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#21 Akira

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 16:57

I generally prefer simpler stuff, but #5 and #20 are great exeptions.
"The eye is blind if the mind is absent." - Confucius

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 17:37

So many wonders, it is like opening a good book.
3, 9, 11 and 18 stand out for me.

It is so difficult for me to forsee what the outcome will be when I shoot IR... Here I believe it is not possible to produce these images without a clear idea in mind. Unless you are really lucky!

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 17:39

btw I also think this is the kind of thread we need to reinvigorate the activity in this great site, and especially in the invisible light section...
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Posted 12 January 2013 - 18:31

To elaborate further upon Andrea's comment:

The photographer's challenge is make believe or make dreams come true, whether or not they are for real. By deliberately breaking the linkage that connects our (limited) visual impression with what the camera records, we are already one step further in our endeavours. IR, or UV, is one out of many tools to such an end. We then understand, by learning or viewing, that we cannot expect the camera to create a facsimile of what our own perceptions tell us is "the truth". The next step of course is to reject the entire idea of the existence of such a objective truth in the first place, and from that point onwards, there are no limits other than our own imagination. Also, any failure is to be blamed on the photographer not the subject.

In practice, I simply trust my instincts and take whatever steps deemed to be required in order to arrive at the picture I see dancing in my mind. It's like running on an autopilot and the textual analysis emerges later, not first.
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Posted 12 January 2013 - 18:49

Bjørn,
This post has been an unexpected visual treat for the start of 2013..... it is also enjoyable and very helpful to hear your thoughts behind the images. Thank you!

I do have a better title for the thread though..... Top 101 Invisible Spectrum Images of 2012. :-)

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 19:11

We aren't quite done yet .... And sorry, the number 52 is fixed.

27. I spent a few day with my namesake (Bjørn Jørgensen, also NG member) exploring the island of Senja, Northern Norway, while we waited for the main event, that of the Venus Transit. Bjørn J knows the region as his own pockets so I was taken to the most desolated and exciting places imaginable.

We spent some time shooting at a churchyard located just off the highwater mark, with the North Atlantic Ocean as a backdrop. Needless to say the entire yard was weathered beyond description and of course a thrilling location for any kind of photography, visible or otherwise. The headstones with the poppy motif on them caught my attention, as well as the not too subtle play on the phrase "sleeping in the arms of Morpheus" (you extract morphine from that particular poppy species). I shot in IR with the 16/3.5 on the Panasonic GH-2. Also did the subject with the 15/4.5 Heliar on the GH-2, but despite the need for additional processing to straighten the rendered lines, the 16 Fisheye came out better.

27. Churchyard by the Sea
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28. I often visit a particular parking house downtown Oslo and kept noticing a vigourous Nightshade (Solanum dulcamara) adjacent to the entrance. One day I simple had to snap its picture while waiting to be admitted into the parking space. Fuji S3 with the AF 80 mm f/2.8 Nikkor.

28. Nightshades
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29. In the Joshua Tree National Park, this species is abundantly present although rarely a dominant component of the desert vegetation. I shot these two Joshua Trees with the 7.5 mm Fisheye on my D40X and it is a true UV capture. On this thread I'm showing the picture uncropped in contrast to the framing published elsewhere.

29. Joshua Trees
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30. One early morning at Borrego Springs, California, I woke up by a fierce sun shining straight through the heavy curtains and making the palm grove outside into a row of silhouettes. I grabbed the camera, D200 with 28-300 that was on the bedtable and shot this picture without leaving the bed for a second. The curtains acted as a grating filter to make the picture come out slightly alienated, for the better or worse.

30. Palm Sunrise
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Posted 13 January 2013 - 10:26

Still more to go ...

31.From a trip to Western Norway, I acquired this capture of Creeping Zinnias. This is of course not a plant native to Norway (or to Europe for that matter), but looks pretty in UV nevertheless. Panasonic GH-2 with the Coastal APO 60 mm f/4 lens, hand-held.

31. Zinnia flower heads
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32. One of the results from a traditional weekend hike together with my girl friend (going on a trip into nature in the weekend is one of the few traditions that defines Norwegian culture, by the way. Cannot be a true Norwegian unless you join force with such activity). A recent cutting field in the deep conifer forests had entered the stage of lush grass growth (from internal fertilisation by decomposition of biomass, so field must be 3-4 years of age). This was a lovely autumn day with vibrantly deep blue sky and since we were inland, I could crawl around in the grass without fear of ticks for a change. Fuji S3 and the 20 mm f/4 Nikkor.

32. Regrowth
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33. The Route 66 itself is more or less gone since nobody apparently cares for preserving such history marks. Unless you can make it into money later of course. From the small town of Williams, Arizona. D200 with Noct-Nikkor lens. Do note this picture has the traditional "click-white IR" white-balance which I normally try to avoid, but in this case it worked well enough so I let it be at that.

33. Route 66
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34. At the time for submitting another new contribution for the '12 Weekly Challenge at Nikongear, I foolishly had left my computer (with the Challenge contribution) at home and spent the weekend with my girl friend instead. Nice but no laptop at hand. So I excused myself and rushed into the woodland to find anything worthy of consideration for the Challenge. This is what I came up with. Fuji S3 and the Noct-Nikkor 58/1.2 lens. My backup laptop (stored at her place) allowed me rudimentary but sufficient processing of the file.

34. Broken but not done
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35. Borgund Stave Church (approx 1100 AD) is the best preserved of all Norwegian Stave Churches and as such, attracts massive interest by tourists. Even natives such as myself occasionally drop by (because one of the main roads crossing the central mountain range passes nearby). Perhaps we go and try deciphering the ancient rune inscriptions inside? Whatever your reason for visiting, the building itself is pretty impressive and well worth a few snapshots. Here I captured it with my Fuji S3 and the 35-135 Nikkor (a lens never known to be among the legendary Nikkors, but simply a marvellous performer for this kind of photography).

35. Legacy
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36.This is a patch of emerging wetlands on the Salton Sea (Imperial Valley, California). The lake levels continue to drop and fresh wetlands form all around the lake perimeter. Here a luxuriant stand of Reedmace or Cattail (Typha dominigensis) made a striking contrast to the nude sea floor covered with low, sprawling grass and rushes. D200 and the AFS 28-300 Nikkor.

36. Wetlands
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Posted 13 January 2013 - 12:41

The thread is drawing to a close, but we're not arrived there yet..


37. Andrea jumps around to relieve stress after a long drive. At Black Canyon, Arizona. D200 with the 16/3.5 Fisheye.

37. Jumping
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38. The daughter of a friend of my girl friend explores the coastal forest filled with, to her, huge brackens on the forest floor. I let the thought of the ever-present ticks subside and got down to ground level to capture her with the Fuji S3 and the 24/2.8 Nikkor.

38. Dream Forest
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39. Not only did this small town carry an unlikely name (Pahrump), it was festooned with signposts peddling every conceivable message. I spent a while capturing some of these subliminal messages. D200 with 28-300 Nikkor.

39. Sign of the Times
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40. Deep into a desolate valley in Western Norway, there is an art installation made up of huge mirrors reflecting the surrounding landscape. You navigate a winding narrow road and all of a sudden these mirrors appear around a sharp bend. Very efficient as a means of making you surprised but of course this only works the first time. I've visited the place several times and noticed on my last visits an increasing degree of dilapidation of the subject. Now, only one of the mirrors was intact. UV capture with a broad-spectrum D200, Olympus 35 mm f/2.8 PC lens and the Baader Venus filter.

40. Mirrors and Smoke
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41. Nothing like pressure brought to bear from ancient history to make you feel down and out. Religion is not my cup of tea and in fact I prefer coffee. The 1100 AD Borgund Stave Church served as a menacing backdrop. Fuji S3 with the 14-24 Nikkor.

41. Suppression
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42. Andrea and I were doing the mandatory drive down the Strip in Vegas when I spotted a big advertising truck ahead of us. So we chased that one instead until I decided I had got what I wanted. Even the Noct-Nikkor is problematic with IR at night-time when shooting from a bumpy car. Most of all I was fascinated by the number game played on the signpost. To complete the sequence, do a basic linear operation of the area code as well :)

42. True Sixty-Niners
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#29 Andrea B.

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 15:37

...the picture I see dancing in my mind.
...running on an autopilot
...textual analysis emerges later, not first.

Yes, this is what I've tried to describe before as "the Phototrance", a truly blessed state.
photographic nirvana? "-)

Pictures dancing in the mind - what a lovely phrase !

(#37 Actually I was practicing walking a balance beam on the curbing there. The jump occurs when one starts to fall off!)

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 14:21

43. On a late spring crossing from Eastern to Western Norway, I spent some time shooting patterns of vegetation and snowbeds at the tree line. The day was drawing to a close and only the last sun rays played over the snow-capped mountains some distance away. I availed myself of a really long lens and put a few craggy alpine spruce trees as a foreground to create depth and contrast. This is one of my personal UV favourites and it also has been published a number of times.

43. Mountain Dusk. (Nikon D40X (UV), 1000 mm f/11 Reflex-Nikkor)
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44. I avoided the deadly terror attack and bomb blast downtown Oslo (22.7.2011) just by a stroke of good luck. The bomb site was in fact precisely where I should have been at the time of the blast, hadn't it been for the rain and a tempting TV rerun of German crime series "Derrick" that made me stay home in the last minute. Ordinary I visit downtown shops Friday afternoons and walk through the Government quarter. Now, I had my windows nearly shattered by the explosion instead.

More than 1 year later, the trial against the terrorist had been finished and most of the area was again opened for public access. Thus, I resumed my habitual walking route, here I am outside the Department of Finances (in Norway, synonymous with 'oil' by the way). A stand of Hostias had started withering and thus made a good subject for my IR camera.

44. All things must pass. (Nikon D200 (IR), 24 mm f/2 Nikkor)
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45. The lesser spoken about Vegas the better. The city was horrible. I found it for once very difficult to shoot anything worth while during the short stay Andrea and I had there. But of course the city had colours, if you looked specifically for them.

45. Vegas Go-Go (Nikon D200, 28-300 Nikkor)
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46. I'm always looking for repetetive patterns no matter what created them. So traffic signs are always a reason for starting to scrutinise the surroundings. Here I did a test drive of my newly acquired D3200 camera modified for UV-only use. The hoar-frosted sign and a nearby church spire made the perfect combination, so I shot it and even hand-held managed to get adequate picture quality. Good on me.

46.Repetitions.
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Posted 15 January 2013 - 14:31

By the way, how did you decide on "52" images? Is that because a year has 52 weeks?

Edited by Akira, 15 January 2013 - 14:32 .

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 14:36

Yes.
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Posted 15 January 2013 - 15:59

Thank you so much Bjørn ...
Never mind the words ... just hum along and keep on going...

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 16:59

47. Sand buggies carve their tyre tracks into the huge sand dunes of Dumont. Mohave Desert. These beautiful dunes are not considered unique enough to let them be protected from impact of man. A pity, but this does provide a photogenic subject.

47. Dumont dunes (Nikon D200, 28-300 AFS)
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48. I went into the deep forests on the Norwegian-Swedish border to follow the War Refugee Trail from WW II. Weather was bitter cold, down below -20 C, and gusting winds didn't make me feel any better. Still, such was the setting of the scene when my late father fled German-occupied Norway to become a wartime refugee in Sweden 70 years ago. There, he met my mother and thus I, in due time, progressed from a cosmic improbability to a reality. About time to go back to the roots as it were.

A tall freestanding pine on the trail caught my attention and became my subject of the day.

48. Tall Pine in Winter Forest (Nikon D40X [IR], Nikon SE 50 mm f/1.8 lens)
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Posted 15 January 2013 - 17:28

49. While driving a car, I always have a side look to catch glimpses of potential motifs. Anything of interest and I'll pull over immediately. In this case, by yelling "Stop" to a perplexed Andrea who was the designated driver.

My American friends take a liking to the text on the sign, I for one am fascinated by the arrival of the huge spaceship. So we are all pleased by the outcome.

49. Challengers Arrival (Nikon D200, 28-300 AFS)
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50. A heavily polluted hyporrheic drying-up lake, smoke stacks on geothermal power plants, dead trees, migrating birds, mudflats with entrapped dead fish, a low afternoon sun - what more can you want? No need to think of anything else than jumping straight into the mud to capture the scenery. Salton Sea (Imperial Valley, California) is this beautiful spot on Earth. Fish is tilapia or so I'm told.

50. Fish for Sale (Nikon D200, 28-300 AFS)
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Posted 15 January 2013 - 18:29

The guys driving the spaceship in #49 probably mistook the sign as marking an IHOP !!!

For non-Yanks, IHOP stands for International House of Pancakes, a breakfast chain.
"IHOP" has become kind of a low-level slang-meme in the US.

This is currently my favorite of all Bjørnian fotos.

*****

I swear that cloud followed us for the rest of the day.
I am not making this up as I have it in several later fotos made miles away.
We were being stalked.

*****

Let chaos storm!
Let cloud shapes swarm!
I wait for form.

"Pertinax" by Robert Frost


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Posted 15 January 2013 - 21:01

At last, the final two pieces of the parade.

Why 52 images? Because the year has 52 weeks. One each months would be 12 and that is too few. With 2012 being a leap year, one for each day would be 366 and that's simply a few hundreds too many as one gets lost in the maze. So 52 is a good compromise.

Anyway, without further ado, here they are.

51. A foray into the deep forest along the Norwegian-Swedish border netted me this image. I came across a small forest lake hidden far away from rany emnants of civilisation. Its frozen surface was criss-crossed with lines, either from skiers earlier in the winter season or ice break-up, or probably both. Weather had unstable for many weeks at that time going from very mild, just above the freezing point, to way below, dipping into the sub -20 C range. The cycles of thaw and frost would erode any tracks on the lake surface. Whatever the underlying explanation for their formation, I found the patterns interesting and spent some time documenting them. A long lens helped since I had to be fairly high up in order to get a good overview of the scene..

51. Winter Lake (Nikon D40X, 200 mm f/3.5 Nikkor ED-IF)
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52. I've driven by this industrial estate hundreds of times as it is on the return path for my trips going eastward of Oslo proper. The shape of the facade is great stuff, but I always thought something was missing so never bothered to stop for a shoot. Well, not entirely true, as I did a shoot there a winter morning a fews years ago, but then the lens was directed towards the snow pack along the road outside. So no pictures of the buildings themselves had been acquired over a period of 20 years or more..

On the return leg of this trip, I reacted by instinct and pulled over straight into the perfect spot. Then, rushed out with the nearest camera, which happened to be the Fuji and the humble 35-105, and got the shot without even thinking how or why. It just had to be, so be it.

Probably one of the best IR pictures I've done so far. Patience pays off.

52. Industrial Relief (Fuji S3 Pro, AF Nikkor 35-105 mm f/3.5-4.5)
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(the chair was put there by the staff so they had a retreat for their smoking breaks. Smoking is not good for your health but might help the photographer)


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Posted 15 January 2013 - 21:07

What can I say Bjørn....apart from what an inspiration this is!
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Posted 15 January 2013 - 21:19

Worth preserving as Sticky...
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Posted 16 January 2013 - 04:09

Thanks Bjørn, this thread has been really inspirational and a light point to take along for me during some busy times!
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