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Victorian Treeline - faux EIR by Andross01 Victorian Treeline - faux EIR by Andross01
Intro
Just b/c my photo class hates it *winkwink* I have processed this shot of a street in a Galveston neighborhood (taken in infrared) to resemble Kodak Color Infrared film. Using certain colored filters (in this case, of the yellow variety), you can achieve surreal imagery in color fashion. Although this isn't exactly what true color IR looks like, it still emulates that strange contrast of the leaves against the sky. Call me crazy, but I like it.

Technical Comments
Once I get time, I assure you, I'll write up a journal on my infrared technique - I'll also make sure to avoid the whole science crap and get straight to the goods. But for now, you'll have to make do with my limited technical comments in these posts. First off, I had to run back to the car to get my tripod (as I realized this'd be a good infrared shot) and came back to the spot to setup. After some composing, I slapped that IR filter on, guessed at some settings. I knew that I'd need more sensitivity as I was shooting in the shade - not the best way to record infrared, but it's all I could manage. I didn't want to go too high, or else the long exposure plus higher ISO would've crippled the overall quality - so I upped it to 320. I knew I'd need a 30 second exposure, but fortunately, it was a completely calm day - wind was not an issue. Finally, I wanted to maintain some depth of field, but I knew I couldn't do the usual f/10 or so. Thus, I used f/6.3 - it gave me just enough extra depth of field and still was an aperture at which I could get a crisp shot.

All these decisions took place within 30 seconds mind you - I couldn't really spend ten minutes getting the perfect exposure, so I needed to guess fast based on previous experience. It all turned out well in the end - it was overexposed, which was a good thing. For whatever reason, infrared has an extreme highlight latitude - I have to really try hard to clip highlights in infrared.

Post Processing
One of the things that I was happy with about my D200 was the fact that, despite the incredibly strong hot mirror, it still had the potential for color infrared. I've never been faced with a situation, however, in which I felt the image would be best suited by color IR. But for whatever reason, I wanted to try it out with this one. For the folks who find it "cheesy," shut your mouth - I have a b/w version for ya. But anywho...

First step was based in Camera RAW - and it was quite simple. I just needed to shift my white balance so the image would be suitable for color IR processing in Photoshop itself. So I set it to a cool 3400K. Only other thing I needed to do was lower the exposure in RAW, and then it was good to go.

I loaded the image in Photoshop and made a Channel Mixer layer. Now, what you'll usually do is switch the red and blue channels - by that, I mean:
-Under the Red Output Channel, adjust your sliders (Source Channels) so that you have 0% Red, 0% Green, and 100% Blue.
-Under the Blue Output Channel, adjust so you have 100% Red, 0% Green, and 100% Blue.

This is merely a starter - I still needed to tweak my Channel Mixer and wound up with 54% Red and 4% Blue under the Blue Output Channel.

I followed up with a curves layer - since I didn't have 100% of light in the Blue Output Channel being factored in anymore, I needed to brighten things up again.

Next thing I did was make those pinks pop - the leaves were more magenta/purple, so I created a Hue/Saturation later and changed only the Magenta channel. I played with the hue and saturation, and viola, pink/red leaves. I still had some Magenta left over, so I created yet another Hue/Saturation layer, played some more with the Magenta channel, and got the image looking nice and clean. I did some other touches to dim out a mild hotspot, but other than that, the shot was done and processed.

Other Comments
I hope my processing comments helped a bit for those who wish to try their hand at color digital IR but don't know where to start. Just know one thing - my procedure is mainly for digital SLRs. The differences between DSLRs and point and shoots when it comes to IR mainly come into play when doing color infrared. Some Sony cameras are able to do color IR, but the process is completely different. And other point and shoots simply can't do color IR. Anywho, hope you enjoyed this "cheese-tastic" image ;) Cheers.
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:icondeviabbas:
deviabbas Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011   Photographer
Hello my friend

I have an infrared camera, but I can not get a picture like this photo , how do you get ... !!!!!???
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UnderFloorboardWorld Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Interesting approach..

As you say, this doesn't exactly resemble what true color IR looks like, however i will grant that it does emulate somewhat, that epic contrast of the leaves against the sky that you only really get with EIR

I shoot EIR, and still have quite a few rolls left; But I have to say, I've never tried to emulate EIR when it comes to my false colour Digital IR work.

Always stuck with the white and occasionally popping in some magenta/purple from time to time.
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Pabuj Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2008
awesome photo :o I :heart: it!
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Archaetus Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2007
I definitely like the contrast presented with this technique. It is very surreal feeling. Makes one wonder what wrong with that street... heh heh.
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RubyTuesdayMorrison Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2007  Student
Ur photography class needs their art spoon fed to them, this is stunning :)
:+fav:
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BurlapZack Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2006
Poo on all the haters. I love it! The colors are spendiforous.
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AiMeiLing Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2006
Wow I luv it its lukx gorgeous
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Eaglewolf Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2006
great idea...great colors.
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mrparrish Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2006
ug. How vary very Faux of you.
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yori1976 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2006  Professional Photographer
For Kodak colors you should have the leaves more blue (ending magenta), but I hope you got those teachers right...
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Andross01 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2006   Photographer
That's why I said it isn't exactly like it =)

[link]
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yori1976 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2006  Professional Photographer
OK - I think you can get faitly close by copying the green channel into the bluse channel, the red into the green and adding IR into red - you essentialy get IR with an orange filter - you can then play with the intensity of the schannels until satisfied.
I would try it - but I don't have a digital camera....
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Andross01 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2006   Photographer
I would have the guess the proper white balance in RAW - that is the main reason it is not *quite* there.

I feel the sorta pink/red is a nice look though. It resembles the UV/IR combo on a D1 more than anything: [link]
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yori1976 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2006  Professional Photographer
Saw it - that's fine, just refered to the slide film...
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FiruL33T Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2006
Very good composition here :)
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w-p Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2006
beautiful colours:)
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HoneyJar Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2006
great colors!
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brumie Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
awesome EIR result
instant :+fav:
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TheGreyArtist Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2006
Wow...awesomeness.
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unusualenemy07 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2006
i do hate wacky colors:fart:
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Andross01 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2006   Photographer
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unusualenemy07 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2006
no bad andrew
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ShotKing Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2006
ooh its very classy! Sorta a breath taking veiw of the far east. And if thats in Galveston, that place is a treat! Ive been there dozens of times and its a great place to capture (and edit) some lovely sceny and the Victorian houses.
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deirdre-a Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2006
hmm, i think i like this version better. the contrast of the red and blue looks great, very bright. like springtime in autumn =D
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worlds-collide Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2006
i adore this shot. Great work.
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Wandasy Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2006
very beautiful! :)
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lxrichbirdsf Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2006
I'll take note of some of the points when I use my D200 for IR...:)
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detail24 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2006
scenery and idea is pretty nice. cant say anything against that :) looks very cool.

the only thing i dont like is your postprocessing in some areas. you can see a bit too much red on the trees at some places which bothers me a bit. dunno if you wanna fix that though.

other than that, like i already said, very cool :thumbsup: good usage of colors, the saturation could be less though imho. i am wondering how it would have looked in BW only?!
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Andross01 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2006   Photographer
Yes, I get what you mean - I sometimes miss areas myself. I did desaturate the tree trunks, but I now see some spots where it's off.

Thanks for the comments =) I'm posting the b/w version now...
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P3MBY Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2006
you're turning into londonexpress...please don't
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:iconmrparrish:
mrparrish Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2006
I love your quote about A-D-what? gotta go. my grilled cheese sandwich is burning.
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Andross01 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2006   Photographer
Hmmm.

My similarties to him:
-I will write the *occassional* long description
-I have shot long exposure waterscapes (even though it utilizes infrared)
-I feature people in journals

My differences to him:
-I post several images each day, on the average
-I often don't have long descriptions
-I don't have a Canon
-I live in Texas
-My style is completely different
-I shoot a wide variety of subjects
-I still frequent devArt
-My name is Andrew
-I'm 16
-Anything else?

C'mon, I'm nowhere near him, unless you think me explaining my photographs to others is such a bad thing.
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P3MBY Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2006
haha god damn...just chill.

I'm saying you write like a short story for the descriptions of your photos. It's not necessary...a bit foolish in my opinion. Don't feel like you need to heavily defend yourself whenever I make a comment...because I really could care less about anything but the photo.
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Andross01 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2006   Photographer
It's a personal choice - as I said a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...erm, it's more for me than others.

And when you comment, comment on the photo if that's really all you care about ;)
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xxbcxx Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
:clap: Dont you just hate it when people tell you what you can and cant do, especially when its about descriptions? ;) Theres me thinking its a place to crit the art, not the choice of putting a description/story behind it.
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detail24 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2006
hmm in which may you mean that?
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P3MBY Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2006
just long descriptions of the photos...same format. I really don't care though, if he wants to..he can, I just think it's really not necessary. When I am a viewer, I don't feel like reading an anecdote..I just want to see the photo, and maybe some meaning behind it.
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Andross01 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2006   Photographer
An anecdote is a bit different than a description of techniques, haha =p
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:iconp3mby:
P3MBY Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2006
obviously...don't take everything so literal.
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:iconandross01:
Andross01 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2006   Photographer
ooo, touchy touchy :laughing:
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LeDoucheCap Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2006  Student Photographer
mmmmm wow, beautiful, favoriting it.
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NIKON CORPORATION
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