Hanging around Manteo, North Carolina, on the Outerbanks, courtesy of Al, Donna, Chester and Maya. Very relaxing and wonderful (thanks!) but the light has been a struggle. The vegetation is popping here, too early as it is in many other parts of the U.S. However, you wouldn’t have known in this morning. The ocean of course brings with it humidity, stark contrasts between hot and cold, and fog. It looked like it was clearing around 9, so I thought I’d try some infrared shoots, going for a different look in an area that has been photographed, a lot! Infrared though, at its best requires sun, shadows and chlorophyll. In the absence of those elements, things can get tough. Nevertheless, the marsh and the sea tried to be helpful, as did a passing boat.
Design elements, shapes and leading lines are still visible. The Causeway Bridge and the NC State boat ramp near by also helped out.
And some more relaxed ducks.
We will continue to be vigilant, for other opportunities as they arise.
Incidently, in the image above, “One of these things is not like the other” (with apologies to Sesame Street). Can you spot it?
Tech note and tech word of warning: Images captured with an infrared converted Nikon D200, converted to black and white in Lightroom 4, and tweaked with George De Wolfe’s PercepTool, which is a very powerful set of Photoshop actions that I highly recommend.
Now for the tech word of warning! I am a huge fan of Lightroom, and Lightroom 4 looks great to me, so far, with one rather substantial exception. This is technical, but I’ll try to make it brief. Those of you who use Lightroom know that you can easily send an image into Photoshop for pixel level work, etc. Up to this time, that image was then rendered in Photoshop quite nicely using whatever tonal changes you made in Lightroom. In other words, where you started in Photoshop reflected exactly where you left off in Lightroom. That is not the case using Lightroom 4 at this time. If you send your image into Photoshop CS5, you will find that the images does not look like it did in Lightroom 4. This is a major problem and my perusal of the various Adobe internet fora suggests to me that Adobe is on the case. However, the problem has not yet been fixed. What to do? When you hit control or command E to send your Lightroom 4 image into Photoshop, you will get a warning dialogue box saying that because ACR 7 is not installed, you must choose between several options before you go into Photoshop. One of those, thankfully is, “Render using Lightroom Adjustments” or words to that effect. That’s the right answer. If you are like me, and blythely turned that warning dialogue box off, you can go to Lightroom preferences and look for an icon that allows you to “reset all warning dialogue boxes” or words to that effect. It’s always something when it comes to software isn’t! And don’t even get me started on Nikon Capture NX2 and Nikon software support. I would not recommend that one two punch to my worst enemy. Nikon makes great cameras, but their software is problematic and their technical support for software is poor, at best.