Sometimes, depending upon the IR filter installed (630 and up), the Infrared camera can and will generate wonderful bronze images that are simply stunning. You as the photographer must decide what looks good! Traditional B&W IR, Faux IR or RAW right out of the camera? It is rare that I will choose the unprocessed image straight out of the camera but once in a while the camera gods smile down upon me and will allow me to capture an image that is simply breathtaking! Case in point: Look at the 3 images included here. First I will show (left) the standard B&W processed Infrared using the Olympus E-PL1 with a B+W 091 630nm filter. The lens is the Olympus 14-150mm m 4/3 and the day was slightly overcast with no harsh light on the scene. I think that the B&W is VERY pleasing overall and I wouldn’t hesitate to print and display this!
On the right is the SAME image but processed Faux Color using the down-loadable Photoshop action on the right menu here. Again a very pleasing image that is a real keeper! BUT consider the final image below… It is simply stunning in its coloration. The bronze highlights really pop out at the viewer and I consider this image STRAIGHT OUT OF THE CAMERA, only processed for conversion from RAW to PDF and adjusted for sharpness to be the BEST of the three! Remember, all 3 images are from the same RAW file!
What do you think? Sometimes you need to REALLY look at your RAW images for the occasional keeper like this one!