Ok, I promise I will stop complaining about Ireland's weather....after a few more posts :)
This shot here was taken on the last day of my trip. As fate would have it, it turned out to be the best day weather-wise. It was the rare day when it was sunny throughout (well almost) and sunny early on too. Instead of accepting mother nature's last offer of clear skies for what would certainly make a good color photo, I decided to spurn her offer and shoot some IR scenes at this cemetery.
Before I go any further, my apologies to the Irish as I do not know the exact details of this location. If someone does, please let me know. As this was the last day of my trip and I needed to completely cross the country from Westport to Dublin (about 5 hours of driving), I had little extra time to get the details of what I was shooting. Basically I was driving from Westport on the N5, saw that interesting round tower off to the north of the roadway and realized it my might be one of my last opportunities to make a good photo. So I abruptly exited the highway and proceeded to find the tower and cemetery.
Round towers like you see here are found throughout Ireland, the most famous perhaps is Glendalough in County Wicklow. Unfortunately I don't know the specifics of this one, but several of these towers were built between the 10th and 12th centuries as monastic sites. They were generally used as bell towers, places of refuge, and places to store valuable religious manuscripts.
I am new to shooting IR and would appreciate feedback on my processing. FYI, I am using Photoshop Elements 5. Also, if you are new to IR as well, checkout the workshop image here to see the original unmodified file. Please feel free to experiment and post your own conversion.
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mpsf (731) 2007-08-27 7:15
Hola Douglas, veo que twe gustan los cementerios igual que a mí, son lugares hermosos y llenos de tranquilidad. Un saludo.
pboehringer (770) 2007-08-27 7:46
Hi Douglas, the IR signature was already recognizable from the thumbnail. The composition with the build of different layers starting with the cross in the foreground, the madonna, the tower and finally getting to the very background with the movement blurred and dynamic confering clouds looks perfect to me. It seems to me that you overdid on the sharpening. I see PP artifacts due to that.
Looking into your WS I have the impression that you would have done better with possibly 5 to 10s less exposure or closing a little bit more the shutter.
Anyway, good start in this new modality of shooting!
rossy85 (2879) 2007-08-27 10:36
Hi Douglas Arrasin
Interesting picture with excellent speed of shutter. I think that your choice of black and white is great.
jwmunro (286) 2007-08-27 14:10
Hello Doug -
So the weather was bad, eh? Well, that's Ireland. When my wife and went to the Emerald Isle we departed the USA on Memorial Day weekend for the first trip and had splendid weather throughout. Yes some rain but generally enjoyable. The second trip we departed a week or so earlier and had good weather again but with a few more rainy days than before. I think late spring and early summer is the time to go and you miss the crowds but you also miss the festivals.
Your image, I am not a big fan of IR because of the green distortions which your image here does not show much of. This looks like a high key or high contrast B&W to me. I do like the contrast in this image and the sharpness and details of the round tower and the headstones. 30 sec exposure? Were the clouds really moving that fast as to record a blur? If you had said this was just a B&W conversion I would have said good job, well done. But, since it is an IR I really don't know how to comment. 2x:) for a good looking B&W.
Thank you for sharing.
plimrn (21344) 2007-08-27 19:26
Since I know nothing abour IR, like John, I'll comment this as B&W. The foreground detail is impeccable; it's an interesting contrast with the long exposure blur of the clouds.
gunbud (34066) 2007-08-28 21:01
Wonderfully clear sharp image with the blurring of the clouds giving this photo a dreamy feel. Love the contrast between the grey monastic tower and the white headstones. The b&w is an excellent choice for this ancient image.
AgaA (2636) 2007-08-28 22:06
You created interesting effect with IR filter here - blurred clouds give some unusual character to this picture, and also shades of black and white are extraordinary. Very nice :)
kensimage (8561) 2007-08-30 8:17
Hi Doug--sun or no sun, I think B/W is a fine choice for such a timeless place, even an eternal place for the residents. But to be honest I'm not sure it was suitable for IR, because it needs to have some dark tones to create that mood of eternalness, of the tragedy of death. I like the composition, though, especially the placement of the tower. Regards, Ken.
Cormac (26545) 2007-08-30 14:45
Gret shot! I like the effect of the clouds in motion while the foreground is still and sharp, which gives the graveyard an appropriate feeling of permanence an being unchanging, while the world around goes on. Great idea and really well done!
bakes888 (18499) 2007-08-31 1:44
Hi Doug. Great photo. I love the effect of the long SS on the clouds. There is a nice balance in the composition and the eye wonders the scene naturally. Thanks for sharing.
drago (4826) 2007-09-01 9:18
I'm not familiar in IR so i will judge the regular way!The moving shadows effect is perfect so is the POV and the choise of B&W.I only find some parts overneated,at least in my monitor..
baba_flies (8829) 2007-09-13 5:14
Salut Doug! This is interesting "stuff" and besides that I always like b/w work I am really into these moving clouds up there. It somehow goes well with the cemetry ... there is life (simbolized with the move), there is dead. Something like that ... so complicated :) Irish weather, you know what, when we landed in Dublin some years ago the island was rather brownish. They had no had rain for some weeks but this era stopped some days later after we arrived and ended in a very bad storm that blew some tents into the sea. I was really scared in the tent, the fabric came down to my face and I was slowly getting claustrophobic. I was looking for my Swiss knife ... just in case I would not come out :))))
I really like your experiment. This is very special. Barbara.
- Copyright: Douglas Arrasin (darrasin) (2860)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2007-07-00
- Categories: Architecture, Ruins
- Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Caon EF 17-40 F4 L, Cokin Infrared Filter P007
- Exposure: f/5.6, 30 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Ruines d'abbaye et d'églises en Irlande [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2007-08-26 23:51