Monthly Archives: November 2014

Swapping the red and blue channels

Swapping the red and blue channels for IR photography from Scott Wood on Vimeo.

In this short screencast I show how to swap the red and blue channels using Adobe Photoshop CC. This is very useful with IR photography

I thought I would do a quick screencast tutorial on swapping the red and blue channels in an image using Adobe Photoshop CC.  Swapping color channels is a tool that can be used in almost any type of photography, but swapping the red and blue channels is a very powerful tool for IR photography

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Astoria in IR

Astoria IR

An IR captured image of the Columbia River captured in Astoria, OR

Back in early October the Olympia Camera Club took a photo field trip to Cape Disappointment which is about as far southwest in Washington state as you can get, any further south and you are in Oregon, and further west you are in the Pacific Ocean.  During that trip we made a little side trip over the Columbia River and into Astoria, OR to do a little shooting, it is from the site of the Astoria Column that I made this image with one of my IR converted cameras.

I have already shared some images from that trip, here, here, here and here, but this is the first image I have shared that I captured on the Astoria leg of the day.

As always, I hope that you enjoy this image, I had a great time making it, and as is the case most of the time, you can click on the image to see a larger version.

Posted in IR photography

I90 Lights

I90 Lights

Light trails at the I90-I5 intercahnge in Seattle from the 12th Ave. Bridge

This, I90 Lights, is shot from the 12th. Ave. bridge in Seattle, WA. This bridge is also Jose Rizal Bridge and is a very popular photographic destination. As a matter of face, I have shot from here a number of time.

I have shared image from here before and while I haven’t always shared images from those shoots, I thought I would share this one as it was with a group of local photographers during a a little night shooting get together in Seattle.  It was a fun night with a great group of people.

While this isn’t my favorite composition from the bridge, I am happy with the image and hope that you enjoy it.

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The Seymour Conservatory

iPhone macro of a flower at the Seymour Conservatory

iPhone macro of a flower at the Seymour Conservatory

If you have followed me either here on my blog or on any of the social media outlets that I frequent you will know that I am a big fan of local camera clubs.  Camera clubs have been around a long time, long before the advent of digital photography and the entire online social world we are not a part of.  While the social media circles that we all run in are great, and there is a huge pool of knowledge to pull from, they are no substitute for actual face to face interaction with local photographers, and local camera clubs are a great way to accomplish that.  Take this past weekends Olympia Camera Club’s field trip to the Seymour Conservatory in Tacoma.

It is very easy to get wrapped up in the online world of photography.  You make friends and share images, but the sad fact is that you rarely get the opportunity to meet those people and shoot when them.  With a local camera club, you are meeting people face to face, interacting with and becoming friends with other local photographers.  If you are lucky, you local camera club has regular trips out shooting.


iPhone snapshot of the OCC President, Colleen, during a recent field trip

This trip to the Seymour Conservatory is a perfect example.  I carried 2 camera bodies and a tripod.  I was setup for some serious macro photography, but when all was said and done I spent more time chatting with other club members and actually made more images with my iPhone than I did with my Nikon D7000 and D610 combined.  As a matter of fact, all 3 images in this blog post were made with my iPhone 6.


Two scarecrows on display at the W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory in Tacoma during a recent OCC field trip

If you aren’t a member of a local camera club I would encourage you to seek on out and see if it is a fit for you.  It is a great opportunity for local networking, education and discovering new places to make images.  Who knows, you might even make a new real life friend or two.

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Sea Grass

The sun sets behind some grass near the Pacific Ocean

The sun sets behind some grass near the Pacific Ocean

After what seems like a lot of black and white images here on the photoblog I decided it was time to put a splash of color back onto the site.  This image of sea grass was shot a number of weeks ago during a club field trip with the Olympia Camera Club.

I realize that this image is a lot different than what I normally share, but I do enjoy making images like this.  I enjoy them and hope that you do too.

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