2021 Local Walks – Rusper Woods – Infrared perspective

Each week I have been going out with one of my cameras, on a walk, exploring near where I live – since I am unable to travel, well anywhere, like the majority of us, we have been kinda forced into exploring our local areas… Usually, I’d hit up the local parks, but since we are supposed to be avoiding everyone, and everyone has taken a likening to these parks, it made it very hard to avoid people. I thought I’d find a new place to walk each week – and who knows what cool things I might find.

These woods are a new favourite of mine, and I’d you look at the below images, I’m sure you will see why. It may sound like an odd thing to say, as trees are trees, but not really. There’s a nice variety in types and ages, many textures which this little beauty of a camera really picks up. The woods have a kind of forgotten and ancient quality about them.

I recently purchased an infrared converted Panasonic GX1 – I’ve been wanting to buy one of these infrared cameras for quite a while, and thought now I have enrolled in a BA Photography course, now would be as good a time as any for experimenting. There is so much more to infrared than I thought, so this will be a rather big learning curve, but hey, it’s not like I have much else to do during lockdown right – and I do like learning new things…

The below images were taken in infrared jpegs, and I have used Lightroom to convert to black and white. The original images had a sort of sepia feel to them, I will most likely upload another post with an Infrared post completely unedited as I do really like the look of the images, straight from camera (and I have a disliking to playing with images too long with software). I have increased the contrast on some of these images a little. But I plan to have more of a play around with the infrared spectrums to find out it’s full capabilities on future explorations. From a few outings, and the slowly improving weather, I have noticed that the IR works a lot better in sunny and harsh lighting conditions (That said, I’d noticed some horrid sun flare which are almost impossible to get rid of). I am still getting to grips with how the IR works, and eventually it would be nice to see how the colour IR works – but for now, I will stick to black and white, because this time of year, there’s not an awful lot of colour around anyway!

One thing that is for sure, I can’t wait to properly experiment with the camera and the IR capabilities, outside of the local woods, and in more places where I prefer shooting.

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