An infrared bike ride and a post processing saga

At last! A warm and sunny day when I’m free!! While most photographers took shelter from the midday sun, I was out in force; it was an infrared dream.

Infrared photography represents one of the greatest assets of photography; showing us the world in a different way (or should I say light!).  I think that’s why I love it so much.

After sorting out the flat tyres on my neglected bike, I set off.

Stowe bike ride infrared-1-5

Road signs come out brilliantly…

Bike ride infrared sign-1-2 small

 

Stow bike ride infrared sign-1

This shot, taken in Stowe, is two different photos stitched together. The little white blob near the top of the sky is the moon :)

Stowe Infrared Composite through lightroom-1

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Mixing light: post processing experiments

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I’ve started to take normal photos alongside the infrared ones. It occurred to me that things might start to look interesting if I mix the two different versions together…

Bike infrared-to visible light 50 split

Left: normal exposure
Middle: 50/50 mix on Photoshop
Right: infrared exposure

Then I thought it might be even more interesting to change the blending mode of the two layers. My favourite combo was using ‘Hard Light’ at something like 90% (with the normal exposure as the top layer). Here it is!

Bike ride infrared-1 mixture a small

The sky has taken a lot from the infrared photo, as though I’ve taken it through a polarising filter (though I’m not sure I’ve ever got a polariser to make a sky look that black!), and the grass has become paler. I really like this effect, it’s quite surreal. I imagine you could achieve a similar look without using the infrared photo, however, because the sky really was that dark in the original infrared photo – i.e. without any post-processing at all – the sky retains its full quality, without any of the banding or pixelation that you often see from heavily photoshopped images.

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Mixes of mixes

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Okay, so I got a bit carried away. I messed around with the layers and the blend modes and made another scale of infrared-ness!!!

Bike infrared to visible light - hard light mix

Here goes with the key/explanation:

From left to right:

1st: visible light original
2nd: infrared original (bottom layer), visible light original (top layer), set to Hard Light, 90% [reverse of 5th photo]
3rd: photo 5 (bottom layer), photo 2 (top layer), set to Hard Light, 70%  [reverse of 4th photo]
4th: photo 2 (bottom layer), photo 5 (top layer), set to Pin Light, 70% [reverse of 3rd photo]
5th: visible light original (bottom layer), infrared original (top layer), set to ‘Hard Light, 90% [reverse of 2nd photo]
6th: infrared original

You’ll be relieved to hear that I stopped after this :)

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An infrared bike ride and a post processing saga

At last! A warm and sunny day when I’m free!! While most photographers took shelter from the midday sun, I was out in force; it was an infrared dream.

Infrared photography represents one of the greatest assets of photography; showing us the world in a different way (or should I say light!).  I think that’s why I love it so much.

After sorting out the flat tyres on my neglected bike, I set off.

Stowe bike ride infrared-1-5

Road signs come out brilliantly…

Bike ride infrared sign-1-2 small

 

Stow bike ride infrared sign-1

This shot, taken in Stowe, is two different photos stitched together. The little white blob near the top of the sky is the moon :)

Stowe Infrared Composite through lightroom-1

********************************************************************************************************************

Mixing light: post processing experiments

********************************************************************************************************************

I’ve started to take normal photos alongside the infrared ones. It occurred to me that things might start to look interesting if I mix the two different versions together…

Bike infrared-to visible light 50 split

Left: normal exposure
Middle: 50/50 mix on Photoshop
Right: infrared exposure

Then I thought it might be even more interesting to change the blending mode of the two layers. My favourite combo was using ‘Hard Light’ at something like 90% (with the normal exposure as the top layer). Here it is!

Bike ride infrared-1 mixture a small

The sky has taken a lot from the infrared photo, as though I’ve taken it through a polarising filter (though I’m not sure I’ve ever got a polariser to make a sky look that black!), and the grass has become paler. I really like this effect, it’s quite surreal. I imagine you could achieve a similar look without using the infrared photo, however, because the sky really was that dark in the original infrared photo – i.e. without any post-processing at all – the sky retains its full quality, without any of the banding or pixelation that you often see from heavily photoshopped images.

********************************************************************************************************************
Mixes of mixes

********************************************************************************************************************

Okay, so I got a bit carried away. I messed around with the layers and the blend modes and made another scale of infrared-ness!!!

Bike infrared to visible light - hard light mix

Here goes with the key/explanation:

From left to right:

1st: visible light original
2nd: infrared original (bottom layer), visible light original (top layer), set to Hard Light, 90% [reverse of 5th photo]
3rd: photo 5 (bottom layer), photo 2 (top layer), set to Hard Light, 70%  [reverse of 4th photo]
4th: photo 2 (bottom layer), photo 5 (top layer), set to Pin Light, 70% [reverse of 3rd photo]
5th: visible light original (bottom layer), infrared original (top layer), set to ‘Hard Light, 90% [reverse of 2nd photo]
6th: infrared original

You’ll be relieved to hear that I stopped after this :)

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