Alien on the common!

I posted some infrared shots from Dunorlan last week and now I am back again with the same, strange alien looking shots from the common yesterday.

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An infrared camera for me works best with the pictures converted to black and white with strong contrast and the bizarre white of the infrared glow from anything living screaming loudly.

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I am only just learning to do this properly after about ten years of trying- some of these I love- others are a bit too OTT, but that is what it is often like when I am in an experimental stage.

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I’ll calm down soon.

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Alien Experiments in Dunorlan

Sometimes, if the weather is nice, I head out to Dunorlan determined to take the most beautiful conventional shots I can, but on a cloudy day like today, I am just as likely to go freaky with a comedy camera or, as today, two.

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The black and white shots today are with an infrared camera- this sees the light which is invisible to us and misses what we see. It works even better in harsh sunlight, but I thought it worth a try.

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The psychedelic colour pictures are with a lens that I have modded myself- turning around one of the bits of glass at the back of the lens to stop it from focusing properly and to bring out its inner Monet. Although probably without his taste!

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I’m not sure yet whether these have worked- I’ll probably look at them in horror in a few months, but for now, here they are.

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Dunorlan Desert

I’ve blogged many times from Dunorlan before, so after taking a summer holiday break from this blog, I thought I’d shake myself into action by pushing myself into seeing it in a different way.

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Infrared colour seemed to do the trick- these won’t be to everyone’s taste and I’m not even sure myself. The colour palette in shots like the one above, remind me a bit of a desert, hence the title.

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Back in Black

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The start of summer is lovely in most ways, but it presents challenges to photographers as cloudless skies and bright light combine to make dull and flat photos. One exception to this is when you slap an infrared lens onto the front of your camera. This blocks out the normal rays of light and makes the plants glow white and the sky turn black.

Suddenly my routine route to work gets a bit of magic back- a bit of tinting in photoshop and voila:

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Bedgebury- It will be great when it’s finished.

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I blogged a few weeks ago from Bedgebury. If I am honest after visiting this place for ten years, I am really only recently beginning to appreciate its charms. With so many of the trees being still relatively young, it feels like somewhere that will be worth visiting in about a hundred years and much of it feels so artificial with its walkways, playgrounds and wooden sculptures.

And yet the trees are beautiful and I am learning to love its strangeness. Last time I brought these out in long exposures and false colour. Today I worked in infrared:

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Dark Park

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Grosvenor/Hilbert Park has always seemed like the poor neighbour of Dunorlan and Calverley, but it is a bit of an undiscovered gem and a real working park, which is actually fun for families, rather than just politely strollable.

It also seems like a lost dream in my memory.

I think this is because it has changed so much since it was a prime play site in my childhood. Unlike the rocks, pantiles or other places that we revisited endlessly back then, it never seems familiar against my memories – I’m sure I remember actually swimming there as a child- can I be right?

Maybe because of these mysteriously vanished memories, it seemed right to photograph it last year in infrared black and white:

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As if to make it even more otherwordly, a balloon drifted down low overhead:

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