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. 🙂
Westport House in IR
This one was shot in a very welcome break in the weather, about an hour before sunset.
Processed through the full contrast and structure setting in Nik Silver Efex, with a cold selenium tone process, it just had basic brightening and sharpening after that.
A bit more about Westport House here.
And here's Kitty when the lights are on and you can see her. 😉
This is how the silhouette was supposed to come out, when the key light fired. It didn't have a lot of work done, just the Olympus soft focus art filer applied, then a modest treatment with the Nik Color Efex Glamour Glow and the usual tidying, sharpening and brightening in PSP.
Model: Kitty LeRoux
From Offshoot's recent studio evening.
Model: Bella Dama
Kitty in Silhouette
This one was entirely serendipitous. When Barry's main light didn't fire, I was left with just the coloured backlight giving this silhouette.
The light worked as expected for the next one, which I'll post shortly.
Model: Kitty LeRoux
From this week's Offshoot Portrait session, Jonnie Kilfeather looks moody.
Model: Jonnie Kilfeather
In the botanic gardens at Kilmacurragh
Olympus E-M5 with full spectrum IR conversion, white balance grabbed from sunlit grass and no filter.
Processed through Nik Color Efex photostyliser, using the copper toning filter.
White balance taken from sunlit grass on an Olympus OM-D E-M5 with full spectrum conversion, no IR filter and then minimal processing, mostly just sharpening and straightening.
Round Tower, Towered Over
The stump of the round tower at Rathmichael church, now almost lost among the trees and undergrowth.
950nm infrared gives plenty of contrast, particularly when there's strong lighting on the distant trees and a shaded foreground.
Angel in the Undergrowth
In old Rathmichael churchyard, this angel carved on the side face of a gravestone has been protected from the weather by the trees and undergrowth, but the ivy, while shielding it, simultaneously colonises anything it can find.
The churchyard of old Rathmichael Church in colour IR, with some very simple processing.
I started by grabbing a custom white balance from the sunlit grass, with no IR filter fitted, which gave the customary glowing white foliage, then shot the scene as it was, once again with no filter.
After that, the processing was fairly simple. I bumped up the contrast a notch and ran a high noise reduction filter in Olympus Viewer, since it was shot at the ISO 1000 that I've taken to using with the 950nm filter since late winter, when the light was duller.
Processing in PSP just involved using the small fade correction setting, then the customary sharpening and brightening with the smart photofix, which didn't receive any further correction.
All in all, it's a remarkably simple process, even if it might benefit from further refinement in the future.
A bit more about Rathmichael Churchyard here
I love the way the dandelions have survived all of this as their irrepressibly yellow selves, no matter how surreal their surroundings have become. You just can't keep a dandelion down. 🙂
Tully Church Colour IR
I'm starting to play around with colour processing IR images, but haven't really got the hang of it yet. Nevertheless, here's Tully Church looking a little unreal.
I'm looking forward to having brighter light, so I can reduce the ISO, but I suppose I didn't do too badly to get a comfortably handheld shot on a mostly cloudy early spring day, given that with the 950nm filter, there is effectively no visible light in this one.
This was also from the first session where I grabbed a white balance from the grass, rather than setting a colour temperature manually. I don't know how much difference that would have made, given the fairly uniform tones in this one, but I'm hoping it will make colour processing easier in the future, when I have a wider range of input colours.
950nm filter, custom white balance taken from the grass, then just playing with the RGB channel sliders on the original image.
Wells Cathedral from Vicars' Close. This was put through the yellowing filter in Nik Color Efex, the grain refined a bit and then just the usual sharpening and brightening with the smart photofix preset.
Another one from last weekend's infrared excursion to Kilgobbin Church, again with the 850nm filter.
This went through the Wet Rocks filter in Nik Silver Efex, then just a little tidying up.
First Kilgobbin IR
The first image I've posted from my full spectrum infrared converted Olympus EM5.
I've always loved infrared photographs and after spending a while playing around with using a 720nm Hoya filter on my regular E-620 SLR over the last three or four years, I finally got around to buying a converted camera, in my case an OM-D EM 5.
It's been a bit cold for photography recently, particularly since I've found the EM 5 to be very temperature sensitive and prone to locking up when it's frosty, but I finally took a trip out to Kilgobbin Church in south Dublin and started playing.
This had very little work done, just the dark sepia effect in Nik Silver Efex and then the smart Photofix in PSP.
Olympus OM-D E-M5, with full spectrum IR conversion and 850nm IR filter, white balance set manually to 2000K.
One from the latest Offshoot Shoot With Me project, Debbie's Macro Anatomy group.
When I first saw it on the back of the camera, I thought this resembled a gnarled tree root, so I processed it to bring out the effect I wanted.
It's not flattering lighting or post-processing for skin or body contours, but I thought it worked quite well.
I bumped up the contrast, burned in the shadows, then applied the Nik Color Efex bleach bypass filter, followed by playing around with the toning a bit more.
These cannons have rendered sterling service protecting Black Castle in Wicklow from marine invaders and stray balls from the golf club for over a century and a half.
Infrared image shot on an unconverted Olympus E-620 through a Hoya R72. Processing just involved setting the white balance to the lowest possible temperature of 2000K in Olympus master, then an all channel conversion to B+W in PSP, using the Nik Silver Efex high structure process, with a virtual green filter, followed by the usual brightening and sharpening.
I was very lucky with the weather, being able to shoot IR on an unconverted camera in late October and still use reasonably short exposures.
A memorial to those lost at sea off the Wicklow coast, made from the anchors of the Trifylia.
There's not much of this windmill left, apart from the very impressive masonry tower and it's stuck in a not very accessible place between Dundalk's docks and town centre, but if you take a walk into a quiet estate, it's possible to get this view.
This is almost as blue as Irish skies get, but we still manage to capture almost the full spectrum, with the help of the red maple on the left.
Ballymascanlon Crazy Golf Hole 11
For your next challenge, hit the ball through the trilithon and into the hole, without disturbing the pebbles on the top. 🙂
Wells Cathedral and Vicars' Close
Looking towards the cathedral, down Vicars' Close.
Lucy at this week's Offshoot portrait session in Killiney