Once again all I can say is thank you for the awards on my last few images, it really does mean a lot. I normally thank those personally (and will do soon) but I've had quite a few messages to catch up on.
This is a continuation on the Arrum Lillie project, again in the style of Mapplethorpe, similar composition to my recent POTW
, but with an added twist. This is from a converted IR camera (Nikon D80), no focus stacking this time, as I wanted a dreamlike effect, I set the aperture to F22 and delibrately took a creative decision (honestly I did) to introduce some diffraction - even on full frame I rarely use a smaller aperture than F13-F16.
Diffraction is, I believe what gives film based IR a dreamlike quality, not easy with converted cameras as they are too good (the sensor focal plane has been altered to account for the wavelength differences).
I tried to use flash but I couldn't get any real results to speak of, so resorted to natural light - from the right.
Anyway my thoughts.
Oh nearly forgot I added just a hint of Selenium toning, just to enhance the mood I was trying to evoke.
In many ways this is my favourite image of the 2, don't ask me why I'm not sure, but I guess maybe as Ive put my stamp on it as I've not seen IR used before in still lifes.
Tags: Still life
Black and white
Specialist and abstract
Flowers and plants
Close-up and macro
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