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The Tree at Merrion Square, Dublin, Ireland

Here's one of my favorite infrared images from Ireland. It's a weeping willow-type tree in Merrion Square Park in Dublin. I like how the branches shoot off in all kinds of directions.

Trees are fun to photograph in infrared since the green leaves become white in the image and the bark of the trunk and branches remains dark. I like to boost the contrast in Lightroom to really make the image pop.

Playing with Prisma

Lately, the iPhone has been getting a lot more use in my landscape photography.. I don't use many photo filter apps, but there's one I recently tried that's really fun to use. It's the Prisma app, which makes photos look like painted works of art by the likes of Van Gogh or Picasso. There's a lot of different options and it's fun to see how the photos look in the different styles.

This image is from an iPhone photo of a stop along the Ring of Kerry in Ireland. The original wasn't really a keeper, because of the light and uninteresting background, but I thought it might deserve a try in Prisma, and I think it turned out pretty cool.

The View from Valentia Island

Since the clouds were so dramatic on our visit to Valentia Island in southwestern Ireland, I decided this view called for an infrared image. The infrared is great for making cloud formations look even more intense.

Little FYI - Valentia was the European point for the first successfully run transatlantic telegraph cable. The other end being in Newfoundland.

The River Nore in Kilkenny

This is an image from the town of Kilkenny in the south-east part of Ireland. It's one of the many beautiful towns with old castles, ruins, and colorful buildings. This particular scene, with the River Nore in the foreground, the colorful buildings in the middle ground, and Kilkenny Castle in the background, created a nice sense of dimension. The leading lines to the castle also helped make the image more interesting.

The Tree in the Fog

On a recent weekend, I traveled to Manassas National Battlefield Park in Virginia for some early morning photos. It was the foggiest morning I had ever seen, like a giant blanket covering the entire battlefield. Which was fine, since I had been wanting to shoot in the fog for the longest time. My goal was to isolate some of the more interesting trees with nothing visible in the background. Goal accomplished.

The Trees at Chincoteague

Location: Chincoteague, VA

Here's a sunrise image taken at Chincoteage National Wildlife Refuge on the coast of Virginia. It's a great place to visit year-round, with a large variety of birds, wild horses, and fauna. Interestingly, the wildlife refuge is located on the southern part of Assateague Island, with the northern part in Maryland and the southern part in Virginia. 

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Infrared

Infrared is such a fun photographic technique, let's continue it another week. Here's an image of the pond at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Virginia. Much of the time with infrared, I lower the saturation to almost nothing, or go straight to black and white. For this series, I decided to leave in the blues, purples and pinks once I did the color swap in Photoshop.

Hemlock Overlook Trail in Infrared

Sticking with infrared for another week, here's an image of one of the hiking trails at Hemlock Overlook in Virginia. On previous trips, I tried a much wider view to get more of the leaning trees to the left and right of the trail, but learned that the S shape of the curve was more interesting and made the image much less cluttered.