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Shannon River at the University of Limerick.

By jholmes
Taken on an IR converted Nikon D80

Tags: Specialist and abstract Digitally manipulated Landscape and travel

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sherlob Plus
12 2.9k 129 United Kingdom
28 Aug 2012 6:01PM
I too am experimenting with IR - fascinating isn't it?

I like how you've framed this scene with foliage - its a technique that I have so far found to be really effective. In tis case the vertical on the right hand third is just causing a distraction - one to watch out for at time of exposure - as I suspect this could have been easily moved, but it will be a royal pain to edit. The choice of colour in this one is interesting, but to my eye it remains too warm in tone, and it could do with a touch more contrast. Did you apply any sharpening to the end result? I ask as the background looks a tad soft - which is surprising given the aperture you used.

Hope this is helpful,


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jholmes 10 8 Ireland
28 Aug 2012 7:00PM

Firstly thanks for the vote and secondly the feedback, its great to have. Its about a week from I got my D80 back from Protech and after struggling with a Cokin P007 filter, this is a whole new experience.

I this case, all I did was adjust the levels and did not swop channels and I did not sharpen the final image. I will rework the image along the lines and see what comes out.

Again thanks for taking the time.

sherlob Plus
12 2.9k 129 United Kingdom
28 Aug 2012 11:25PM

I've just started too - I have an old Fuji IS-1. It's a 9 megapixel bridge camera based on the Fuji 9500, but without the hot mirror. Currently I am using a strong IR filter so my colour swapping leaves a lot to be desired - but the mono is brilliant.

A few resources that may interest you:

One click beyond

Scott photographic's

I know of a few more too, but these cover the basics. So far I have worked out that shooting in RAW is preferable. Edit White Balance/Tint in RAW editor. Consider also making any exposure and 1st stage contrast adjustments. Import image to PS (or alternative editor) and colour swap if desired. Don't stick to an absolute value of 100% in each channel on the colour swap, but rather experiment.

What filter did you have fitted. A 720nm?


jholmes 10 8 Ireland
29 Aug 2012 8:21AM
Hello Adam,

Thanks for the links, I am also on FLICKER (HOLMES51). There are lots of IR groups and discussions forums there, these may be of value. Some of the images posted in the IR Groups, I find are inspirational and set me a target a need to achieve.

I use PSE 8, with a plugin channel mixer from Elements +, it cost something like $20 and between them it was a lot cheaper than full photoshop. I prefer putting the money into hardware rather than software!!!!.

The camera (a Nikon D80) has a 720nm filter fitted, it was fitted by PROTECH Photography in the UK, who were a pleasure to deal with. When I retired I got a D300s and the D80 was lying around unused and after 6 months of frustration with a Cokin P007 filter I gave up, bit the bullet and had the D80 converted and I have not looked back. No more 30 second exposures !!!!.

I have a long way to go but in the last couple of weeks I am begining to get something like the images I want.

sherlob Plus
12 2.9k 129 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2012 9:45AM
No worries John,

I haven't tried a 720 filter yet - I'm using a B&W920 - its intended more for IR mono work, but still its good fun. I can see that at some point I'll get fed up of the limitations of using a bridge camera for this sort of stuff - image quality means a great deal to me and my usual camera is a Canon 5D MkII. The images from the Fuji are ok, but noise is a problem - hence I find myself looking to emulate IR film by introducing a soft glow to the images - this I find covers a whole host of sins!

In regard to PS. Did you know that you can buy educational licences at a greatly discounted price? My version cost 150. To qualify you need to be involved in some sort of education (check for the types that qualify) - as either a student or a teacher.

I'll pop you into my fav's so I can watch out for you IR work.



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