B&W Infrared HDR

As I talked about in my last post, I've been experimenting with Nik Software's HDR Efex Pro.  Today I used it with some images taken with my IR converted Canon 20D.  When using the 20D I'll use AEB (Auto Exposure Bracketing) anyways, usually +1/-1 stop, because you're never quite sure what will come out when shooting in IR.  I ready like the way it brought out the texture in these high puffy clouds and IR is somewhat surreal to begin with (just not too much) ;-).


This past weekend was the open house at the Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum in Titusville, FL.  With free admission for veterans and Florida residents, I had to go check it out and I'm glad I did.  Lots of cool aircraft and military memorabilia to look though and photograph.

Warbird MuseumIR Converted Canon 20D w/ EF-S 10-22mm, 1/15 sec @f/16, ISO 1600 Raw file processed & converted to B&W in Lightroom 3

Tail FinsIR Converted Canon 20D w/ EF-S 10-22mm 1/160 sec @f/16 ISO 800 Raw file processed & converted to B&W in Lightroom 3

U.S. Air Force JetIR Converted Canon 20D w/ EF-S 10-22mm, 1/15 sec @f/16, ISO 1600 Raw file processed & converted to B&W in Lightroom 3 With addition editing in Photoshop CS5 & Focal Point by onOne Software

Erna Nixon Park

We've had some pretty nice weather here recently (temps in the 70's & low humidity), so I grabbed my infrared camera and visited a local park for a couple hours.   Erna Nixon Park (no relation, that I know of) is a nice little 54 acre community park in Melbourne, Florida.  It has a 1/2 mile hiking trail, most of which is on a boardwalk though a natural Florida hammock.  Like most hiking in Florida, the trail is flat and easy to walk.  Though it offers many photographic opportunities, from cabbage palms to large oak trees with hanging moss.  In fact the day I was there, about a dozen artists were in the park from a local painting club.

All images shot with a IR converted Canon 20D w/ EF-S 10-22mm Raw files processed & converted to B&W in Lightroom 3Erna Nixon Park

Erna Nixon Park

Erna Nixon Park Hanging Moss

Erna Nixon Park Boardwalk

B&W Infrared, Part 1

Ever since I shot my first roll of B&W IR film many years ago, I’ve been hooked on it. I just love the look, with its soft white foliage, deep black skies and creamy skin on people. Even though the film was unpredictable and difficult to handle, I shot many rolls over the years. Because of those difficulties and the inability to process the film myself any more, I haven’t shot IR for quite some time.

Kodak High Speed B&W Infrared Film

I’ve tried over the years using many different faux techniques, but it was never quite the same. Although I still got some cool looking photos, I recently took the plunge and converted my old Canon 20D into a IR-only camera. With that, I thought I would dedicate a category just for Digital IR and talk about my experiences and some of the challenges I've already gone through.

Faux B&W Infrared using Photoshop


Until the next post...


Website Update

I’m in the process of remodeling & reorganizing all of my websites, starting with this one “www.AdamNixon.com”.  This site will be my blog for all things Photography, Lightroom, Photoshop, maybe a little WordPress thrown in for fun and of course lots of photos. My other two sites will be for selling my work. One site will be “www.NixonFineArt.com”, where my B&W Fine Art Prints will be made available. The second site is “www.DreiLuna.com”, where my Stock Photography will be available for downloading or prints.

Thanks for stopping by and lots more to come. Adam