painting and photographic works

Color Efex – Infrared

Since getting my Nikon back from repair I’ve been shooting a lot of photos. At the same time I got the camera back I also purchased Color Efex Pro 3.0 software. This software is a photo processing add-on to the Capture NX2 that I regularly use to work with my Nikon RAW photos (it is also available for PhotoShop and a few other image processing apps). Color Efex provides over 50 (in the pro version) “filters” to apply to the images and I have been exploring what I can do. Here are a few results (just with the infrared film filter) that are interesting and that I am pleased with:

Stairway to ?

That photo uses one of my favorites options with the infrared film filter. There are 4 black and white and 5 color options with this filter (and then 3 slider controls for highlights, brightness and contrast). I like this combination that accentuates the greens and provides that orange sky/background. Here is another photo using that filter:

Street Cleaner 2

Another of the five color options turns the green grass to orange:

Down and to the Left

Or yet another of the options – the green tree  becomes pink.

Parking Lot Tree

I like how these color options can be quickly explored and give me ideas for non-conventional color palettes for my paintings.

While Color Efex is primarily about color effects, there are some black and white options. Here is one of the infrared black and white effects:

Snow in June

This shot was taken in early June in Edmonton and while it was a very cool day there was no snow on the ground, as you might think from looking at this photo. This is what the original looked like:

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