While ambling around a city I bacame fascinated by the spaces that have seemingly been excised from the environment, these are the sites that have been ereased in order to create something new, but they haven’t really been ereased at all – sure, the things that have formerly occupied these sites have been removed, but it feels to me like the sites themselves have retained or even gained some kind of resonant tennancy from this action of erasure. Kinda paradoxical really.
A new project maybe?
We’ll see I guess.
I’ve recently found myself on an unexpected, and not entirely welcome road trip, this far I’ve been travelling for a week or so, On a long boring bus trip I ran entirely out of things to do, so I decided to play with the digi infrared camera and see what came out – as it happens, I think I found something quite interesting.
There were some technical issues that were nearly insurmountable, namely the fact that I was on a bus that was travelling pretty quick and had a camera with a very slow shutter, but i don’t feel that really detracts from the images. They have an interesting feel to them, sorta new Zealand Gothic gothic I guess.
There were of course planty of tree’s – One big problem was that the weather was cloudy and cold for some part, thus given that I was working with a camera that primarily see’s IR and UV I didn’t have much light to work with.
The shutter speeds also gave something of a differential focus effect, caused by the relitive speeds of near and far things.
Streams seem to reflect UV light, at the angles that the UV wasn’t reflected the IR recording saw the water as black.
The JPG clipping was also extremely noticable – you can see it here at the top of the tree.
And there’s a selection of 3-400 photo’s taken in a prolonged fit of boredom…
Taking the Infrared thing a bit further – I’ve been using lighting gels to modify the ccd of the camera I’m using, it’s a little daunting to go into the internals of a digital camera for someone like me who’s used to fiddling with hald century old mechanical camera’s – but it’s fairly basic to dissassemble and reassemble them when you’ve done it a few times (took me 6 tries to get it right).
This is the result of the modification I decided to run with – it wasn’t the technique that i’ve heard of other people using – I used a couple of layers of lighting filter on the ccd itself to drastically cut down the transmission of visible light. I kinda like the results like this – and i can add filters in front of the lens to alter stuff from here. None of these are photoshopped at all – they were printed at a digital lab and then scanned (I’m on a road trip and forgot to bring my usb cable).
This is the result when the flash fires, as you can see I used a blue filter – the auto white balance seems to cope with this when the flash is off – there’s still plenty of IR light in this shot to make the tree’s yellow. when there isn’t strong sunlight the whole image goes to dark blue.
And this is the result of adding a yellow filter to the front of the lens, black and white infrared – kinda interesting I think 😀