Sat 23-Mar-13 01:27 AM | edited Wed 27-Feb-13 11:24 PM by domer2760
I posted a version of this in the portrait and studio photography forum but I thought I would share this one with the infrared group. This is an impromptu portrait of my friend Vicki. For those of you who are wondering, Vicki's hair is white and her eyes are brown. Interesting things happen in IR photography.
IR captures produce porcelain-like skin tones and I just went with it. Post processing included levels, contrast, sharpening, and BW conversion in Adobe CS5. At the end, I threw away the green and blue channels as Mark (LastDaylight)suggested. (and you thought I wasn't paying attention!)
Love it, Dan. The eyes are wonderful, and that great IR porcelain skin... Maybe just a touch of focus softness around the nose - that might not be such a bad thing. I'd say, whatever processing technique you're using is working (And, I bet it's rare that you are accused of not paying attention.)
Mark Smith Just like I previsualized it, more or less...
Thanks again Mark. I was studying the IR portrait you posted in the "Favorite IR Photos from 2012" thread and tried to produce an image that was comparable. I did not quite make it with this one but I am getting better.
You are correct about the softness around the nose. There is not a lot of DOF at f/3 and I should have stopped down a bit more. My usual style is to try for a high contrast photo that is very sharp. After one of my previous portrait attempts, Vicki informed me that really sharp portraits are not very flattering. I probably overcompensated on this one.