This shows part of the three mile long Leat that was constructed to supply water to the water wheel used to pull carriages up the inclined tramway on the Fowey Consols Mine near Luxulyan in Cornwall.

I have long had an interest in infrared photography, which my adoption of digital imaging has allowed me to expand in both monochrome and false colour work as here. I have combined both versions on this page to better demonstrate the difference.

For this picture I used my Canon EOS 40D camera that I had converted to infrared use by fitting a 720nm internal filter in place of the original IR blocking filter. It was fitted with a Canon EF-S 10 to 18mm lens set at 14mm.

In an attempt to retain detail in all areas I took three images at one stop intervals using the cameras auto bracketing facility, hand-held at 1/15, 1/30 and a 1/60 of a second at f8 with the ISO set at 800. These were combined as an HDR image using Photomatix Essentials software so that exposure range suited the limited latitude of my printing paper. The resulting file was then worked on using Adobe Lightroom before printing.

I realise that many may feel it is a bit of a marmite technique but it is one that I am currently enjoying.

Your thoughts will be most welcome.


Leat 1 — 2 Comments

  1. Firstly, I like the composition which for me is a prerequisite of any image irrespective of the underlying treatment. On my iPad there is a transition from the colour to the mono when I click the radial button and brief as the view is I liked the 50% colour 50% mono version that emerged whilst the software morphed from one to another. There is also the potential for a square crop which would minimise the distortion bottom left (not a criticism, merely an observation). Colour-wise it is very different to the tones one usually associates with false-colour IR but that is not a bad thing to my mind. I am finding that in all but the most favourable light the 720nm filter doesn’t provide me with the strength of false-colour I would prefer although it is perfect for these types of monotone treatments.

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