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Central Park - Color Infrared

7 August, 2008 (14:31)

From my testing grounds:

poetswalk-ir-color-1954 Central Park - Color Infrared

central-park-path-ir-color-1957 Central Park - Color Infrared

central-park-path-ir-color-4 Central Park - Color Infrared

The workflow for these is so byzantine I don’t think I can remember all the steps. They were done with the 87 filter which began as straight red. Then through the DNG profiler. Then some color swapping in the channel mixer, then some more white balancing in LR… ugh…


Oh. People always ask me if I ever get into trouble taking pictures of people. Let me tell you this story. When I was finished taking this 20 second shot, a guy taps me on the shoulder. He’s what I’d have to call “low-life.” Maybe that’s not PC - but it’s true. Let’s just say that he looks like he’s done a lot of time.

So he wants to know if I just took his picture. I’m sort of confused because I didn’t see anyone in the picture. I tell him no. But that’s not enough for him. He points to some spot, maybe 5 blocks away and says he was sitting there and saw me aim the camera at him.

I try - to explain that I’m using a very wide-angle lens - and that I didn’t take his picture. But he’s not satisfied. He begins to go on getting wound up. You know you need to ask permission to take someone’s pictures. And that if I did take his picture he wants me to remove it from my camera.

Again, I tell him that he’s not in the shot. I ask him if he wants to look at the images I’ve taken.

No, he says. He doesn’t want to look at any goddammed thing. He just doesn’t want me to take his picture. Because if I do, he’s going to break my neck.

Eventually, after venting and proving his manhood, he walks off.

This is the type of thing that happens in New York. It’s not the obvious shot that gets you into trouble - it’s the crazies coming out of the woodwork. This has happened about four times. People complaining that I took their picture when I don’t even know who they are or where they’ve come from.

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Comment from Luke
Time: August 7, 2008, 6:13 pm

The several times I’ve had someone yell at me for taking their photo - I’ve not taken their photo. One fellow assaulted me. It took me almost 10 minutes to get away from him, camera intact. What shocked me was that people just walked around us and no one called the police. Turns out he was a dealer working out of a public housing project. Not only had I not taken his photo, but I hadn’t seen him - he was 100 yards away in the shade.

Comment from Elliot
Time: August 7, 2008, 6:46 pm

And stop writing about me!

(Just kidding.)

Comment from Dennis Ward
Time: August 8, 2008, 8:40 am

Do the crazy people show up different in infrared?
That colour IR stuff is looking real good! Well done!

Comment from Dave Beckerman
Time: August 8, 2008, 1:32 pm

Dennis - the crazy people are invisible in IR. They’re only visible within the visible wavelengths.

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