Tonight I wanted to do something a bit different and experiment. I’m always up for a challenge, and so tonight turned out to be a great challenge. My aim was to capture as many HDR images as I could, as well as try out a couple of Infrared images. Infrared is not meant to be used in the dying light of day, so…
It was just a simple walk down a very busy Aberavon Beach here in South Wales. I’ve seen a thousand sunsets, so quite often I want to do something a little different. The first thing we attempted was some infrared photography (I see “we” as it was myself and my good friend Thomas). For IR photography it’s recommended that you shoot in very bright sunlight. Where we were position the light sun was low behind, setting while we were on sand dunes. I took four photographs using the 850nm IR filters, and I was quite happy with one in particular. Shooting into the sun on the second gave an altogether different look.
These IR images were edited in ON1 Photo Raw 2021.1, where I applied a colour mixer adjustment of swapping the red and blue channels ,and then setting the white balance on a green object with the colour picker. As it’s early days yet for me with IR, these are very experimental, and I do prefer the test images that I took on February 25th for overall look (find these here).
Secondly, as I was shooting my photographs a lot into the sun, I wanted to do a few handheld HDR images. These were three shot bracketed images, taken at -2/0/+2EV and they were merged in Google Photos. From there they were taken into Photoscape X Pro where they had a little filter added over them to bring out contrast.
For todays shoot I used my Fujifilm X-T3 along with the 15-45mm lens. I used the 850nm Neewer IR filter, along with my new Zomei tripod. I haven’t looked at my single-shot images yet, but they will be up on social media in the next few days.
I do like a change. It gives me ideas, and most importantly, it gives me files to work with over the next few weeks!
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2 thoughts on “February Sunset In HDR & Infrared”
Hi Mark, you know that I am also very interested in IR photography, so I am really looking forward to further experiments and findings. As I said before, the results are very promising. The HDRs and sunsets are just beautiful – a big fan of both too. And that moon shot? Just great! I must admit that I used to (like many others probably) had difficulties photographing the moon properly, until I read an article that you wrote, since then I have no more problems. Take Care !
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Thank you Marc. My next venture with IR is going to be shooting trees, and then hopefully shooting in a church grave yard. And as for the moon… I can never get enough of that!