After creating a cross processed image in the first week and an X-ray image for the Second week of the One Four Challenge, I decided to try Black and White infrared for the third week. I have never been one to take a knife to my camera and although I have old bodies kicking around, sending them off to be converted to be able to capture infrared images has always felt a bit strange. Alas I use digital methods to get me there. I have a really nice method that I use in Photoshop and while flipping through one of my Lightroom books I came across a method to convert an image to Black and white infrared in Lightroom.
I started with my colour image that had been through Photoshop’s shake reduction filter, as Capture sharpening. In Lightroom I set the temp and tint to -100 and then clicked black and white. In the black and white mix I set yellow and green to 100 and aqua to 50, everything else was set to 0. In the basic panel I set highlights and whites to -100 as well. I then used three radial adjustments on the flower. The first was to reduce the exposure and darken the petals as well as increasing clarity to bring out the midtone contrast. This radial adjustment I then duplicated to intensify the effect. The third adjustment was just on the centre and was to sharpen and reduce the exposure was well to create a contrasted point for the flower.
Many comments this month have been about cropping the image to a square format. I have been against this but have decided instead of cropping my image, I will offer the cropped and uncropped versions of the images in the gallery below. Decide which you prefer.
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