Hello there. I am Terry and I am a full-time undergraduate based in Singapore. I take photos, write a blog and design websites.

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Infrared for your Monday Blues

What a corny title! Don’t laugh. It just crossed my mind out of nowhere, heh. This post is a compilation of infrared shots I’ve made over the past few weeks, so just sit back and enjoy! I have more over at my Flickr collection, Infrared, and specifically a set, Streets of Singapore, in a different light.

The equipment I’ve used for my infrared shots are simple: a sturdy tripod and a Hoya R72 filter (cuts off all wavelengths of light below 720nm). Regarding custom white balance, I will usually meter a patch of green foliage before I shoot. If you’ve done that before, you will just need to keep the custom WB and that saves you the trouble of re-establishing the custom WB again. Of course, patience is golden – given that each shot takes around 8~25 seconds of exposure and I have long exposure noise reduction on, total waiting time can be up to a minute.

Orchard Road Infrared #1

Orchard Road Infrared #1

Orchard Road Infrared #2

Orchard Road Infrared #2

These two photos were taken along Orchard Road, Singapore, the heart of the shopping district in the small island nation.

They look even better when viewed on black: first photo, second photo.

Post processing in photoshop includes playing around with the channel mixer to create a false-colour image, as well as some minor adjustments in hue, curves and contrast.

ERP Gantry - Infrared HDR

ERP Gantry - Infrared HDR

Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) Gantries are guardians of the roads that lead into the Central Business Area (CBD) of Singapore. In a bid to reduce traffic congestion in town, the government has constructed many gantries over the years to control and manipulate traffic flow.

Don’t ever think you can drive past with an empty card with no value – if you look closely, there are little cameras in the second overhead gantry behind the first one :) teehee. Snip snap and your car plate will be on the desktops of the traffic cops.

To achieve the infrared-HDR effect, the RAW file is first processed using Photomatix Pro 3, exported as 16-bitt TIFF file and then sent to CS3 for post-processing (which includes conversion to black and white).

Dunearn Road - Infrared HDR

Dunearn Road - Infrared HDR

Dunearn Road services an upscale residential area with many schools along it’s vicinity – making it notoriously known for traffic jams during peak hours. In addition, the road is also the heart of Singapore’s petrol pump economy, where petrol kiosks attempt to outcompete each other by madly slashing prices. Combined with the queue for cheap petrol, the road gets even more congested at certain hours.

Of course, the 30-second exposure did no justice to the traffic congestion :P oh, and like many other roads in Singapore, Dunearn Road is heavily obscured by trees – the government’s initiative to lower pollution and improve air quality over the many years since independence.

To achieve the infrared-HDR effect, the RAW file is first processed using Photomatix Pro 3, exported as 16-bitt TIFF file and then sent to CS3 for post-processing (which includes conversion to black and white).

Bukit Timah Road

Bukit Timah Road

Bukit Timah Road is part of one of the longest road in Singapore – it links Woodlands Road, running from the Woodlands customs checkpoint, to Upper Bukit Timah Road, zooming past the luxurious homes and condominiums – all the way to Rochor Road which ends at where Suntec City is, smack middle of the Central Business District.

Bukit Timah, known as the Tin Hill in Malay (direct translation), is an upscale residential area with many schools within it’s vicinity – making it notoriously known for traffic jams during peak hours. In addition, the road is also the heart of Singapore’s petrol pump economy, where petrol kiosks attempt to outcompete each other by madly slashing prices. Combined with the queue for cheap petrol, the road gets even more congested at certain hours.

Of course, the 30-second exposure did no justice to the traffic congestion :P oh, and like many other roads in Singapore, Bukit Timah Road is heavily obscured by trees – the government’s initiative to lower pollution and improve air quality over the many years since independence.

Anything else I can do for you?

If you would like to know more tips or help for infrared photography, feel free to leave a comment – or if you would like to make it personal, contact me instead.

If you’re into infrared photography, feel free to plug your own works here. I will be more than happy to link ;)

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