Digital Infrared Photography

A Personal Workflow

Clive R. Haynes FRPS

Example 3:  Lough Caragh  I begin by illustrating the final image.


Camera & settings:

Sony A6300 IR converted

ISO 640: 18-200mm lens at 77mm: f11 at 1/640th sec.

A day when fleeting sunlight dappled the mountains, lending sufficient brightness even when overcast. I felt the landscape had clarity, some atmosphere and mood for expression. The lough retains a wildness yet there's no doubting the presence of mankind. I felt this association to be harmonious rather than harmful and in processing I wished to illustrate the strength of both factors.

This image was processed entirely within Lightroom.

Stage 1: Lightroom
My workflow begins with the RAW file.

The RAW file Histogram (below) displayed a good range of tones which could be expanded to provide richer blacks and highlights containing texture.

Above: The RAW image upon opening in LR

The RAW file displayed a good range of tones which could be expanded to provide better contrast.

The global exposure was adjusted using 'Exposure', 'Blacks' and 'Highlights' sliders.
Above : Before adjustment
Above: After adjustment

The next step was to Convert to Black & White

See below.


My initial assessment was that the scene needed attention to the sky and the foreground to improve the tonal balance. Also with selective lightening and darkening ('dodging and burning'), the depth and drama of the scene could be improved.

However, other areas of the landscape also needed attention, in particular the contrast between the water and the reeds and the introduction of the a play of light upon the woodland to better harmonise with the mountains. To improve all these areas I used several Adjustment Brush settings.
Workflow continued.........

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