|Vicki silhouette high contrast|
This first photo shows Vicki lit by two candles, one a tall taper and the other a low pillar to provide more diffuse light on her left side. The candles were very close together.This single point-source creates dramatic shadows and contrasts.The photo was taken at f/4 and 1/13 sec.The Exposure Value (EV) was decreased by 3EVs. If I had been paying attention, I could have captured the same image at 1/100 sec and no EV compensation. Once again, this shows how much IR light is present. Candles produce more infrared light than visible light.
|Vicki IR 580nm|
Yes, I could have taken these candlelight photos using a standard camera but shooting them with an IR converted camera is so much easier. I was able to light the room and my subject with an LED light and the light did not contribute to the photo. I did not have to fumble with the camera in the dark and the D90 was able to autofocus. Finally, I could have used a faster shutter speed to reduce camera shake and subject movement.
|Grater and Shadow 830nm|
I chose the Deep Infrared (830nm) camera for this shot because I wanted a black and white image. Post-processing was amazingly easy. I used the Levels function to set the black point, added some contrast, cropped and sharpened the image about 15% in PhotoShop CS5. This processing could easily be done in PS Elements or any entry-level photo processing software. Even with the stronger light-blocking characteristics of the IR 830nm camera, I could have taken this at f/6.3 and 1/8sec.
When the shooting was done, we refilled our wine glasses, watched a movie, and had a very pleasant evening together.