This one came from an uninteresting photo of a cotton tree on an overblown sky as background. Inverting the colors and desaturating the remaining colors (some cyan) results in some graphic silhouette, something which I think will look good as an accent in a black wall.
Taking pictures at midday or directly towards the sun stretches the dynamic range capabilities of any cameras. Details can be recovered by pushing the shadows but this usually results in noisy images. Sometimes, it’s just better to accept the shadows…
These were taken in Lake Mapanuepe using Olympus OM-D and 40-150mm.
The first show the carabaos (water buffalo) seemingly calling out their humans while a dead one lies on the lake. The second one are the herders (or children of the herder). They’re not carrying real firearms but only toys.
Not very easy pictures to take as we were on a boat still a good distance from them and the boat is rocking. The second picture (of the boys) is not in proper focus (visible at high magnification).
A few months ago, I bought an infrared filter (720nm) to try and take infrared pictures. I was using the Canon 7D and the 15-85mm lens. The combination is good but post-processing the pictures from Lightroom to Photoshop is a nightmare. I have the Photoshop installed but somehow it is not connected to the Lightroom and saving the file in Lightroom as TIFF then opening the file in Photoshop is too much of a bother. Furthermore, I can’t get the colors to come out pleasing (right color is not an issue since everything in infrared is false colors – right color only means red).
Last weekend when we visited Lake Mapanuepe, I have the OM-D with its kit lens and my infrared filter, plus a tripod. We also had excess time on the second day so I had time to experiment and take shots.
The Olympus 12-50mm is ok for infrared. There is a slight hotspot in the middle of the lens which may or may not be seen depending on the processing (the slightly brighter spot just above the hill in the second picture). The lens/filter combo creates FLARE when the sun is very near the edge of the frame (see third picture).
Getting white balance and colors is one of the hardest thing to do in infrared. I read somewhere to set the white balance by using grass or leaves as a basis, which I did for these set of pictures.
I like this picture as it is my first semi-successful IR picture. Everything is golden as I can’t switch the red and blue channels in Photoshop without causing unsightly colors. The resulting color is a compromise. I’m still not very satisfied with the contrast though (compared to many IR pictures found online).
This second picture is actually my first attempt this time. I like the colors of the leaves (almost white) and the contrast but the sky’s a mess. I thought that shooting raw will give me latitude when editing colors but I guess I’m too wrong. The upper right corner of the frame turned black.
Third picture is of the large tree under which we camped. For some reason, it is not as clear as the others. Possibly, because of the lots of shade in the picture, it required a longer exposure and the wind rustled the leaves creating a more blurry picture. The color of the leaves are ok but still with a pinkish tinge while the rest is yellowish.
So far those are the three semi-succesful IR pictures. I’ll work on it until I can get the pleasing colors of IR.
The boy of our friend and driver to Lake Mapanuepe while looking at the lake and scratching his foot.
We went to Lake Mapanuepe sometime in March last year. We were totally captivated then. A lake that formed during the eruption of a volcano submerging two or three villages!
When we returned this weekend, we were not so captivated as before. Probably it is because the last time we went there, it was raining and the rain and the subsequent clearing made a big splash in our minds. Or the fact that when we arrived now it was very sunny and everything was looking flat. Or probably because this was our second time and there is no more surprise of seeing a place the first time.
Anyway, the lake is still beautiful (not very good for swimming still). I took several pictures of boats and these three are pictures of one boat. All of these were shot at the widest setting (12mm or 24mm equivalent). I miss the ultrawides (10mm on Canon APS-C but ultrawides on m4/3 are very expensive). The light is really flat so I made changes through Lightroom. I hope you like them.
These are agricultural products grown by local farmers on the other side of Lake Mapanuepe. They bring it by small boats to Sitio Aglao where there is a daily transpo going to and from the public market in San Marcelino, Zambales.
I’ve always liked solitary objects for my photos. For one, it makes the composition simpler and more uncluttered. But I think this reflects more on how I generally feel most of the time. The tree in the photo is a cotton tree in Lake Mapanuepe. It’s not the cotton used in clothers and other fabric or for commercial purposes but some people I know (my mother for instance) use it as a filler for pillows.
Just a picture of our camp at sunrise. It was a pleasant surprise after the rain in the previous day. Didn’t know that the 10-22mm lens produces such flare but this could be some mist or waterdrops on the lens.
Canon 7D + 18-135mm @ 47mm
This is another photo from our Lake Mapanuepe trip.
This is one of our boatmen who took us around the lake. He is from the Aeta group living in the area. The Aetas live in and around Mt. Pinatubo (as well as in other parts of the Philippines) before its eruption, mainly doing farm work. During the eruption, many of them were displaced and now live in various parts of Luzon. Some (previously living in the Pinatubo or the area damaged by lahar/water) now live in an Aeta community a few kilometers from the lake.
I don’t usually do black and white photos. However, when I saw this photo, it was dull in color. Due to the rain and fog, it was mostly gray with some very weak greens on the hill. I converted it to black and white and boosted contrast and sharpness.