Category: "Infrared Converted Digital SLR"
I’m finally starting to run out of IR / HDR shots from my vacation last March - guess I should think about another trip somewhere…
Anyhow - some more shots of Chesapeake City. As I mentioned in my last post about this great little town, a massive bridge dominates the scene. Nonetheless, it is home to a very pleasant main street and lots of nice little shops. Here’s another photo of the main drag - Bohemia Street - on a warm March afternoon:
And here is an interesting building located downtown on the corner of Bohemia and 2896 - this is a glass works, I can’t remember the name:
And a couple of glimpses of the side streets:
And a parting shot of the bridge taken from the north side of the canal:
Ok - back to photos from my trip last March to Maryland and D.C. I’d better post these before I forget about them…
Chesapeake City was one of our last stops during our eastern shore tour of historic Maryland Towns. With somewhat narrow streets and mostly wood framed buildings, it was a bit quieter and less architecturally impressive than some other locales. But it more than made up for that with a really relaxed atmosphere and some really interesting stores. I even bought some stuff, which is pretty uncommon.
A bridge, which has Maryland Route 213 running over it, dominates the town. Per Wikipedia, the bridge is 500 feet tall. Needless to say, where ever you are in town, when you look up you see the bridge. (Well, unless you have your back to the bridge.) For being so big, it’s hard to get a clear shot of the bridge. Here’s my best effort from the downtown area:
And here’s a fine old home. Like I said, the bridge seems to dominate the place:
And again with the bridge:
Lastly - a snapshot of the downtown retail area. As you can see, it is a most pleasant and enjoyable place. At least, I found to be very enjoyable with some really nice shops:
As before - these are digital infrared shots, processed in Photomatix with other digital enhancements. A few more shots from Chesapeake City will be coming up…
Here are a few more snapshots from Chestertown, Maryland. All of these are, again, digital infrared tone mapped images.
First off - another fine old home:
And here is the old Courthouse near the center of town:
Emmanuel Episcopal Church - another very old landmark in the center of town:
Don’t have the precise name of this, but it was a Methodist Church near the downtown area:
Lastly, a commercial building, somewhere in town. I like the nice clean lines of these old brick buildings:
Next - Chesapeake City, MD!
One of the most relaxing days on our vacation was visiting Maryland’s eastern shore, and a visit to Chestertown was the highlight of that excursion. Chestertown is rich in history and architecture, and the downtown shopping district is home many interesting shops. (You can learn more about the town here.)
Here is a fine old Georgian (I think) style home located on the waterfront - again, digital infrared with a little hand coloring on the shrubs:
Here’s a shot looking back at the city from the waterfront:
Another landmark - the Imperial Hotel, which is located on High Street near the center of the city:
Lastly - The fountain in the fountain in the center of the city park:
More shots will be coming.
Earlier this month I received news that one of my photos had been accepted into the West Michigan Area Show at the Kalamazoo Institute of Art. Frequent visitors will recognize In Indiana - a digital infrared shot taken last summer just outside of Tipton, Indiana. I dropped off the piece last Thursday, and plan to attend the opening reception next Friday, May 6. More about the Area Show and the KIA can be found here.
Here are a few more photos from my visit to Washington DC a few weeks ago.
For starters - the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center:
Reminds me of Guild Heighliner…
All of these are taken with the infrared converted Pentax K10-d. I’ve found that the Photomatix software is great for processing digital IR shots, even when they are not HDR shots. The shot above was just a single exposure, taken with a custom white balance, run through Photomatix, and the processed in Photoshop (channel swapping and the usual dodging and burning / overall tone and contrast adjustments.) I like the effects that Photomatix adds…
Another shot - a statue outside of the National Archives - again, single exposure digital IR:
Under this statue is written “Eternal Vigilance is the Price of Liberty.” The dude in the statue looks formidable.
Lastly, here’s an actual HDR shot of the Lincoln Memorial. I took the exposure on a cloudy and overcast day, actually in a light rain, so the IR effect is very light and the contrast is extremely low. No way to tease any color out of this image - I resorted to the hand coloring technique earlier, here is a straight B&W: