Tuesday, 11 July 2017

We Had A Quiet Day In,

so I did not take any pictures,

during the day I had some time to play with some of the infrared pictures that I still have not processed, for anyone that does not know, most camera sensors are sensitive to infrared light, the part of the spectrum used is referred to as near-infrared to distinguish it from far-infrared, which is the domain of thermal imaging, wavelengths used for infrared photography range from about 600 nm to about 900 nm, film is usually sensitive to visible light too, so an infrared-passing filter is used; this lets infrared (IR) light pass through to the camera, but blocks all or most of the visible light spectrum, we can see between 400 - 700 nm,

so the filter, if you use a screw in one looks black or deep red, or as I have done you can have a camera converted, so you do not use infrared screw in filters, the filter is fitted inside the camera, the disadvantage is that the camera will then only be able to take infrared pictures, but you do not have to keep putting filters on the front of the camera, the screw in filters are the cheapest way to go, but if you have an unused camera sitting around which I guess many of us have, it can easily be fitted with an internal filter, which is what I had done at Protech Photographic in Uckfield, West Sussex in the UK, at the top of the post is a pictures that I played with yesterday,

 and after changing the colours using the same picture you can add various masks to change it, using Phototshop CC 15 and the NIK Collection of tools that you can download into it, in one of the programs, SilverEfex Pro, you can add up to 36 or so different masks to change the look of your picture, this one above is number 036 Antique,

or for a totally different look in the Viveza 2 program using a graph like box,

 titled level and curves, you can change the colours to give the most unreal look to your pictures, for those of us old enough think back to the 1960s when artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Donovan, Frank Zappa and the Grateful Dead all issued albums with a infrared cover photo on it, if anyone is interested we have another blog titled Stanley's Infrared Pictures, where we have been posting a few images of my infrared pictures, it was great fun taking them, and even more playing with the images, 

after our evening meal it was feet up for a coupe of game shows, mostly featuring antiques, a couple from Top Gear, tonight we watched both part 1 and part 2 of the special filmed in Burma and Thailand, which we both enjoyed immensely, despite the totally loonie brigade labelling the program offensive, 

to round off the evening two more from Black Sails, this is one of those 'must see' productions, it really is that good, and with that we were off to bed.

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