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Lone tree in a pond

By drjskatre
Lone tree in a pond. Done with 830nm infrared filter.

Tags: Water Tree Infrared Monochrome Slow shutter Black and white Long exposure Dynamic range Zones


RLF Plus
10 18 4 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2019 7:54AM
Gorgeous scene.
IR works beautifully hereWink
drjskatre 11 8 India
17 Mar 2019 8:01AM
Thanks Rob for appreciation.
Techno Plus
12 5.5k 8 England
17 Mar 2019 8:43AM
This works very well imho......
drjskatre 11 8 India
17 Mar 2019 8:54AM
Thanks friend for comment
dudler Plus
17 1.3k 1698 England
17 Mar 2019 1:37PM
You've uploaded this for critique, so here goes...

The camera settings suggest a filter on a camera that has normal sensitivity, rather than having been adapted for IR work (you then need no filter, and can use normal exposure settings, which makes life much easier).

There's a degree of softness here - at f/5.6, I wonder if this could be the result of focus error, because lenses don't bring IR light to a focus in the same plane as visible light. Equally, it might be tripod movement, or even the result of wind moving large areas of foliage over the six-second exposure.

I rather like the layers in the picture - the foreground grass, the tree in the middle distance, and hills further away. I think that you may have applied quite a heavy vignette, and I'm not sure that works well - maybe a slightly tighter crop would be better... I'll give it a try.
drjskatre 11 8 India
17 Mar 2019 2:59PM
Thanks Dudler. Very useful review. Actually I have a IR converted camera with focus tweaked for IR. But here I have tried 10 stops ND filter to make the shutter slow. The shake you have mentioned is probably leaves moving with the wind. Canon 18-55 IS 2 is supposed to be sharpest at F5.6 at 18mm, therefore that aperture.
There is always some quality loss while processing an IR image, and makes processing kind of difficult. And yes, I have darkened the sky.
17 Mar 2019 3:07PM
I like this, I think it's a pretty effective piece of work for the most part, but in my opinion there's one problem... the left half of the picture and specifically that big wooded area. It isn't very interesting to look at, but nevertheless it's hard to ignore, and it's drawing attention away from the tree. If it was simpler, less busy, like the area to the right of the tree, I think it would work better. Others might see it differently.
I've done a square crop to focus attention on the tree. I've also cloned out an errant grass stalk from the foreground. See what you think.

drjskatre 11 8 India
17 Mar 2019 3:14PM
Thanks Alan to let me know what you think about this. And I liked the modification you have made too.
dudler Plus
17 1.3k 1698 England
17 Mar 2019 4:24PM
Ahhh... That explains a good deal - the converted camera with 10-stop ND.

banehawi Plus
16 2.3k 4163 Canada
17 Mar 2019 6:14PM
I like it.

The IS on that lens SHOULD turn off when its on a tripod, - but I would switch it off anyway, just in case.

I loaded a mod, - flipped horizontally, brighter highlights, darker blacks.


paulbroad 13 131 1289 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2019 7:53PM
I rather like this, strong impressive image with good composition. I use a 720nm filter on my Fuji bodies and can get reasonable results but as almost all IR images require sun, sky and vegetation - and long exposures with filters, they are almost always a touch soft unless here is no wind at all.

I never bother tuening stabilisation off on any of my Fuji lenses because I know it has no effect. I do turn it off on my Canon/Sigma lenses which are rather older.

drjskatre 11 8 India
18 Mar 2019 12:55AM
Thanks Paul and Willie. This is a mistake I perhaps made. I use 300mm 2.8 mk2 and 16 35 f4 IS a lot and always forget to turn the IS off. It looks like I forgot to do the same here as well, and 18-55 is certainly not as sophisticated as the bigger lenses. I liked the modification as well.

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