Abstracting the Seascape

I was shooting with the new Olympus E-3 dSLR down at the beach and decided to create some abstracted seascapes by shooting in infrared and making use of the long exposures.
My first outing with the Olympus E-3 dSLR was off to the beach, specifically back beach (the ocean beach) at Sorrento in Victoria, Australia. While there, apart from the normal shooting, I put a Hoya R-72 infrared filter on the camera and shot in the f4 and 4 seconds, 200ISO to f8, 15 seconds exposure range. This gave a good exposure on the green channel for a monochrome conversion. I made use of the long exposure to blur the water and create, to greater ad lesser degrees, abstracted seascapes. Some of the results are below.

The E-3 is a great camera to shoot IR with, given that it has live preview and an eyepiece blind. The E-3 is available from B&H Photo in NY, as well as other great stockists worldwide.

First, the least abstracted images. Please also note these are only my first pass over these images. I would expect to improve them with localized contrast work.

Infrared photography with the Olympus E-3

Infrared photography with the Olympus E-3

And now for some more abstracted ones.

Infrared photography with the Olympus E-3

Infrared photography with the Olympus E-3

Infrared photography with the Olympus E-3

Infrared photography with the Olympus E-3

Infrared photography with the Olympus E-3

Infrared photography with the Olympus E-3

Infrared photography with the Olympus E-3

One benefit of choosing one channel for the mono conversion is that you can sometimes get three quite different images depending on which channel you choose. Here are the red, green and blue channels of one image, each adjusted as appropriate.

Infrared photography with the Olympus E-3

Infrared photography with the Olympus E-3

Infrared photography with the Olympus E-3

Tags:

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply