Tuesday, February 19, 2008

University Clocktower in IR

University Clocktower in IR, originally uploaded by _setev.

My second serious attempt at IR. See the previous efforts for comparison. This time I'm using a couple of new filters. But getting the exposure just right is still tricky as Sony have deliberately disabled most of the camera controls in Nightshot mode. I don't have any control over shutter or aperture settings so I have to rely a lot on the lighting conditions and time of day.

Trial and error shooting means it's almost like using an expensive pin hole camera as the histogram readings are different before and after taking the picture.

Even with the technical limitations it is still easier to do IR with this type of camera
than with a digital SLR because the image can be seen in live preview.

I like the overall effect of IR as it gives a photo a crisp but even tonal range. This is a good composition of a familiar landmark. I think the only way to improve it would be some white clouds in the background.

The original image has a greenish colour cast but this one has been adjusted in using PS Elements. Camera used: Sony f828. I'm not sure if Sony have improved the Nightshot function in later models.

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