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Colorado CJ
4-Dec-2016, 09:04
Its been a while since I've been up to the park. Normally it takes me 40 minutes or so driving up the canyon to get to the park, but the canyon road has been closed for a few months now while they rebuild it from the flood three years ago. So now, I have to go a round about way to get to the park, which adds about 45 minutes each way.

Anyway, I went up there for some hiking and photography. It was windy and cold, which wasn't too comfortable, but make for some interesting photo opportunities with all the blowing snow.

First I'm going to post photos from one camera. These are black and white IR photos, only using the light spectrum of 720nm and higher. I had another camera along and will post those later, they'll be on color and taken close to the same areas as these first photos.

https://c6.staticflickr.com/6/5725/31401484325_be91d1ef43_o.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/PQQPha)RMNP 3 Dec 2016 1 (https://flic.kr/p/PQQPha) by Andrew Marjama (https://www.flickr.com/photos/55229792@N03/), on Flickr

https://c5.staticflickr.com/6/5600/31032593180_0794eceb9f_o.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/Phf9N1)RMNP 3 Dec 2016 2 (https://flic.kr/p/Phf9N1) by Andrew Marjama (https://www.flickr.com/photos/55229792@N03/), on Flickr

https://c5.staticflickr.com/6/5677/31032592580_14c2e01f67_o.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/Phf9BE)RMNP 3 Dec 2016 4 (https://flic.kr/p/Phf9BE) by Andrew Marjama (https://www.flickr.com/photos/55229792@N03/), on Flickr

https://c4.staticflickr.com/6/5632/31401483595_4f24f8a8b7_o.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/PQQP4z)RMNP 3 Dec 2016 5 (https://flic.kr/p/PQQP4z) by Andrew Marjama (https://www.flickr.com/photos/55229792@N03/), on Flickr

I'll post the color photos as soon as I process the RAW files, hopefully later tonight.

4-Dec-2016, 10:12
Just curious. I assume you use a 720 filter, but what IR film did you use and how do you determine exposure?

I've got some old, frozen Kodak 4X5 IR that I've exposed in the past at ISO 50. I want to try it out with my fisheye lens and pinholes.

And I have some newer Rollei 4X5 IR that I've not had the chance to try out yet. I'll start out at the same exposure & development that I did with the Kodak stuff.

David Lobato
4-Dec-2016, 10:18
Beautiful work Andrew.

Colorado CJ
4-Dec-2016, 10:23
Yeah, sorry this isn't film. I usually shoot with film, but this was shot on an OMD EM10.

I thought this forum was OK to post digital photos in, as there are some other digital threads here.

If not, let me know.

I would really like to try some IR film photography, but all the film I can find is old, and very expensive. I've read IR film doesn't age well, so I never bought any.

4-Dec-2016, 11:17

While this group in not exclusively film-based (there are some people who can actually afford large format digital), it is a large format forum. The Olympus OMD EM10 is a four-thirds digital camera. That means the sensor is about 1/4 the size of a full-frame 35mm negative. That's about the same size as the negatives I get out of my Minolta 16mm MGs camera (12x17mm). So that is technically considered subminiature work -- pretty far afield from large format work (typically 4x5 INCHES and larger). Don't get me wrong, I love submini cameras. I can get better results with my 16mm Minoltas using Agfapan 25 or Ektar 25 (both shot at ISO 12) than any full frame 35mm or digital camera made today. Take another look at the top of this page. It says "Large Format Photography".

Colorado CJ
4-Dec-2016, 11:34
I know all that, I post my 4x5 film images regularly in the large format section. This section specifically says (Everything Else) and I've seen digital images posted in this section.

Pali K
4-Dec-2016, 11:56
Beautiful Andrew!

BTW, xkaes may not be aware that this section of the forum is especially for small format image sharing and your post is not only appropriate, it is very beautiful :)

4-Dec-2016, 12:17
I stand corrected. I thought I was in the Image Sharing (LF) and Discussion section and not the Image Sharing (Everything Else) and Discussion section.

4-Dec-2016, 13:23
I Was just out and CO and sad to not make it up to the park.

Great shots of than Foehn wall I was seeing hugging the divide!
I find the use of IR really helps to create lovely BW conversions. Lovely tonality.

Colorado CJ
4-Dec-2016, 14:43
I Was just out and CO and sad to not make it up to the park.

Great shots of than Foehn wall I was seeing hugging the divide!
I find the use of IR really helps to create lovely BW conversions. Lovely tonality.

Thanks. I am really enjoying seeing what IR photography can do. It is going to open up another world in my photography

Colorado CJ
4-Dec-2016, 15:30
Well I have the color photos finished.

Just a few notes on them. These were taken handheld and rather quickly, they weren't set on a tripod and framed as well as the IR photos. Also, there will be some differences in the field of view and rendering as I was using different focal lengths with the IR shots and I am stuck with one focal length on this camera 30mm. Lastly, the internet doesn't display full colors and tonal ranges compared to what you would see in Photoshop for example, so the images look better on my calibrated screen using in Photoshop than they will here on the web.

With that out of the way, here are the photos. These were taken on a Sigma DM2 Merrill, an APS-C size sensor camera. The Merrill uses a different type of sensor compared to others, called a Foveon sensor, which is three separate sensors stacked on top of eachother with each sensor responsible for each primary color. Because of this there is no interpolation like in other cameras and the detail captured is comparable with a high dollar medium format digital camera. It is one of my favorite cameras.

It is interesting to see the difference between the two types of images. The IR photos pick up a some different light compared to the color photos, so things like the leaves and grasses "glow" more than in normal light. I really like color, but there is a place for B&W. Its hard for me to make a judgment on which I like better.

https://c3.staticflickr.com/6/5567/31385073746_58d30e10fd_o.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/PPoGZ9)RMNP 3 Dec 2016 DP2 3 (https://flic.kr/p/PPoGZ9) by Andrew Marjama (https://www.flickr.com/photos/55229792@N03/), on Flickr

https://c4.staticflickr.com/6/5457/30613808883_fa944de298_o.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/NDeLP6)RMNP 3 Dec 2016 DP2 4 (https://flic.kr/p/NDeLP6) by Andrew Marjama (https://www.flickr.com/photos/55229792@N03/), on Flickr

https://c1.staticflickr.com/6/5473/31385074616_b6ba0dd326_o.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/PPoHf9)RMNP 3 Dec 2016 DP2 1 (https://flic.kr/p/PPoHf9) by Andrew Marjama (https://www.flickr.com/photos/55229792@N03/), on Flickr

https://c4.staticflickr.com/6/5515/30613809443_7f084669c1_o.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/NDeLYK)RMNP 3 Dec 2016 DP2 2 (https://flic.kr/p/NDeLYK) by Andrew Marjama (https://www.flickr.com/photos/55229792@N03/), on Flickr