I’ve just been looking through my photo archive when I found a folder I didn’t recognise. Inside were other folders and inside those were thousands of images. Images that I had shot a long time ago using a Panasonic GX1 infrared camera. For some reason I hadn’t imported these files to Lightroom.
Thinking about it I probably didn’t bother because the white balance in Lightroom doesn’t work for infrared RAW files. After that, I probably forgot all about them until just now when I’ve rediscovered them. The problem is that I can’t remember where I was when I shot a lot of them and there are some, like this image, that I really like. I guess I’ve just learned a valuable lesson about organising my photos.
As I mentioned, this image was shot using a Panasonic GX1 which had a 720nm infrared conversion. If you’re not sure what that is, see my Infrared what you need to know article. The lens was an Olympus 12-40 at 12mm. I’m guessing this was a handheld exposure given the scene and that the shutter speed was 1/200” at f/7.1 and ISO160.
I did the RAW processing using Capture One and what surprised me was how good the image quality is. Originally when I was processing RAW files from the converted GX1 in Lightroom they appeared very noisy and poor quality. Now in the latest version of Capture One, they look great (that’s another lesson). After that, I converted to Black and White using Nik Silver Efex Pro before taking the image into On1 Photo RAW to apply a slight glow to the leaves.
Now let’s move on to this week’s video.
This week I’ve published another YouTube tutorial which is a compilation of tips about Nik Color Efex Pro. Whilst most people will know some of these tips, probably very few people will know all of them. The video is only about 10 minutes and well worth watching. Here’s the link if you are interested (https://youtu.be/Enf3yOZTWss).
I’m going to leave it at that for this week. I have a large folder of photos to investigate.
I hope you like this week’s image and video and have a great weekend.