Infrared Portrait


One area I am eager to grow my experience in is Infrared Portraits. The shot above was one of my first serious attempts. Doa is stunning and was wonderful to work with this day! Her dark hair lead to fun colors in infrared! Whats cool is that she now has her own blog called Doa Blue! Doa feel free to use this pic…due to its blue tone! =) You can find her blog here…Doa Blue. Good luck in your modeling career!!

Pittsburgh, PA – PNC Park (Infrared)


Its been a while since my last IR post. I am still working on my IR Photography book for Focal Press. It is still on schedule to be released 1st Quarter 2012. I will keep you posted. This shot is from PNC Park in Pittsburgh, PA. I was walking to the stadium and decided to try it in IR. The ferry was cruising by and it adds to the Burgh feel! My Pirates faded quickly since July and now are outta the playoff race, but I def enjoyed those few weeks we were in contention! PNC Park is one of the most beautiful parks in MLB! …even in IR! =)

Vienna, Austria – Street Performer (Infrared)


From one of my favorite cities in the world…Vienna, Austria. I was lucky to have a free Saturday to enjoy the sights recently and was walking around grabbing HDR’s and Infrared pics. As I walked up to National History Museum I saw this street performer standing on a box signing some classical music. He was dressed Mozart-like and you cant tell by the pic…but had yellow face paint on. I was eager to grab this shot and gave him 1 Euro and he posed for me…feather pen in hand! He did well…he was posing for pics every few minutes. Nice gig!

Talke Photography Settings:
Camera: Nikon D70S (Converted to Infrared)
Infrared Conversion: D70S modified by LifePixel
Lens: Nikon 18-200 f/3.5-5.6
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 22.0mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: 1/90 sec
Aperture: f/11
Gear: Hand Held
Post Process: Adobe CS5, onOne Software Photo Tools 2.6, Viveza

Miami, Florida – South Beach (Super Infrared)

Now for something a little different!  Not a super shot…but a different point of view!  Sorry I have to save most IR shots for my book…but I wanted to post at least one shot from my Super Infrared converted Camera.  This is Miami’s South Beach as I stood dangerously in the middle of the street.  It was a quiet late Monday afternoon. My thought was the street lined with palm trees would look cool if the Super IR goes into effect.   What do ya think?  I like to play around with the hues and it surely creates interesting art that the Super IR allows!  I’d call it funk-a-delic!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D70S (Converted to Infrared) – Super Color Filter
  • Infrared Conversion:  D70S modified by LifePixel
  • Lens: Nikon 18-200 f/3.5-5.6
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 28.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  1/160 sec
  • Aperture:  f/11
  • Gear:  Hand Held
  • Post Process: Adobe CS5,  onOne Software Photo Tools 2.6, Viveza

Austin, Texas – Capitol Building (Infrared)

Here is an infrared photo from the Capitol Building in Austin ,Texas.  Writing is underway for my IR Photography book.  Focal Press will be publishing it and the rough plan is to have it available in January 2012!  I will keep you posted.   I’ll try to fit an IR shot here on the blog every once in a while!  Have fun!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D70S (Converted to Infrared)
  • Infrared Conversion:  D70S modified by LifePixel
  • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 18.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  1/180 sec
  • Aperture:  f/11
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS5,  onOne Software Photo Tools 2.6, Viveza

Austin, Texas – Introducing Super Color Infrared by LifePixel!!

I just received my new Nikon D70s (bought on Ebay used)…then had it converted with the  LifePixel “Super Color”  filter.  My current Nikon D70S is the “Enhanced Color” version.  Now I have two IR cameras!  The shot above was my first shot ever with the new filter.  It surely has some super color!!   Below is the comparison of the Enhanced Color version….

Both were with the Nikon D70S, Nikon 12-24 lens, f/11, S 1/250 second.   I processed the Enhanced version as I would normally see it.  After I had my version complete…I tried to play with the Hue/Saturation to see if I could match the “Super Color” version.   I did get somewhat close…but it lacked in the pop or extra kick of color.  So it just looked flat.  I have only a very small amount of experience with this new Super Color…so I will get more details up soon.  I have seen other color styles that will look cool.  I’ll get a few more shots in this weekend.  As always….a learning curve is needed!  I guess now I will have to pack and carry 3 cameras…ouch!!  =))

Clinton, New Jersey – Red Mill (Infrared)

Beautiful early morning bright light can create IR magic!  This is the Red Mill in Clinton, NJ from my recent visit.  I’ll post a HDR from here soon.  A cute little town in Central Jersey.   If you are interested in Infrared photography, please do not forget that I have an eBook called “Infrared Photography for DSLR’s” that can be purchased in PDF format!   Thanks to all that have purchased it already!  Sales have been fantastic!!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D70S (Converted to Infrared)
  • Infrared Conversion:  D70S modified by LifePixel
  • Lens: Nikon 12-12 f/4
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 24.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  1/125 second
  • Aperture:  f/11
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Color Efex Pro, Viveza, Silver Efex Pro

San Juan Capistrano, CA – Mission San Juan Capistrano (infrared)

From one of the most beautiful places in the US…Southern California, this photo is of the Mission San Juan Capistrano in Infrared.   A normal CA day is perfect for IR…great sun and clear skies are wonderful!  A clear sky blue sky turns totally black in a black and white in IR ….a perfect contrast to the building and foliage!    I had mentioned that this spot is a portrait photographers paradise…check out the stats from the web site…

Portrait Photography
You must:

  • Obtain proof of $1,000,000 ($1 million) liability insurance policy before booking date and time.
  • Schedule through the Visitor Center

Fees:
$50 per hour for reserved non-commercial photography for every five (5) people photographed. Reservations must be made at least 48 hours in advance.
$75 per hour for non-reserved non-commercial photography for every five (5) people photographed.

If you are in SoCal..I think it is worth it for Wedding/Portrait shots.  Enjoy!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D70S (Converted to Infrared)
  • Infrared Conversion:  D70S modified by LifePixel
  • Lens: Nikon 12-12 f/4
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 22.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  1/100 second
  • Aperture:  f/20
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Color Efex Pro, Viveza, Silver Efex Pro

Austin, Texas – Moore’s Crossing (HDR-Infrared)

I took a long lunch yesterday and went to explore Moore’s Crossing here in Austin, Texas.  It is located a few minutes from the Austin International Airport.  I had no idea this place existed until my good friend Van Sutherland (blog: Exile Imaging) posted a shot from here just recently.  I was curious!   I Googled it and it has an interesting history!

Some info from the web…  Moore’s Crossing is a historic community southeast of Austin, Texas.  The area was settled in the 1840s near a low-water crossing for Onion Creek. It was named after John B. Moore, who opened a store at the site in the early 20th century. In 1915, three of six spans from the 1884 iron Congress Avenue Bridge, which had been put into storage in 1910, were used to construct a bridge at Moore’s Crossing (formerly Onion Creek Bridge). The bridge was washed away by a spring flood that year.

The current bridge, built by the Austin Bridge Company of Dallas is made of concrete piers and the remaining three spans from the Congress Avenue Bridge. It was completed in 1922 and took Burleson Road across Onion Creek to Farm to Market Road 973. On January 8, 1980, the bridge was “finally put to rest” after nearly 97 years. Richard Moya, Travis County Commissioner Precinct 4, stated the bridge would be closed because it could collapse. The concrete under the abutments had failed. The estimate to stabilize the one-lane bridge for traffic was $750,000 and that did not include widening it to support the increased traffic caused by area growth. A four-lane concrete beam bridge with a different alignment to Farm to Market Road 973 was built instead. The county barricaded the bridge at Moore’s Crossing and turned it into a pedestrian bridge. The bridge was recorded as a Texas Historic Landmark in 1980. The community was added to the National Register of Historic Places on October 16, 1996.

On my next post from here…I hear this bridge is haunted!  Gotta love ghost stories!!  Coming soon!   Note this was produced using NIK’s HDR Efex Pro!

Don’t forget if you are in Austin tonite, I have my speech on IR Photography at the Austin SMUG Meeting tonite at 7 PM!   I will go through my eBook on IR Photography for DSLR’s.  Hope to see you there!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D70S (Converted to Infrared)
  • Infrared Conversion:  D70S modified by LifePixel
  • Lens: Nikon 12-12 f/4
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 12.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 3 Exposures  (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/22
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, HDR Efex Pro, Viveza, Silver Efex Pro

Infrared Photography for DSLR’s eBook has arrived!!

The Infrared Photography for DSLR’s ebook is now available!  I am working on a digital download version.  Not sure yet on how to e-commerce it yet.

The format is a PDF (891 MB).  It contains 93 pages and you can see the Table of Contents above.  At this time when you visit www.talkephotography.com (IR eBook)…you can place an order and I will send a confirming email at days end.  The next day I will personally send the file on a CD-ROM to you via US mail.  Cost of the eBook is $12.25 (includes shipping and handling).

If you are eager to learn about IR photography, this is a great start!  Thanks so much for your interest!   ~ Pete Talke