Palm tree panorama...

Posted by
Jeffrey (Scottsdale, United States) on 22 January 2019 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

Location: Scottsdale, AZ

Me being me, in addition to everything else, I have also been experimenting with ways to improve the image quality of my infrared photos. (In particular, I would like to make them less noisy, which isn't easy given how they must be post-processed to achieve the specific B&W rendering I prefer.)

Unfortunately, this is complicated by the fact that I'm photographing with the camera handheld, so only a few of the techniques I use with my nighttime photos to optimize image quality can also be applied to my daylight IR photos.

For this photo, I took three separate exposures and stitched them together during post-processing. This technique works well for many photos and in this particular case, it resulted in a double-size file from which larger size prints can be made that have the same apparent resolution/image quality as smaller size prints.

But that's only because there was not even a slight breeze, so the palm fronds were perfectly still. And high in the sky, the clouds were moving slowly, so they didn't change shape or location noticeably between each photo.

For most photos, though, neither of these conditions can be guaranteed to occur and when this technique is used and they don't, the final results won't be nearly as good as they are here. <sigh>

Fear not, though, because I still have a few more ideas to experiment with, including possibly even converting the camera's sensor to monochrome operation by removing the color filter array that's installed on it. 8^0

A larger, higher resolution version of this photo can be seen here: