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Pagoda dreams (IR)

As you probably already saw from my photostream I like some photo-experiments ;-) Now the time has come to try some Infrared (IR) photography!


Internet says that my D80 is the worst camera for this kind of pictures, because it has the most advanced "hot mirror" - the filter installed over the photo-sensor and blocking all infrared light. However I didn't know that when ordering my Hoya R72 filter :) So I just decided to give my camera a try. And here is the result! Of course to get good exposure I had to keep the shutter open for a little bit more than 1 minute (64 sec.) - it's much more compared to few seconds (or less) needed for, e.g., Nikon D70s. But to my opinion result appeared to be not so bad. Image was finally processed in Photoshop - the colors which you see here are false colors - result of tweaking of color channels, curves and hue/saturation controls.


Below in one of my comments you can find the original out-of-the-camera image (before it was tweaked in Photoshop).


On the photo you see the part of Koshoji Temple and its five story pagoda on the left.


Koshoji Temple, which was established by the Tokugawa family, dates from the 17th century and consists of a number of fine buildings including an impressive five-storey wooden pagoda completed in 1808. The temple and grounds of its attached graveyard are situated in pleasant woodland on Yagoto Hill just a few minutes walk towards Imaike from Yagoto on the Iida-kaido. Koshoji temple hosts an annual "1,000-Lantern Festival" at the harvest moon and is a pleasant place to walk or just relax.





Seen on Explore! Highest position: 51 (February 13, 2007)



Also it featured in some places on the Internet:


-- Selected as a Photo of the Day for the METROPOLIS Magazine

-- Blogged at the Everyday in Japan Blog


-Added to theCream of the Crop pool as my personal favorite.


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Taken on February 12, 2007