The Wheel And Nothing But The Wheel….
Revisiting my Grist Mill trip this past summer (there are a lot of images waiting to be processed) I keep coming back to the fact that I shoot most of the time with the 590nm filter (B+W 090).
There is just something about the 590nm (Goldie) filter that holds my attention. It does have its challenges though! Because it allows some visible light through along with Infrared, the exposure is always off in the red channel. This causes an over exposure in the reds. To overcome this you MUST dial in about -1ev exposure compensation prior to taking the image. You can correct for this in the RAW conversion, but it really is best to get it right in the camera first! As long as you realize that you are going to get an over exposure you can generate incredible images using this great filter.
Today I am going to share with you some images of the water wheel typical of grist mills across the country. First is the St. Charles mill which is located downtown in St. Charles Mo. It is up a slight hill about 2 blocks from the river. While I have NEVER seen it run, I suppose that it (at least the wheel) could work, but I think that all of the mill equipment inside of the building (now a micro brewery) has been removed.
It is the water wheel that really catches peoples eyes when we visit the mill. I like them better when they are not running. That way I can capture an image without movement of the wheel showing more detail! This mill (St. Charles) is very hard to photograph. It lies close to two buildings and the only access is in the outdoor dining area of one of them! There is a semi deep ravine that the creek runs through that is way too steep to climb down (well at least for decrepit old me!).
For this image I like the Faux Color version the best but have no idea which one or why you would like either! Let me know!
OK back to the 590nm discussion. In these two images you can see how well you can get both Faux Color and B&W with plenty of contrast. Goldie Infrared really is a universal band that gives the best of both worlds!
You can click on each image for a larger view.
Next I wish to show you the side of the French Creek Mill in Tennessee. This is my favorite mill. I have been here several times over the past few years and never get tired of visiting it. As in all things photographic, each time you visit you will see and capture more and better details in an assortment of weather and sky conditions!
This view is the wheel side of the mill. As you can see there is quite a bit of water flowing up to the wheel top but it is diverted by the flow gate down over the side of the wheel. The stream of water meandering down towards me adds a lot to the composition.
I REALLY LIKE the Faux Color version of this image. The colors are so vibrant and sharp. The stream really draws me into the image and the wheel! The color really highlights the falling water on the top of the wheel.
The Black & White version is very sharp and contrasty. It has all of the components of a world class B&W image. It has a moody black sky, with dark shadows playing over the side of the mill building. The trees are in full glory displaying the Hood Effect!
Which image do you like the best, Faux Color or B&W?
Post Processing for both images always start with RAW conversion. Here (again) are the detailed steps:
- RAW conversion using Capture One Pro Ver 5. Adjust the exposure only.
- Open in Photoshop CS5.
- Crop to 8.5×12.5 (my standard master size for library storage). Make sure that the image is set at 300dpi.
- NIK Define 2.0 with automatic selection for noise reduction.
- Faux Color Photoshop Action (download on the right). When it is almost done, it will pop open a window asking you to adjust the color channels. Select RED, YELLOW, CYAN & BLUE, adjusting each one for the desired affect. Pay CLOSE attention to the CYAN adjustment. I always alter the HUE of the cyan to bring it back into the proper blue for the sky!
- Flatten the Layers
- NIK Viveza. Use this tool (have tissues ready to clean up your mess!) to fine tune colors, add or subtract saturation, add structure (sharpening) and a few other adjustments. MAKE SURE you watch the training videos for this tool on the NIK Software web site! You have to understand its use to get the proper adjustments!
That is it for this post. Let me know what you think!