Truckhaven Rocks in Infrared (7 photos)

Joe and I went for a short visit to Anza Borrego today and after meeting with our friend Peter for a late breakfast we made some photos. :-) We went back to Truckhaven Rocks, an area that we had last visited in 2013. It was brutally clear and sunny day so I left the “normal” camera behind an only brought the infrared converted D200.

And I made a total rookie mistake: from a prior photo I had the camera at ISO 400 – and forgot to switch it back to ISO 100. I exposed the photos quite well (infrared can usually take 2 to 3 stops overexposure in bright daylight) but the sky in infrared is very dark, and signal to noise ratio in dark areas is never really good. Combined with the D200’s ancient sensor (the camera was introduced in November 2005) it caused quite some visible noise.

Infrared is a somewhat odd and quirky process anyway so I’m not too disappointed, and I actually quite like how these photos turned out. Definitely a location that deserves more exploring… but at ISO 100 next time, and maybe with some clouds? :-)

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