Winter @ West Coast Park

Took some time for some IR photography at West Coast Park. It is a convenient place for me as it is so near my workplace and the childcare centre for my children.



Winter playground 


Mirror Lake

I picked up IR photography after I came across flickr IR pictures by Tito Verano. I emailed him for tips and he gladly shared his knowledge with me:

  1. Colour -> Level -> Set to Auto
  2. Switch the red and blue channel using channel mixer ( red: 0 red, 0 green, 100.0 blue; blue: 100.0 red, 0 green, 0 blue)
  3. Further enhance the blue sky using channel mixer (red: 150.0 red, -25 green, -25 blue; blue: -25 red, -25 green and 150.0 blue)
  4. Fine tune the blue sky with Colour balance and Hue

Other important points about IR photography I discovered along the way:

  1. To prevent having a bright blob in the middle of the image, shoot wide open (i.e max aperture)
  2. Always shoot in raw and play around with the white balance using the white balance colour picker. Getting the white balance ‘right’ will produce a nice blue sky after step 3 above with minimal tweaks using Colour balance and Hue.

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