There was a particularly strong Halo here a few days ago. (all taken with a Sony RX100)
Infra Red experiments with the Sony RX100 / Hoya R72 filter
Having experimented with many settings, I’ve decide to stick to shooting RAW, with a custom white balance. In the time I’ve been spending with this combination, I’ve been getting some very interesting results (IMO !), but the camera and the IR filter combination together can produce the ‘mysterious magenta centre spot‘. I can’t pinpoint this down to a specific combination of settings. It’s really a bit hit and miss, sometimes it’s not present at all, other times very present.
Here’s a jpg of a RAW file straight from camera (with pronounced magenta spot) Before processing
Here’s the processed version (see below for explanation)
The magenta spot kind of forced me into looking at black and white processing, primarily. I came across a tip on the B+W site IR filter site, regarding converting the image into ‘Lab color’ mode and converting the ‘lightness’ channel to grayscale, I found this yielded interesting results. When I started looking at IR in general, I was very disappointed when my images looked nothing like a lot of examples I’d seen online, I tried the channel mixer settings that most people do and a few other things too. I’ve got more to learn indeed !
Here’s a selection of assorted recent shots (mid July)
Igneous Flame Update, May 2014
I’m concurrently working on two projects at present, ‘Ikon’ and ‘Iris’, they will both be released later this year. The current state of play of these two projects is as follows:
‘Ikon’ – I’m currently concentrating on this one, it will be significantly different to anything else I’ve released, in that it is beat / percussion based with elements of ‘regular’ instrumentation with drone ‘overlays’. This has been a very time consuming project and it feels like it will never be finished – there’s always still more to do. Saying that, it will be completed soon (I hope !)
‘Iris’ – A much more ‘traditional’ work, primarily based around the guitar. Regular instrumentation and a focus on more formally musical compositions are in order for this one. Will end up as a large (two hours-ish) release. Will probably be finished towards the end of the year.
‘Kaleidoscope‘ (free track)
I recently finished a new track called ‘Kaleidoscope’, it’s available as a free download, which is very good value, as it’s fourteen minutes long !
On another note, having acquired a new camera, I’m getting back more into photography and I’m also looking at video work currently. I updated my copy of Sony Vegas Studio (suite), so I have lots of lovely new plugins to peruse and as the new camera (Sony RX100) takes pretty darn good video, it has inspired me to look into such things further.
Maxa at 14 and a half
Our hound Maxa is now almost 14 and half years old. She’s very much showing her age, but she’s still very ‘young at heart’ at the same time.
She’s a rescue dog, we got her from Leeds Dog Trust and she was hard work for most of her youth ! She’s still very wilfull, but age has tempered her somewhat. She’s a great companion, very affectionate, but still a bit of a monster from time to time. She loves pottering and digging in the garden and saying hello to people she meets on her brief walks out.
Here’s a selection of shots taken of her recently, as you can see she’s pretty grey, but her eyes are still clear (and her bark is still very audible !) and her mind is still pretty sharp. All images taken with a Sony RX 100, some processed, some not.