Last week I shared an image I shot coming off Holme Fell in the Lake District at the end of a long day. This week I want to share a second image which I also shot on Holme Fell.
I shot this using a Fuji XT2 camera that’s been converted to infrared using a 665nm filter. The lens is a Fuji 18-135 at 36mm. It’s a handheld exposure of 1/75” at f/13.0 and ISO160. The RAW file was process in Capture One and then converted to black and white using Nik Silver Efex Pro.
I’m sure you will agree that this doesn’t look like a traditional infrared photo with glowing white trees and grass, and that’s deliberate. Whilst I could have processed it to produce that effect, I wanted something that looked more like a traditional black and white photo. And this is where I want to share my infrared process secret.
After applying a white balance to the image and then developing the RAW file, I convert it to black and white using a Blue Filter. You can do this in Nik Silver Efex Pro in the Film Type section. If you’re using Lightroom, check the Camera Colour Profiles and you should find an Adobe Blue Filter profile to do the same. What the blue filter produces with an infrared image is something that’s more like a traditional black and white shot and the tones are excellent.
Of course, this doesn’t always work, nothing is ever that easy. You may also need to adjust the colour response sliders to achieve the best results. But if you shoot infrared and have never tried it (most people ignore the blue filter) be sure to give it a go.
I hope you like the image and have a great weekend.