The 21st and 22nd of May we had a lot of sunshine, wind and clouds. Perfect weather conditions for infrared photography. I decided to stay close to home and to revisit some locations in the Eijsder Beemden to improve on already taken images and to explore for new compositions.
In spring al those fresh new leaves give a new challenge to making infrared photographs. To me too much white in a monochrome infrared photograph is not pleasant to look at.
In the Eijsder Beemden there are some old trees with few leaves. The almost ghostly shape of the branches of those old trees are not covered with a lot of new fresh green leaves. With monochrome infrared photography the contrast between the white leaves and dark branches and trunks of the trees is more pronounced. The base form of those trees stay almost completely visible. For me those trees are really photogenic.
When the sky is included in a monochrome infrared photograph you have to give special attention to the formation of the clouds. The form of the clouds can interact positively or negatively with the form of the trees and other vegetation.
Without any clouds the sky in a monochrome infrared image becomes almost black. Not so interesting to look at. It is like the photograph is taken at night. With clouds it is the opposite and adds extra interest, structure en possibly depth to the photograph. It all depends on the compostion taken.
This time, I focused on getting the most favoured available directional sunlight and cloud formation. The lighting conditions did change rapidly so it was difficult to capture the best. I will have to revisit the same locations to further improve on the same compositions.
I did find a new composition. It is the old fallen tree still wearing some leaves. I featured it in this post.
All photographs are taken with my full spectrum converted Fujifilm XT-2 and the Fujifilm 23mm F2 lens. Post processing is done with Capture One pro. I used the film simulation “Fujifilm Monochrome” as a starting point. I added grain to the photographs and did some colour-grading to give the images a warm and old look.
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