Saturday, July 17, 2010

Infra Red at Ringwood Manor State Park

This morning I set out to Ringwood Manor State Park in Ringwood, NJ. It is right across the road from Skylands and has a wonderful manor house, gardens and grounds. There are tons of subjects to photograph and it is really well suited to black and white work. I am thrilled with today's images and will share several more tomorrow so come and check them out there.

I feel like I am really getting eye tuned to B&W again. I had forgotten how much I enjoy B&W as I have been shooting almost exclusively color since I went digital for all of my work in 2006.

How am I getting these images with such great tonal ranges? That is the question I have been asked most this week. First I one of my digital camera bodies converted to Infra Red by Digital Silver Imaging. These guys do all of my digital Black and White printing and I fully recommend them. Eric Luden at DSI also suggested I try Silver Efex Pro. This is a software plug-in for Photoshop and Aperture that was the final piece of the puzzle and gave me great control over my digital B&W images. If you are thinking of having a camera converted to Infrared. Go for it! I have not even begun to explore the wild, weird word of color infra red....... Stay Tuned.

Keep Makin' Art!


pilgrimchick said...

Black and white was a perfect choice for these shots--I don't usually shoot in black and white myself. Great pictures!

Dave King said...

Just superb!

Carl said...

Thank you PC and Dave. Since the moment the IR camera got delivered I have been a shooting fool. I have missed b&W IR so much. I have NO REASON now not to get rid of my old 35mm and medium format equipment except nostalgia!

Chelle said...

The textures are what really strikes me on this group. I used to have fun with the infrared filter on my film camera back in the day!

Carl said...

Chelle - yep I agree. I always loved IR in the film days. So happy to have a new way to shoot it.