Sabbaday

Robert LussierNew Hampshire, Olympus OM-D, White MountainsLeave a Comment

Sabbaday Falls, White Mountains

This image is kind of a throwback for me. When I first started shooting digital I read that it was possible to shoot in infrared providing that the image sensor on your camera was receptive to infrared light. To determine this, all you have to do is point a standard television IR remote control at your camera and look on the LCD in live view. If you can see the light, you are good to go — almost.  You also need to get a 72R filter — a filter that blocks out visible light allowing only Infrared light to pass through the lens to the sensor. The filter appears opaque, like a 10-stop ND, so care in framing and focus are key.

My first DSLR, the Nikon D70 was IR sensitive, so I purchased a 72R filter for it and did quite a bit of IR shooting. That was about 10 years and at least a couple of cameras ago. Nikon saw fit to place a filter to block IR light over the sensor on subsequent models so, since I sold my D70, my 72R filter sat idle. The only way to shoot IR would be to have the camera’s sensor converted so it sees exclusively infrared light. A great solution if you have a secondary camera and plan to do a lot of IR shooting!

So, fast forward. I still own a Nikon D700 (which I can’t shoot IR with), but also shoot with an Olympus OM-D E-M1 Micro Four Thirds camera. A couple of months ago I (literally) dusted off my old 72R filter and tried it out on the Olympus. I was pleasantly surprised to see that it nicely captured IR. Which brings us to this image.

This is Sabbaday Falls — one of the gorgeous waterfalls found in the White Mountains of New Hampshire along the Kancamagus Highway. I shot it this past weekend using the Olympus, the 12-40 lens and the 72R filter.

The raw file in IR renders in either green or red, depending on the sensor (see the image below), so getting the initial exposure is only the start of the process. I have a few more images from this shoot to share, so if there is interest, I’ll walk through my processing in a separate post.

Robert LussierSabbaday

An Office

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Last Saturday my friend Steven and I hosted what I think was our fifth Historic Mills Photography Workshop. This one was rather special. We brought about 10 eager and talented photographers through five buildings at three different mills in Lawrence: The Pacific, the Everett and the Stone. With all that space to shoot it soon became clear that this workshop was going to be heavy on shooting.

Steven and I had both shot in the Pacific Mill before but this was the first time we were able to hose a workshop there. It was a big hit with our participants and Steven and I even got to join in on the shooting fun. This is one of my shots — not your typical mill shot.

Like most of these buildings, the Pacific has a mix of raw space that echoes back to its 19th century prime and space that has been renovated to accommodate specific needs of the tenants.  This is empty offices on one of the renovated areas.

I loved the pastel colors, the light from the windows and the simple shapes. And I especially love the “lighter” feeling of abandonment I got from the scene.

Robert LussierAn Office

Rocky Gorge

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This is Rocky Gorge, the most easily accessible waterfall along the picturesque Kancamagus Highway that links the towns of Lincoln and Conway, New Hampshire. I shot it last summer during a weekend visit to the White Mountains.

Rocky Gorge is also a pretty popular swimming hole, so getting shot of it that is void of people can be challenging (not that there’s anything wrong with people).

I lucked out in the timing of my visit. Though it was a warm summer day, the people who were bouncing around the Gorge were few and they were pretty spread out. And the 10-stop filter worked really well in ghosting out any souls roaming on the rocks above these rapid falls. 

Robert LussierRocky Gorge

Pawtucket Falls Dusk

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Here is another shot from dusk of the Pawtucket Falls on the Merrimack River in Lowell, MA. Just to prove I can still produce color images.

Seriously though, we were not treated to the most spectacular of skills on this excursion, but the golden light reflecting off of the water at sunset made our night.

Robert LussierPawtucket Falls Dusk

Pawtucket Falls

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I took advantage of a local Facebook photography meet-up to get my ass out to shoot this past weekend. The location was Pawtucket Falls in Lowell, MA. The falls run over a dam on rapidly flowing and particularly rocky section of the river. 

While I got a few shots of the subdued sunset over the falls that I am happy with, this is my favorite from the night — a tight shot of water flowing over the dam. I went with a contrasty black and white approach using NIK SilverEfexPro 2. I leveraged a preset and applied a couple of tweaks.

I shot this with my Olympus OM-D E-M1 and the fantastic 12-40mm Pro Zoom lens with a B&W 10-Stop ND filter.

 

Robert LussierPawtucket Falls

Flatirons Again

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Here is another take on the Flatirons shrouded in clouds. Unlike the one I posted the other day, this one has never seen the light of day. I overlooked it initially and never gave it a second thought.

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Flatirons

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Here is a reprocessed version of an older image.  These are the Flatirons in Boulder, Colorado. I shot the image about 5 years ago when I was there to run the Bolder Boulder 10K — the biggest Memorial Day Race in the country. It features an incredible post-race Memorial Day tribute.

 

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Before Dawn

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Austin Nevada

I think I need to go back to central Nevada to do more shooting. Since my original trip in 2012 I find myself contemplating the things I would do differently or lamenting the opportunities I missed — like not shooting the ghost  town of Berlin because I got lost!

But until I pull the trigger on that trip I have the images I shot in 2012 — I am still finding images that need processing from that batch. This is one of them.

I woke early one morning, well before dawn, and decided to head up through the pass to try to catch a shot of the town at dawn. Well dawn was a bust, but the images I grabbed in the pre-dawn blue hour held promise. And time. Evidently I needed some time to mull around how exactly to process this one.

I took some liberties in processing this (my photo, my rules). I underexposed the image overall in Lightroom then brought up the town a little more. I wanted to draw the eye to Austin a bit more, so I used a tilt-shift blur, then masked the blur out along the ridge of the surrounding hills to separate it even more from the expanse of Reese River Valley.

Hope you like it.

 

Robert LussierBefore Dawn