Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Infrared Willow #7, Lafayette Park

Revisiting one of my favorite locations, the pond garden at Lafayette Park and the willow tree that shades it.  This image started out as an infrared capture.  I like the technique best when it is not self-consciously infrared, yet still conveys a ghostly feel.  With film, the image making is was relatively straight forward.  With digital infrared, one would seldom want to use the dull red image without manipulation.  Here I'm going for the Ambrotype look from the 1850's.

Technical: Nikon D100, Nikkor 24-85mm f2.8-f4, ISO 200, Cokin Infrared filter P007 (similar to the popular Hoya R72, which I think is close to a Wratten 88a), tripod, 50mm @ f/16 @ 0.7s. RAW file processed in Lightroom 2.6, filtered through Nik Dfine to smooth some noice, then edited in Nik Silver Efex Pro to apply the Ambrotype custom style.  

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