Santa Ysabel West in Infrared (7 photos)

Since Santa Ysabel Open Space Preserve West is one of my favorite places in the back country, it was quite obviously very important to see what it looks like in infrared. :-) My friend Tracy and I hiked it in mid June. It was a bit too sunny, and a bit less cloudy than we had hoped for when we read the weather forecast, but for infrared photos, these conditions worked out quite nicely.

I’m always a bit torn when I look at infrared photos and compare black & white and color. On the one hand, I find the false color renditions highly interesting and intriguing, on the other hand, the endless possibilities that the creative development of these particular files offers on the computer make me feel that there’s no fix-point, and no “right or wrong” – from an artistic point of view, a good thing, but I guess in the end (or perhaps just right now?), I’m more of an artistic photographer (if at all) than a photographic artist, and do look for something that retains some authenticity, which these black & whites seem to provide quite a bit better.

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