Thursday, May 28, 2009

Playing with Infrared in Photoshop

I've been wanting to take a picture of this barn since I've moved here, but seemed every time I went by it the sky and sun were not quite right. Today after the clouds broke up, as it had been raining all day yesterday and then all morning long; I noticed the sun peaking through the trees. I looked out the windows and noticed all the white puffy clouds. I knew it would be a good time to go take this picture.

This was originally taken in color, I actually did the HDR technique on it, where I took three images of the same scene on a tripod. You set your bracketing up to take one over, one under and one normally exposed image. I use a program called Photomatrix which allows you to import all three images and then it sandwiches them together and then the end result is better details in shadows and highlights. Most of the time I tend to get carried away in the tone mapping section and make it look almost surreal like with over saturation. Which was the cases this time, so I decided it was too saturated and decided to see what it would like like in Black and White. It didn't pop until I played with the infrared setting and moved all the sliders back and fourth, then I ended up with this.


  1. Nice work. The sky just pops behind those fluffy clouds and the contrast in the trees and barn keep it intersting even in shades of gray. Cool!

  2. That photo is breathtaking!! I would hang it on my wall!!!