This has been an unusual spring to say the least. We took our annual trip to Charleston in March to photograph the magnificent Magnolia Plantation and other very cool places in the Charleston area.
Normally, the gardens would be teeming with various colors of azalea and other flowers and flowing spanish moss. This year, the flowers were blooming in Charleston in February! That was the death knell for our late March bloom. However, there were great clouds, bright sun and lots of green: Perfect for Infrared.
Here’s a few images with some text from our Charleston trip, where I shot about 80% infrared using my super color converted D800.
By 9 am, the light is perfect on this river oak. The sun was just over my right shoulder.
By noon, the sun was bright enough to light up the underside of this canopy. Brightened up by slightly increasing the whites slider in LR.
I’m always on the lookout for a good single cloud, then I try to find a subject to use with it. Note that these clouds break up quickly, so I’m moving quickly to get into position. Within 10 seconds after this exposure, the cloud completely dissipated.
Always expect the unexpected. Luckily, I have a 24-120mm lens as my primary IR lens. So, 120mm I was able to get the subject to fill and look into the frame, getting my very first infrared wildlife image!
Shooting infrared in a flowerless garden gives an ethereal feel and the illusion that there are many flowers in the picture.
On one of the many Edisto Island back roads, the foliage and canopy is perfect for infrared, especially with the highlights starting to come in. They highlights blend perfectly with the foliage. This was finished off with a slight glow effect in PS.
Old structures amidst trees is a classic surreal look in infrared. Late afternoon, with the sun at my back here, resulted in good contrast, a dark sky and darkness in the branches, which separate it from the structure.
Adding color using the Hue, saturation, red, green, blue and white balance sliders, after performing a channel swap.
The high contrast created by the harsh direct sunlight made this an impossible color image, but perfect for infrared. The most difficult part was finding order in the chaos of the unbelievable Angel Oak, in Charleston.
The infrequent flower patches, which were gone the next day because of cold, were very uneven. Color would leave many unattractive black holes. However, again perfect for infrared!
The small swamp behind the office is a great morning image as the sun is behind my left shoulder, nicely front lighting the trees (no flowers). Everything seemed to mesh together, so I went into color infrared, which enabled me to make slightly different pastel tonalities, which separated the trees and seemed to match the emotion of the moment.
I expected to have to shoot a lot of infrared on this trip because of the early bloom. But, I chose to shoot a lot of infrared on this trip because the subject matter was perfect and varied.
Moral: Situations that are the worst for some situations, are the absolute best for other situations.
That’s about it.
Get out there and take some Gr8 IR shots!