Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Mission San Cayetano de Tumacácori

The mission San Cayetano de Tumacácori is located on the east bank of the Santa Cruz River approximately 30 minutes south of the city of Tubac AZ. Sandy and I went there in hopes of photographing this historical site in infrared.
Here's as good as any place to place a technical warning. I hope to discuss the capture of and later post processing of the images as well as share samples.

The images were all captured with a Canon 1DsII that had been converted to fulltime infrared (IR) capture using a 665nm filter. The conversion was performed by Precision Camera and has given me remarkable results. The lens is a Canon 24-105mm that had been used to properly focus the camera for IR photography.

I normally use Phase One Capture One 4 Pro software to work on my medium format images before sending them to Adobe's Photoshop (CS4). I quickly learned that the very nature of fulltime IR and the white balance needed required me to use Canon's Digital Pro Professional (DPP). Shooting IR has added a step (or two) to my normal workflow however the results are well worthwhile. The filter I'm using allows me the flexibility of either false color or black and white depending on the image processed.

We'll be adding more images from the mission within the next couple days so please stay tuned.

Thank you for allowing us to share our images and as always we welcome your comments.


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