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Some more IR experiments from Florida

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Trying to experiment with false color and IR in general. The colors feel like a real challenge to get something "tasteful". In the bush on the beach shot, I tried making the leaves white but then the shells on the bush were not discernible. 

 

 

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You haven't done that bad, have you? False-colour not only takes an acquired taste but also can be hellishly tricky to make come alive the way one wants. These days I frequently process the IR images through two different programs and merge later to get the 'look' I'm after.

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Yes, I feel like the tremendous number of options makes it very difficult to find the right balance of colors. I processed these in CS6 mostly and then in Lightroom some more. However, I am thinking of using Viveza because of the point controls. I am not the most expert at selections in CS6 and I think Viveza might make it easier. But no two photos really seem to process the same way and I bounce back and forth between controls inching toward the rough vision.

 

I hope to stay fairly steadily working on IR so I can internalize some of the processing and feel more intentional in doing it. I often see images I like but don't know how people post process to create them and while I've found some information here and elsewhere on the web, I don't feel like anyone has really addressed the post processing aspect comprehensively (which may just be impossible). I guess I'll just sit back and enjoy the experimentation!

 

Thanks for looking and commenting.

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As long as you seem to understand there are no "ready-made" recipes for IR (false) colour you are half way done .... Put efforts in your trial-and-error experiments and learn from them. This is the way we all have to go anyway.

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Agreed. Everyone has to pay their dues! I have been working to get the technical aspects down and am getting better material to start with. I guess "getting it right in the camera" applies to IR just as much if not more than other photography so that's what I am going to work on. 

 

Thanks for the advice!

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"I guess 'getting it right in the camera' applies to IR just as much if not more than other photography so that's what I am going to work on"

 

A good approach. Since I commenced working in the IR field without having the ability to see through a finder (no Liveview and filtration over lens not inside the camera), I trained my ability to compose and focus literally without actually viewing the subject. This habit is so still engrained I still on occasion just use any IR capable camera in this manner. A relaxed way of shooting IR and even today works well enough with anything normal to short focal length. I do make an exception for IR with long lenses though as critical focus in IR then requires Liveview (or accepting a near zero 'keepers rate').

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