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    Posted: 09 June 2019 at 22:29
These are a couple of images from walking through parks of my hometown - all in IR. #1 - #7: Sanssouci Park, #8 - #12: Babelsberg Park.

#1 Klausberg Belvedere in the back



#2 Orangery Palace - side view



#3 Orangery Palace - front



#4 Orangery Palace - statue of King Frederick William IV



#5 Orangery Palace - looking outside



#6 Fountain nymphs on sea lions



#7 Sanssouci Palace



#8 Court loggia ("Gerichtslaube")



#9 Court loggia - arcades



#9 Babelsberg Castle



#10 Babelsberg Castle



#11 Babelsberg Castle



#12 Glienicker Bruecke (where the spies have been exchanged during the Cold War)


Sony A5100 IR-converted (720nm), #1-#7: Sony E F/3.5-5.6 16-50mm PZ OSS, #8 - #12: CZ Vario-Tessar F/4 16-35mm

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Harald,
A beautiful set of a very beautiful setting! The physical embodiment of the Age of Enlightenment in a place that nurtured all the creative arts.
Personally, I'd like to see some natural renditions (both in full colour, as well as black and white), as comparisons.
I'm a bit on the fence when it comes to IR. Not sure if I really like seeing things defined by their radiated heat-waves rather than their optical spectrum.
That being said, there are some very fine images here, albeit other-worldly and somewhat surrealistic in their rendering, of which my favourites are ##2, 3, 5, 8, 10.
Thanks for sharing.
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#5 & #9 are my picks and to me these are the ones that benefit the most from the IR perspective (I would be curious to see them in color or B&W for a comparaison).
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Post Options Post Options   Quote waldo_posth Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 June 2019 at 20:36
Unfortunately on my walk through Sannssouci park I had only my IR camera with me. The following four color examples are taken in the Babelsberg park.

#13 Court loggia



#14 Babelsberg Castle



#14 Detail Babelsberg Castle



#15 View of Havel river and Glienicker Bruecke from Babelsberg park


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Post Options Post Options   Quote AudioDoc Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 June 2019 at 04:43
Beautiful set, Harald! Excellent compostion on all of the last 4! I'm a sucker for castles, well Historic European architecture in general. It always sparks my curiosity of what secrets they hold and the stories they could tell!

The IR photos are simply superb! 9 and 10 are favorites. love the composition of #10. It has a great sense of depth to it. Great work as usual!

Kind regards,

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The subject matter lends itself beautifully to IR and you have captured them beautifully.
I love IR photography and seeing these shots makes want to get into it again. Really motivating and well executed.

My personal favourites are #1,2,7&9. I love the composition and geometry in these. Well done
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IR "rulez" :) I love this series.
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#5 and #10 are the best imho. Great series, thank you for sharing.
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Great series. I like almost all of them tbh but number 7 is my favorite. Tfs.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Micholand Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 June 2019 at 18:58
Well composed IR-series Harald, no doubt.
But to be honest with you, my gut feeling is that this IR-series is a bit too greyish in the end and the +0.7EV you used was not enough compensation during the IR-capture to also have pure white tones in the end

IMO the series would benefit if the highlights are pushed a bit more in PP to bring out some more white
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Post Options Post Options   Quote waldo_posth Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 June 2019 at 21:20
Thank you all for your kind comments - I know that IR is not everybody's cup of tea.

Originally posted by Micholand Micholand wrote:

Well composed IR-series Harald, no doubt.
But to be honest with you, my gut feeling is that this IR-series is a bit too greyish in the end and the +0.7EV you used was not enough compensation during the IR-capture to also have pure white tones in the end

IMO the series would benefit if the highlights are pushed a bit more in PP to bring out some more white
Of course this is my 0.02$ and you can disagree


Actually I try to avoid the "pure white" depiction of greens by IR images - and I am not really consistent enough (#3 is not "grey enough", IMO). The idea behind it is some approximation to a B/W "reality" that is already modified by color filters. The 720nm IR filter on the A5100 sensor is a limiting point here - and my next step will be a full spectrum camera and experimenting with different filters. I would love to have an achromatic camera body (like the Phaseone XF IQ3 or at least a Leica Monochrome) - maybe I am able to rent one some day.

So yes, I disagree.
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I'm captivated. I enojyed the series until #5 when my jaw dropped. It's been a while since I was so taken with an image. The ethereal light on the statue & the distance is captivating. And underscored by the shadowy foreground. (I think you've accepted some closed shadows there & I believe the image is better for it.) It seems like the statue is about to stroll off into the setting sun! Highly evocative.

I really love 6 & 10 as well.

Really enjoyed them. TFS
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What a great series, Harald and I enjoy the IR just as much as the Colour series if I'm honest. It shows Potsdam off to great effect and, dare I say, makes it well worth visiting for those of us who have been neither aware nor adventurous enough to consider it in the past!

In the IR series I'm particularly taken by the wider shots in that set - namely 7 through 11 - and, in the colour additions, #'s 13 and 14 are particularly pleasing. There's detail and interest aplenty in all of them though and it's a fine advert for what looks like a wonderful part of there world. Almost worthy off a Dyxum Meet one could suppose....?

Thanks for sharing and best regards, Neil.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote waldo_posth Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 June 2019 at 21:21
Tony, Neil - thank you for your kind comments.

I still have to finish my round through the parks here - Tudor style Cecilienhof Castle and its park are still missing. Currently parks are closed because of six-hour thunderstorm last night that brought some floodings and hurt a lot of trees.

A Dyxum meet would be welcome, of course (we have a metropolitan area in the vicinity, as an additional incentive)!
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