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Three Go Mad in Fife (in Infra-red)


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Three Go Mad in Fife (in Infra-red)

10 Sep 2022 10:22AM   Views : 349 Unique : 244

This last week we have been in the Kingdom of Fife, and by we I mean me and Sue and sister-in-law Diane. Sadly, with Sue's brother Mark having passed away, four became three for this adventure. For the first batch of images from Fife I have selected a short walk I made up the hill from our holiday cottage, through the farm and then looking back down over the wider landscape. This was a second opportunity to experiment with the IR-converted Samsung GX20, which of course is a Pentax K20D with a different coat on. The lens was the SMC Pentax-FA 20-35mm f/4 zoom, giving a useful "35mm equivalent" field of view of 30-52.5mm. The end result depends on many things, but primarily how much of the invisible (to the eye) IR light there actually is. Also very relevant is the reflectivity of the subject to that light and the processing decided upon in Photoshop. Whichever way it turns out, it goes from the surreal to high contrast, punchy black and white, both effects that I like, so win-win!









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bornstupix2 6 131 1 France
12 Sep 2022 8:56AM
These are the first IR images I have looked at in detail that have come from a converted camera......up to now I have converted my IR in Adobe CC and accepted the results as being fine. A recent visit to an Easycash shop surprised me with the low value of my Nikon D700 so once I find a French company or a UK convertor who will post to France I will give it a try.......just one question .....have you tweaked the contrast in software or are they straight out the camera?.....the tonal range is superb......a great set......stuart
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12 Sep 2022 9:55AM
Thanks Stuart. I shot colour in the camera, so in Photoshop I converted to black and white and then adjusted Levels. A final sharpening and that's it.

One of the next steps will be to shoot black and white directly in the camera to see what happens. There are also a variety of image styles that could be experimented with. But to be honest what I have here is pretty much what I wanted, so I'm pleased with my purchase.

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