from the sunlit grass with no filter and shot from that. It's had very little work, apart from cropping to improve the composition, a small fade correction and the usual brightening and sharpening.
Old St John the Baptist, Clontarf
950nm IR filter, some tidying to remove lens flare, then the smooth full dynamic range filter in Nik Silver Efex.
Ghosts of a Past Audience
These heads have seen a lot in their time.
Sculptures in Cabinteely Park. This is another one from the Offshoot motion blur outing. This time, instead of sweeping smoothly, I moved the camera a few degrees to separate the sculptures, paused for a couple of seconds to get an image and then moved on again, continuing until the exposure was finished.
The solid granite heads end up making an oddly transient appearance against the deciduous, but relatively stable woods in the distance.
There wasn't a lot of processing for this one, just noise removal, sharpening and then playing with the nostalgic film filters in Nik Color Efex via PSP.
Audience courtesy of Agnes Conway
An oak, obviously. 🙂
Another image from last night's camera motion Offshoot outing, organised by Mary Hahn, this time zoomed and rotated simultaneously.
One from last night's camera motion Offshoot outing, organised by Mary Hahn.
I've shot flowers with a steadier hand and better definition (honestly, I have), but I love the colours. 🙂