|Rest stop near Pindonning Michigan - Infrared|
|Lilac buds - Infrared|
The next stop on the road to something different is this macro shot of lilac buds. The lilac blooms are done here in Southeast Michigan but they were just starting to open in the North Country. This image was captured with a Nikon D90 with a 720 nm standard IR conversion. I used the LifePixel white balance preset and deliberately underexposed the shot. This photo is very close to the out-of-camera image. I adjusted the contrast and the levels and decreased the brightness a little but this is it. What makes this image different is the burgundy background and the green lilac buds. The combination doesn't scream IR when you look at it. When shooting flowers, I often use a diffuser or a fill flash to even out the lighting. In this case, I embraced the uneven lighting because it appeared more natural to me.
|Steering wheel emblem - Infrared|
The farthest departure from a “normal” IR photograph is this emblem from my steering wheel. It reminds me of a hot branding iron. The texture in the leather provides an interesting offset. This was taken with the LifePixel preset and the details were brought out using NIK Software’s Detail Extractor and the Dark Contrasts filter.
I hope this will inspire you to try something different too.