Nautical Images With The B+W 090
Deciding Between B&W and Faux Processing
This past Monday, I went to Georgetown, South Carolina for a early morning of Infrared shooting. I was looking specifically for nautical images of shrimpers. I was lucky to be at the dock when Poor Boy was getting ready to head out for a day of shrimping. I managed to get a few images of her still at the dock which I thought would look good in B&W but I still kept the 590nm B+W 090 filter installed knowing that I could generate great B&W images! As you can see from the image on the left, the 590nm filter can generate a B&W image full of wonderful contrasts and graduations! This image was converted from RAW in Capture One Pro Version 5 with the addition of a little structure (sharpening) and a decrease in exposure of about 1 stop, then cropped in Photoshop, adjusted in NIK’s Viveza and converted to B&W with NIK’s Silver EFX Pro using the standard model and adding a little contrast and structure.
A short time later the boat back out into the river and headed out into the bay. I got into my truck and went down the river about a mile to get ahead of her and setup for some underway images.
What happened next is simply magic. The sky was perfect, with wispy clouds, the water was smooth and generated great reflections and the sun was low and soft. As the boat approached, I started taking shots about every 30 seconds in order to get a series. I threw away the first 10 or so images as the boat was too far away even though I was using the new Olympus 14-150mm micro 4/3 lens. NOTE: The 14-150 has turned into my main Infrared walk around lens due to its ultra-wide capabilities and sharpness. As the boat started to draw even with me I started getting really good images. I was shooting vertical in order to get a reflection of the boats rigging. This image on the right and below were processed first using the false color action which can be downloaded on the right. I adjusted (in the action) the master saturation up a little, then selected the red channel and adjusted the hue and saturation to get the trees the color that I liked, then the same with the cyan and blue for the sky and water. I then ran NIK’s Viveza selecting the blue sky to lock it, then the white clouds to desaturate them. I then selected the shrimp net on the back of the boat and adjusted its color as well. It is important to pay close attention the to the blue sky and make sure that it is a pleasing shade otherwise you will end up with a blue/green sky.
The last image (below) was after she passed my position. I waited until I could see both the side and stern and set the composition with the boat sailing into the frame with a lot of open space to the left. Processing was the same for the previous shot.
I was VERY happy with this photo outing and was excited with the resulting images. The lesson here is that you DO NOT need a deep IR filter in the 850nm range in order to generate very good B&W images! I found the morning lighting very soft and even though it was not bright I was still able to capture great IR images.