Today’s featured photo of the day! September’s feature is: Infrared Photography

Here is today’s featured photo. For the month of September I am featuring Infrared photography as the style. For today, I am posting an astonishing photo of a magnificent summertime back-lit cumulus cloud nearing sunset. Back-lighting was not as tricky because of the nature of a sunset shot having enough light in the first place and the subject being a cloud. This would have been a great shot taken with standard black and white, or even color film…WOW! Date – June 1981.

Backlit Cumulus Cloud__Kodak HIE-135-20

Photo taken with Nikon EM camera through a Vivitar 70-150 zoom lens zoomed in at 150 mm, filter=red #25 filter, Aperture=22 f/stop, shutter-speed 1/1000th second, back-lighting rules=2 f/stops extra exposure, loaded with Kodak High Speed Infrared HIE 135-20 Black & White Film processed using Kodak D-76 Chemicals using a black colored universal tank with metal reel. Enlargement processed 100% negative size onto 3½x5″ smooth semi-gloss image enlargement paper using Dektol/Stop Bath/Fixer chemistry.

TIP:  The purpose of going with the rules of back-lighting is so that there is enough exposure to not have a dark or underexposed shot. Standard back-lighting rules simply go with the meter reading from the exposure test, and adding extra exposure either by opening the aperture or slowing the shutter speed, despite the meter reading to fill exposure into the shot, thereby only overexposing the actual light and not underexposing the subject. Back-lighting can be tricky, so taking extra shots of using steps of 1 extra f/stop, 2 f/stops, and 3 f/stops to get the “perfect” shot can assist in getting a great exposure. You can use a flash to fill exposure of the foreground, but you also need to make sure to override any flash rules and do a manual flash “fill” using current meter reading setting. You can also work with brightening areas with deep shadows with aid of some type of reflector.

Enjoy, and see you tomorrow with another fine Infrared photograph!!

PHOTO OF THE DAY

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