John C. House

John C. House

Posted on 07/13/2013

Photo taken on July  4, 2013

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Pond Study I

Pond Study I
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Black and white images do not seem to be so popular on Flickr, in part I suppose because the tiny thumbnails do not get much attention without the help of color, and in part because black and white is just not that popular compared with color images. I'm still pretty fond of black and white, though, especially when it involves the somewhat surreal quality provided by an infrared capture.

From time to time I will set out with the D70s I had converted to infrared and see what I can find. It is something of a challenge to shoot with black and white in mind, because you have to visualize the scene knowing what it will look like after the conversion while actually seeing it in color. When shooting infrared, there is the additional shift in how to visualize the scene, since grass, leaves and other green foliage will reflect more infrared light, making them lighter or even white. I love the effect, and overcast days without direct sunshine make it possible to make a capture without the foliage being blown out. Infrared also does a good job of capturing the drama in the sky when there is some.

This little pond is on private property along a country road not far from our house. There has been a lot of rain recently so it was pretty full and the overcast day allowed the trees to reflect among the foliage floating on the water. The flock of ducks that often frequent the place were huddled off by the barn, refusing to model for me, but the infrared capture makes for a surreal enough scene even without them.

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