Barn Quilts & Infrared

For this post I started off with an infrared capture,  I used the image shown directly above as my base image. First, I needed to make adjustments to the base image,  I added some canvas top and left and tweaked the color tones a bit.  Then I started to stack my textures on top of the base image. I use one texture at a time and blend them together using the blend modes and/or layer mask. I share more on texturing in my newest eBook “A Guide to Creative Filters and Effects II” I think it is especially fun to work with IR images. They have a lot of appeal to me, the IR super color images are nice too. I am using a camera that has been converted to 720 nanometers (The Standard IR Filter (720nm) allows for good false color, and good contrast for black and white. This is equivalent to the Hoya R72 and the Wratten 89b.)and I am very happy with it. It is close to B&W with a slight color toning which allows me to see more creatively that just B&W. It was converted by Kolari Vision and they did a fine job with both the conversion and follow up questions. I am now an affiliate for both Kolari Visons and LifePixel. Both companies do a great job with infrared conversions. For more on Kolari Vision click HERE.
*Tip- It is important when setting up for your shot with an Infrared capture that you set a Custom white balance.

Image © 2015/Denise Ippolito Photography ~ Palouse-stage 2 with just the textures applied.

Image © 2015/Denise Ippolito Photography ~ Palouse, final

Final tweaks include a good dose of contrast, final color toning tweaks and a border in Nik Color Efex. Please click on the image to see a larger version with entire border. I also added back a touch of the red color tones in the quilt patch on the barn, one of my clients told me about the quilt patches and I looked it up-see information below.

Kolari Infrared
Kolari Visions Infrared Camera Conversions

If you are ready to join the fun and have a camera converted to Infrared, use either the Kolari Vision logo-link above or the LifePixel logo-link on the right sidebar of this page to order your conversion we will gladly send you our simple guide to properly setting a Custom White Balance for infrared photography at 720nm. Simply e-mail us your receipt and we will be glad to shoot you the PDF once your order appears in our affiliate account.

Barn quilts are painted quilt squares-usually fashioned on boards and then mounted on a barn or other building. While cloth quilts are usually made up of a series of squares of the same pattern placed together, a barn quilt is almost always a single square.

In many communities, an organizing group-an arts council, a quilt guild, a 4-H club, or simply a motivated bunch of residents-work together to organize their barn quilts into a trail. Some are guided walks in a downtown area that includes historical buildings. More often, quilt trails take visitors on a drive through the countryside where barn quilts are mounted on farm buildings, on homes, along fences, and sometimes on freestanding posts. A quilt trail may include stops at galleries, farm stands, wineries and other points of interest that make the journey a day-long event.
information on barn quilts provided by:

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While speaking at CNPA I mentioned that I wore Cargo Scrubs in the field that are made by Dickies. The president of the company that supplies the fabric to Dickies was in the audience and he hooked me up with the president of Dickies. After speaking with the president and the design team at Dickies I am proud to say that they are one of my newest sponsors smile emoticon I am thrilled because I love the brand and have been wearing them long before they decided to sponsor me.
Just click on the logo link below- (I wear the black scrubs)


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11 Responses

  1. denise says:

    Hi guys, I hope you like the bottom one cause it’s the final one 🙂 The others are just the stages that I went through to get to the final result 🙂

  2. Jeff Sielski says:

    Hi Denise, The final image is a beautiful work of art!! Bravo!!
    Congratulations on your newest sponsor!!

  3. Jim Braxmeier says:

    Hi Denise: An unrelated question. Do you use different memory cards for different subjects as well as camera bodies? If so what. Why, when? which brand do you prefer? How about your converted IR camera? Thanks in advance for your response. Jim

  4. denise says:

    Hi Jim,

    I use Delkin 64gig 1000x CF cards. I never have to switch them in the field. I shoot with the 5D Mark III for landscapes, flowers and Urbex photography. I am currently using the 7D Mark II and the ID Mark IV for birds and wildlife. The IR converted camera I have been using is a 5D Mark II, converted by Kolari Visions in NJ.
    Delkin Cards:

  5. John Haedo says:

    Great stuff, your work always has style and grace. I had so much fun during the Polouse IPT, and I learned a lot from you and Artie and the other IPT participants as well. I feel more confident about shooting landscape photography and I think I’m also beginning to “get it” and appreciate it more.

  6. denise says:

    Hi John, That makes me happy 🙂 It is always a pleasure to work with you and see your vision!

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