Monday, April 9, 2012

Infrared Gargoyles

I've been doing some further infrared effects experimentation. I thought I'd show a couple before-and-after photos. I like the originals, too, but there's something about the cooling colors of infrared light that bring stone gargoyles to life.


Monday, April 2, 2012

An Infrared View of the Sacramento Old City Cemetery

While in Sacramento for a mystery convention over the weekend, I couldn't resist visiting the Old City Cemetery. The cemetery was established in 1849, the year California's gold rush began. It's Sacramento's oldest cemetery, and has some beautiful stone carvings.

The day I visited, the weather was dramatic, so I thought I'd try some infrared photo effects of the cemetery. Infrared photography picks up a different spectrum of light from normal photography, so it's great for creating dramatic images. I first became interested in infrared effects when I was intrigued by the castle photography of Catriona Fraser. Now I'm toying with the idea of turning my old digital SLR camera into a digital camera that will shoot infrared. For now, I'm doing a combination of using an infrared filter on my camera lens and playing around with Photoshop effects.

This last photo below isn't of the cemetery, but is a view of the dramatic sky outside my hotel window.