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Have been very frustrated over the week end trying to capture some images. The weather forcast was very wrong on both occassions.

This was taken last week with the IR filter, let me know what you think!

All the best Mal

Cloud Gate

Have been very frustrated over the week end trying to capture some images. The weather forcast was very wrong on both occassions.

This was taken last week with the IR filter, let me know what you think!

All the best Mal

comments (31)

  • nev
  • Australia
  • 3 Oct 2006, 00:14
mal what are you trying to do to us with these images. green with envy. this is a another spectacular shot. I knew that was your intent with not posting for a few days. makes us think your were going to post a cat or dog photo but then whammo. great shot.
Mal: Hey Nev, I think that I'm going to try and keep the weekends for capturing images, I tried this week end but the weather was typically british and crap, that's why I didn't post. Woof Woof. smile Mal
hey mal,

really wicked shot. i absolutely love the effects of the ir filter. you took this seemingly mundane, ordinary scene, and turned it into an extraordinary shot. i love the sky and the details of the crops. the hay bundle is placed in the perfect location. i also really like the trees in the back right corner. excellent!
Mal: Thank you people watcher, really appreciate your comments. Mal
  • ta
  • Turkey
  • 3 Oct 2006, 00:51
Impressive work.
Mal: Thank you Ta. Mal
  • Elsie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 3 Oct 2006, 00:59
Very good shot. The bale of hay on the left hand side really grounds the image.Well done.
  • Elsie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 3 Oct 2006, 01:01
Very good shot. The bale of hay on the left hand side really grounds the image.Well done.
  • Elsie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 3 Oct 2006, 01:02
Very good shot. The bale of hay on the left hand side really grounds the image.Well done.
Mal: Hey Elsie, I had not really taken that into consideration but others have since noticed it, well spotted. Mal
I completely agree with Elsie... I look at the shot without that bale of hay on the left... and I feel like I'm floating upwards in the shot...I get that sinking feeling like you get on a roller coaster? Yeah, I know... EXTREME!

Amazing though... amazing.
Mal: Hey Calypso (shot today), thank you for your lovely comments, I really appreciate it. Mal
  • Mia
  • US of A
  • 3 Oct 2006, 02:13
I like! Very unrreal. All your shots using the IR filter have a haunting feel to them.
Mal: Glad you feel Haunted Mia, Now tell Julie to get off her arse!! smile Mal
really really great !! very good job Mal, yep I was waiting for the new one and I am not disappointed !!
Mal: Thank you Frederic, keep posting shots that make me think.

P.S. Where you carrying the camera for the mirror shot or was it on a table?
very strong and brooding.

it brings to mind that contemporary hollywood style of narration where intense clouds are used to announce the arrival of an alien fleet. And obviously here they're going to be from that specialist sect of artistic crop circle aliens.
Mal: smile But the buggers did not like the pattern, so they neatly bundled up the off cuttings. Thank you Russell. Mal
  • Sola
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 3 Oct 2006, 12:23
Great shot and processing!!.
Mal: Thank you Sola. Mal
  • Chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 3 Oct 2006, 12:57
Awesome shot, nice B&W
Mal: Cheers Chantal, all the best Mal
  • Samarth
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 3 Oct 2006, 17:37
i LOVE it...its ir but its also slightly muted and that attracts me...8.5/10
Mal: You are right Mr S. The camera settings were also on red filter which slightly counteracts the IR filter and leaves the filter as a very dark ND. Mal
Ohhhhhhhhhh, this is very nice!!
Mal: Thank you very much Dammie. All the best wishes Mal
  • Ellie
  • United Kingdom
  • 3 Oct 2006, 18:22
I like it, I like the way it seems to show a huge space. If you'd shifted your viewpoint a little to the left it would have been a completely different picture, with the large bale very close to the picture.
Mal: Thank you Ell, it was framed this way because there was a diagonal hedge at my back, which if I had framed more to the left would have come into view, I tried it but did not like it. All the best Mal
nice sky, nice contrast, nice subject.... nice picure
Mal: Thank you Neil, all the best MAL
  • chris p
  • United Kingdom
  • 3 Oct 2006, 20:04
Nice one Mal; it doesn't have an IR look on my laptop, it looks like a cracking mono shot.
Mal: Spot on Chris, I set the in camera settings also to red filter MAX which kind of offsets the IR effect. Mal
  • Tadpole
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 3 Oct 2006, 20:34
It isnt such a pronouced IR effect but the increased contrast between the stubble and the sky gives a rather disturbing effect. I like it
Mal: Spot on Paul, I set the in camera settings also to red filter MAX which kind of offsets the IR effect, therefore the filter acts as a glorified ND. Mal
  • Roland
  • France
  • 3 Oct 2006, 20:55
Did I told you that it is really a pleasure for me to have a visit in your world ? Thank you...
Roland
Mal: Hey Roland, glad to have you in my weird world. Mal
Fantastic shot. Very atmospheric. Great depth of field. No pun intended!
Mal: Hey Fret's, I always enjoy humour. Glad you like the image. Mal
  • BeakerSt
  • Shutterchance
  • 3 Oct 2006, 21:19
Damn, this is a subject that has proven elusive to me. Very impressed. Not sure if it's my monitor or just because it's IR, there's a little definition lost in the side of the dougal and just above it in the field. A little burning may help balance it out as the brightness is slightly pulling this down...hence only a 9.5/10
Mal: If I ever get a 10 from Mr S, I'll know I'm hot. Cheers Simon, let me know about Hull. Mal
  • Salar
  • United Kingdom
  • 3 Oct 2006, 21:30
On my monitor the picture is perfectly balanced. No hot spots, as BeakerSt noted. The picture itself is compositionally flawless. I love the contrast between the foreground and the sky, as well as the contrast between the near and the far. Very well done, Mal.

Cheers,
Mal: I've never been described as flawless Salar, and coming from you Oohh! I need a lesson in narrative though, so keep in touch. Mal
Well done Mal, It is so well balanced and B&w I love. The furrows always work well and a dramatic sky is always good.
Mal: Thank you Dan, really appreciate it. Mal
  • sk
  • UK
  • 3 Oct 2006, 23:00
one word...................friging awesome, oops thats two words, bloddy awesome
Mal: Hee hee,, Asiko, I so love your comments, there is no holding back with you my friend. All the best Mal
Are they still cutting corn in your neck of the woods? Classic shot, well executed. Why do you use IR filter rather than Photoshop?
Mal: Hey Digi, when did you get back from Paris? Yes, we are very backward on the eastern side of the country. Talk soon, All the best Mal
  • chunter
  • Salisbury, Wiltshire. UK
  • 4 Oct 2006, 09:00
Now this is a very good preesentation of an everyday scene - well, in harvest season anyway.

This looks very Wiltshire to me - it's all around where I live, but I haven't seen one presented this well. Hats off to you mal.
Mal: Thank you very much Colin, I appreciate it. It was taken near Pickering north yorkshire. Mal
You have me reeling with envy, while i have no choice but to admit, hesitantly of course, that you are a star. A stonker of a shot. For once, i'm lost for words...
Mal: Thank you Morenike, love your comments. Mal
Wow, wonderful shot. There aren't any hot spots on my monitor either, even though it's obvious that you pushed the contrast to the max. By the way, what camera do you use? I don't know what a red filter setting is and have never heard of a camera having one. Am I correct in assuming that the IR filter produces a color photo that you then convert to black and white? Sorry for all the questions but I'm ignorant when it comes to using an IR filter. How does the process work?
Mal: Hi Judith.

The camera is a canon 5D

This particular shot was taken with the camera set on black and white mode. The camera also has 4 electronic filter settings in b/w mode yellow, orange, red and green which mimic the filters we used to use with film when shooting b/w.

The filter is a Hoya R72 I/R. It was really designed to be used in conjunction with very fast I/R film. I'm really using it as a Monster ND filter to create or exagerate the movement of clouds in the sky. The filter is totally opaque to the human eye and adds 18 stops to your normal exposure setting so you need to compose the shot on the tripod without the filter fitted then fit the filter and take the shot. It also has the effect of turning green foliage almost white

http://home.twcny.rr.com/scho/newpics/galleries.html

http://perso.orange.fr/gerard.laurenceau/galer03/galer_03.htm

The above are a couple of good examples of the filter in use but i'm leaning very heavily toward the Gerard Laureceau stuff

All the best
Mal
  • manju
  • Singapore
  • 6 Oct 2006, 14:25
Brilliant photography !
  • Diya
  • Switzerland
  • 8 Oct 2006, 21:51
what to say...it is hard to find words for your shots Mal!!!

Diya
muy buena,sobre todo el cielo..las nubes

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