Category Archives: Infrared

The many branches of education…


A slightly different take of this series of the education departments complex looking through to the subject I remember going inside this complex on a job just after they first moved in. It would be an experience to go have a look twenty years on, and education perhaps…

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Many more steps in the education department

Many more steps in education department

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Education is a long building!

Education is a long building


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Silver City The Architecture of W.A. Department of Education, take 2

Many more steps in education department

Another photograph in a series about ‘Silver City’ a group of buildings built in the late 1980’s that house the Western Australian department of education.

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Silver City The Architecture of W.A. Department of Education

Silver City The Education Department of Western  Australia

I like IR photography it allows me to take photographs in the middle of the day rather than fighting with shadows and the intense light of Western Australia. I had an Olympus EM-5 converted its light has lots of lenses there is even a tilt and shift which I feel is somewhat redundant with the software tools available today, but its there if you really need one. I’m playing around with converting RAW files in different ways. This building is a tiny part of the State of Western Australia’s Education department. Nick named the ‘Silver City’. Its quite contemporary, built in the late 80’s and austere. It is interesting that the ground water reticulation overspray has softened its austerity almost like photographic toning – more later, TBC…

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Jarrah tree canopy

Jarrah trees in the distance

Sorry I have not posted much over the  last few weeks but hopefully because of the absence I will be more productive in the future.

Between many years of crawling around on the ground for macro photographs, proofing in printing factories, potteries, building studios, houses, furniture etc etc my right knee finally and very painfully collapsed and was totally replaced last week. I now have almost full movement in my R knee and leg which I haven’t had for a long while at least without considerable pain. Apparently all will be even better in six weeks. I’m the eternal optimist, having made a lively hood out of the applied arts one has to be!!!!

Obviously a camera could not accompany me and to be honest I was in no fit condition to treat the experience as an assignment eighty percent of the time. They ain’t to generous with morphine these days (a puritan ethic is creeping in?) and by heck I really needed the stuff at times. The whole exercise was an extremely painful series of events both leading up to and following. The staples came out on thursday which for this hobbler was some relief from incessant itching. Rather than killing pain the medication they currently use works on the pain centres in the brain which sort kills the awareness of pain but also dulls the awareness of everything else as well. Reading is out of the question, one sort of falls to sleep every few sentences.
Before I went into hospital I sent an EM5 off to be converted into full spectrum infrared. Meaning that one has to use IR filters on the lenses to make infrared images. The advantage is that filters from 500nm right up to 900nm can be used on the camera as well as UV filters which for any one interested in flora, insects and even birds holds some exciting possibilities. I have always liked IR for architecture and garden work but shooting and developing IR on film is a pain in the bum.
If one can find the right cut filter the camera can function as it did prior to conversion they are not readily available  and often not cheap I have a few alerts set up on eBay if any turn up just to try on out!
But I digress the full spectrum EM-5 arrived a few days ago and while my movement is a bit limited at the moment I have managed a few shots from the verandah. I have only trialed two lenses thus far, the little Lumix G pancake zoom and the 75-300. First impressions were a little mixed a few of the first images were a bit noisey but the ISO’s were perhaps on the high side and I haven’t seen much sun when I needed it! IR can be shot without seeing almost any black shadows in full sun ideal for W.A. under normal circumstances, but heck we still need more rain so I’m not complaining.

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DXO Olympus sensor comparisons

I just read some where on an older news feed (Rumors?) that the sensor in the Olympus EM-1 OMD is actually a Panasonic sensor and not a Sony as in the EM-5. So I decided to take a look, I know there is a lot of controversy about DXO comparison tests BUT at the present time like for like DXO is consistent at a glance for key factor stuff. Incidently I am seriously looking at incorporating DXO optics pro into my workflow as a RAW converter, its impressive. But I digress,  this sensor comparison is interesting especially with all the hype floating around about how good the Sony A7R and A7 are supposed to be.
Now I would not be so foolhardy as to suggest that the Sonys FF’s are a valid comparison to a micro 4/3  sensor but Panasonic have a certain likable image quality in their sensors that I find quite appealing. Its the same kind of difference on a larger scale between Leica lenses and Zeiss lenses I like both but have a soft spot for Zeiss because of the warmer colour render, that probably comes form using the Zeiss M42 glass in the 60’s and 70’s. As I see things at this juncture in time we have the Sony, Panasonic, Fuji, Sigma and several others that all produce different sensors and all have a real discernible look about them. Much in the same way that was the difference between films, now there’s fodder for a good discussion!
However how small, there is a difference between the E-M5 and the E-M1, while I haven’t used the E-M1 to any extent I’m so tempted to switch, maybe I’ll convert the E-M5 to IR. The E-M1 feels so right in the hand and the controls perfectly fit my fingers when the camera is raised to the eye which I struggled with on the E-M5. Fact is I have had real problems with it on the E-M5. Without the extra grip I have almost dropped the camera twice while changing lenses. The other features that make it for me? The WiFi capability for sure, a back focus button capability that I surely miss on the E-M5 and the weather sealing, but its the ergonomics that are the clincher (LOL) for me.
For small product work and real-estate shooting micro four thirds really has come of age and become a workable professional tool I can’t see any reason to return to a DSLR…
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Zamia and Xanthorrhoea take two

IR colour trials
After looking at yesterdays IR conversion into monochrome. I really thought it needed a touch of colour, so by switching the intensity of the red and blue channels it produced a blue sky creeping through the trees and also coloured the the shadows. As it was late afternoon the high lights are also slightly yellowed by the setting sun, this against flashes of the blue sky creates the complementary colour effect gives the image a greater depth

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A mazing water why, its a water maze …

A mazing water why, its a water maze
In Forrest Chase in the centre of Perth there is now a permanent water maze that on hot day is filled with children. The day that this photograph was made was just a little on the cool side to be frolicking in wet clothes but these children did not mind getting soaked. Of course it is quite possible to navigate this maze without getting wet at all but if there is water kids will find it!

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Hilde-Daneilsen, 'Upside down again' Contre jour …

Hilde-Daneilsen, Upside down again. A great spiral box
Hilde-Daneilsen, ‘Upside down again’. Contre jour.

This wonderful construction is a great spiral box which gives the appearance of being sliced into thin sections and then twisted 180 degrees. It is screwed together with stainless bolts and sits facing the Indian ocean and the sun hence the flare moon. It was a conscious decision to photograph into the sun ‘contre jour’ or against the light as a creative technique. In this case it produced a double moon. sometimes it is possible to have the ‘moons’ shattered into dozens of circles or semicircles. There is a fine Australian photographer called  Trent Parke who has used the contra jour technique to very great effect in his street photography, He is represented by Magnum.
This structure looks more lovely looking at it from the inside out as it does looking at it sat on the beach.


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