During spring in Charleston, I shoot mostly infrared, using my D800 with the Super color (590nm) conversion from Lifepixel. Although, I photograph mostly B&W infrared, we’ll have a look at color infrared in a future blog post. One of the iconic images from Charleston are Oak Lanes. Many are on private property, still shootable from the road, which is the case here.
Throughout historic Charleston, there are beautifully shaped gardens that are perfect for infrared. However, as in many of these scenes, you have to have your camera right up against the wrought iron fences and gates.
Photo walks through Historic Charleston are great fun and there are images everywhere. When I walk around Charleston during the day. I only bring my infrared camera and look for the greatest patches of green leaves, as in this front door on Trad St. This image has a slight sepia tone added.
Magnolia Cemetery is one of our favorite stops and works particularly well in infrared, creating the other worldly quality that is so intriguing in infrared-land. The image above was processed as usual, but in order the create a little glow, added a low opacity layer of the Glamour Glow filter in GoogleNik’s Color Efex Pro.
Here’s another old tomb from the late 19th century where I decided to add a couple of textures to add detail in the blank sky, and to add visual interest to the scene, in general.
Don’t forget that an infrared image is just another image that we can optimize further, as in the glow and textured approach in the previous two images.
All images, except the lead image using the D800, were made with the Nikon D300, both cameras with the Super Color conversion.
Currently, my main infrared camera has been upgraded to a Nikon D800.
The season is just getting started! Get out there and create your own infrared world!
Thanks for taking the time and we’ll see ya out there!