Just recently, I have changed my workflow of digital processing. 90% of the post-processing was done by only Adobe Photoshop, but I am more rely on Adobe Lightroom lately since I found cropping tool of the LR was more user friendly than PS and I can publish from the process of the cropping tool. I mean I do not have to create extra cropped versions of the image files by PS before publishing. Adjustment Brush tool of the LR is…good enough for the most of retouching. I still like masking and curve by PS when changing contrast.
But I did not know the fact Adobe Lightroom was such a computer processor power eater. My 5 years old computer with Core 2 Duo was not usable. If you are trying to selecting area by brushing tool and you can see the covered area 30 second later, how efficient is it? So I gave up the machine and I upgraded computer. Now CPU is Intel Core i5 with 8G memory. Furthermore, I installed SSD (solid-state-drive) for Windows 7, all programs, and Lightroom catalog and cash area. Now LR is somewhat stress free. PS? Oh, I did not know why I waited for such a long time to upgrade the computer. So I put all new parts together within 1.5 hrs. Having said that I am still working on installing programs. I may be a computer geek but not smart enough to prepare all necessary product keys.
This time I tried infrared photos for urban photography, and the result is pretty good, I guess. The day I took was nice sunny day and a lot of lights, so this photo was taken for a handheld. The top photo is taken by the same camera, converted by Lightroom with “B&W orange filter”. The bottom one is infrared. I adjusted contrast.
B&W orange filter - Vancouver
New years day of Vancouver - Infrered
Infrared one has very dramatic sky. On the other hand, buildings of the regular B&W show more details.
I am not surprised if someone said he or she does not like infrared photography. It is fun to play with. IR photography characteristically achieves high contrast and dramatic images. But it is not magic tool. There are suitable subjects and light conditions for IR photography. Sunny day lights and interesting cloud patterns do not go wrong most of the times.