Manassas Battlefield in Infrared Super Blue!

Several months ago I sent in a Canon Rebel T1i to Life Pixel to do a permanent infrared conversion.  The conversion process removes the existing hot mirror filter over the sensor, which blocks out most IR light, and replaces it with a filter that blocks most or all visibible light and allows IR light to pass through.  I had them install a super blue filter, which allows some light in the blue spectrum to pass through.  As a result, when rendered in a jpeg form, the camera depicts skies as blue and foilage as a yellowish gold.  From there, you can adjust these colors with saturation layers in photoshop.  If you desaturate for a certain color (ie yellows or blues individually) you can turn part of all of the image to a standard black and white IR image which is the most common thing you ususally see.  I also had Life Pixel adjust the focus to their universal option.  Essentially, this option works for all lens, but I have to use a tripod and the live view screen to do my focusing manually.  Since I mainly shoot landscapes with IR, this set up works well for me.

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Last weekend, we had a fantastic break from the cold of winter.  So on this warm day in February, I took a walk in the Manassas Battlefield National Park with my IR camera.  While there were not many clouds in the sky, which would have really added another great dimension to the shooting conditions, the afternoon sun was creating a nice warm shadowed effect.  This shot is of the country lane that approached the old Robison Farm, which was owned by a freed slave at the time of the first battle of Manassas in the Civil War.

A Day in Canyon X

I went out with Charly Moore, owner and guide of Overland Canyon Tours, for an exciting day of photography in Canyon X, that was nothing but sheer photobug joy!  Canyon X is part of the Antelope Canyon area, but is far from the overwhelming crowds that visit the Upper Antelope Canyon that is so famous now for photography.  On this particular day, I was the only person signed up for this particular tour, and I was eternally grateful that Charly still elected to take me out solo.  So off we went in his built up Jeep Wrangler, for a one on one session in Canyon X, where we had the whole place to ourselves for the day.  Luck was with me, as it turns out June is a good month to visit Canyon X, as you get to shoot both light beams (which only happen in this particular Canyon in June), as well as the abstract shapes of the canyon walls in the changing reflected light as the morning turned to afternoon.

Charly appears to be nothing short of a master photographer, and thankfully he was very willing to share and instruct me on the best practices for shooting in these challenging conditions.  Using his local knowledge and technical guidance, I took home some good captures that day that I knew would be fun to work on when I got back home.  I must say, it was a fun, but somewhat mindblowing experience being the first time to really shoot in a place like this where you actually have time to think about what you are doing.  Charly was always challenging me to alter my perspective and orientation, and see things that your eye may not see but the camera sees (such as low light areas that will show up more readily in the bracketed exposures).   And the Canyon is a amazingly beautiful to view, even if you did not have a camera in hand.   I am still working on the shots from this session, but here are a few of my favorites so far…and Charly, a big thank you goes out to you!!!

 

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Fall Aspens in Denali

Sometimes you just have to stop and admire the shapes and colors of nature!

 

Toklat River, Denali National Park

One of the many stops when touring Alaska’s Denali National Park is the Toklat River.  Toklat River is fed by various glaciers and mountain runoff, twisting and turning its way through a large flat valley surrounded by steep mountains.  I have posted several photos of the this spot in the Toklat Gallery page, that capture the changing fall weather patterns we experienced during our two and a half days in the park, and highlight the silty, glacial nature of the streams.

 

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Aspens, Birches, and Firs

Providence smiled upon me, and my visit to Denali occurred during the peak of fall foilage in the park.  Ironically, peak fall color also makes for some very interesting black and white photography!

 

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