ARCHIVE 531 – FANTASY IN INFRARED

 

 


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Mist on Tadham Moor, and the road past the Magic Carpark given the look of colour infrared film, courtesy of Nik’s excellent Color Efex Pro 4 image editing software.

One of my aims with this blog is to present a variety of imagery.  This is both to stimulate and perhaps even enthral those looking at these posts – and also to keep myself on my toes in terms of imagination and creativity.  Producing a blog with a constant theme might be a way to attract a large and loyal number of viewers who enjoy that theme, but I have to hold up my hands and admit to not being able to resist going here and there, following where my imagination takes me, and here is an example.

Its a core belief of mine that its always worth looking long and hard at images – and I (and many others too) have found that returning to an image weeks, months or even years after it was captured can and does inspire new ideas and new ways of looking at it.  Indeed, some photographers make a point of never working on their images soon after they have been taken but, instead, of always coming back to them some days or even weeks after the event – with fresh minds and well rested eyes.

I am not returning to this particular image long after it was taken, but I have subjected it to another of my core routines, which is to look at it long and hard before deciding upon what, if anything, to do with it.  What sorts of things to I think about in this situation? – well, colour/mono/both, possible types of crop, potential for rotation/flipping, effects of various software edits, etc.

And experimenting (which is another way of saying “playing around”!) in Color Efex Pro 4 I came upon this infrared colour film filter, and was instantly attracted by its effect here.  There are of course the mysterious silhouettes and the warm orange glow, but this is not like simply using some kind of orange filter because the colours of the tarmac road and its grass verges are still faintly visible.  Whether this image will stand the test of time – whether I’ll still like it in a month’s or year’s time – is another matter but, for now, here it is.

Other thoughts.  Does it represent reality?  No, of course not but, as I say, I like the look of it, and if I like the look of it – its in! 🙂  

And fantasy – well, ok, what’s out there beyond those “last two trees”?  If you’re a TOLKIEN fan, are we standing on the edge of the desolation wrought by the dragon SMAUG, looking out on a land ravaged by his fire and covered by rolling clouds of glowing smoke?  I’ll go along with that.  And who, or what, is going to appear in all that smoke, dimly seen at first but growing ever more stark, as they trudge up this road trying to escape a vast and monstrous foe that, for all of their lives, has just been an old and half-forgotten legend, the stuff of childhood nightmares, the stuff of fireside tales?

Click onto the image to see a larger version in a separate window – recommended.

Technique: D700 with 70-300 Nikkor lens at 230mm; 200 ISO; Color Efex Pro 4; the Somerset Levels; 8 Apr 2015.

UPDATE 2020: well, its considerably more than a year after this image was posted, and yes I certainly do still like it >>> and I am certainly still a fan of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings!

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About Adrian Lewis
Photographer - using mono, colour and combinations of the two - many types of subject, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous, trying new ideas, working in multiple genres. And I've a weakness for Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.

14 Responses to ARCHIVE 531 – FANTASY IN INFRARED

  1. bluebrightly says:

    If one of your aims is to produce a variety of imagery, you certainly succeed. That’s one of the things I like about coming here. 🙂 This is no exception.
    I wouldn’t say that I look “long and hard” at images necessarily – I often make decisions quickly – but I do try to remain very openminded about what I might do with them. I try to remind myself not to just process in an automatic way. Still, I fall into that habit sometimes and your blog has been a positive influence, reminding me to break out of any routines I might fall into.
    I agree that this works well. It’s amazing how often I’m surprised by trying different filters on images…it’s hard to predict what they’re going to do to the overall feeling of an image.

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Its very satisfying to know that my blog is a positive influence, I’m so glad to hear that – thank you!

      And keeping openminded is certainly the thing, never discounting any idea out of hand >>> keep on keeping on!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  2. Magnificent study in negative space. It does draw one in.

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  3. Sonali Dalal says:

    I am one of those who looks at the image after few days,months or even years after capturing it. I like to marinate them. As I am not shooting since few months , in fact hardly shooting since last 2-3 years, I am editing, re-editing my past photos. I look at it with very different eyes and I always enjoy editing and letting my imagination run riot with them. I have Eureka moment after trials and errors!

    This photo ,ofcourse not realistic , is mysterious!

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Thank you, Sonali! And I love “marinate”, what a great way of putting it! Sad to hear you haven’t been shooting much for 2-3 years though, and now the covid news from India sounds tough: how are you getting on, and how is Ahmedabad? Adrian

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      • Sonali Dalal says:

        Covid situation in India is getting out of hand. But if you see it against our population , percentagewise it won’t seem alarming. But yes, it is completely out of control now. Ahmedabad has improved from being one of the worst in the country. My part of Ahmedabad is now getting more cases. People are rather careless about wearing masks. It is so hot and humid that one understands the reluctance but still there is no choice. Maintaining social distance is also tough when the place is teeming with people, unless you stay at home. I have not left home since more than 3 months now! I have started working from home as our office has reopened. I can’t go out as my parents both above 85 are very fragile. If I get the infection they will be in trouble. Looking at the positive side, I have become a good cook 😉 and I am back to reading, my first love! Thank you !

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        • Adrian Lewis says:

          My dear, you are having a tough time; I very much understand about your aged parents. But if you’re cooking you could send me some – I bet its delicious!!!

          The lockdown is being loosened here, but there are local covid increases; 3 of the pubs that opened last weekend (one near here) are closed again because of infected customers; and we very much feel that the virus is still very much alive and threatening. Let us all hope, my friend, let us all hope. 🙂

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          • Sonali Dalal says:

            Yes, hope is the only thing left to us. And positivity! I used to be so busy that I could not spend much time with parents, so looking at it positively I have now plenty of time for that. Cooking is my new found love. I cook good Gujarati food, even if I say so :):) If I could, I would love to send it to you. Gujarati food is not so spicy, slightly sweet , 100% vegetarian and has amazing variety.

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            • Adrian Lewis says:

              Yes, positivity, definitely! And, yes, you must value this time with your parents, it is invaluable.

              Hahaha! >>> I know you can’t send me the food >>>> hahaha!!! but as a FATman I can always dream!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  4. krikitarts says:

    32 likers so far and no comments? That’s hard to believe, considering your efforts here and their orange fruit. This one doesn’t just draw me in–it actually sucks me in, and I mean that in the most artistic terms. Some might see it as looking like smog, but your references to Smaug are right on the mark. Preciousss!

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Well, thank you my friend, this is so good to hear; and once again we find we are travelling along the same road.

      And because it gets to me in a big way, here is a favourite quote. Thinking of the second sentence has been a help and light to me in many dark places:

      “And for you, Frodo Baggins, I give you the light of Earendil our most beloved star. May it be a light to you in dark places when all other lights go out.”.

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