Colour or Infrared : Which is better
It is a silly question really, because it all depends, well, on a lot of things. When I went to Tasmania I took the Infrared (IR) camera with me. I wasn’t sure I would use it a lot, but then I discovered that it was great for some subjects. Trees especially, even more so if they are dead. However, there were some other subjects that were a surprise to me.
Some of you said that you wanted to see images in both IR and normal, so for many places I took both cameras and when I took photos with one, I then took them with the other. The lenses weren’t the same, but they do give you an idea of what they both look like.
When we traveling from Coles Bay to Hobart we stopped in a town called Buckland. there was a small church that had been built by convicts in 1846. I did find some history on it from Wikipedia, “the church was constructed as a replica of the church at Cookham Dean in Sussex and is famous for its 14th Century stained glass window. This stunning window is thought to have been originally designed for the Battle Abbey in England and was brought to Buckland by the Reverend F. H. Cox, Rector of the church from 1846-48.” It is on the list of places to visit.
I put up a IR image on Instagram and Facebook, but wanted to wait until I could do the comparison here before posting it. I played with the colour image yesterday, and this is it.
It looks nice, I think, and it really is a gorgeous church. We found the churches there so different with their graveyards in the church grounds. I know it is something that the English do, which is probably why it was done here. However, in the state I live in, the graveyards are rarely, if ever next to a church like this.
I also did an IR image of the church. I wasn’t quite standing in the same place, unfortunately. I also hand coloured the image to see if I could do it.
I probably didn’t get the stone colour right, but I’m okay with it. The sky happens because of the IR, and I can manipulate it in Photoshop. I haven’t worked out if I can do that in Lightroom yet.
It is interesting how they both turned out. I do like how the IR immediately gives an mood, and I have to do more to colour images. Though with IR you have that eternal winter look, which I don’t mind. Hand colouring them is an interesting idea and I will explore that a lot more. I don’t know how much I will do, but I’ll see how I go.
This is the comparison. I do think it is a good idea to do both to start. It helps you to see when you get back to your computer what works and what doesn’t. I have only had it for a few weeks and at the moment I am still exploring to see what I feel works well. I will do more posts on this. It is a lot of fun using something new and exploring the world with it.