New York

A Different Kind of Infrared Photography Post-Processing including the Lightroom 3 preset

I like shooting infrared pictures with my Leica M8 and the B+W Infrared Filter #092 which filters out light below 650 nm. Thanks to the range-finder concept of the Leica, I can still compose and focus the picture as I'm not looking through the lens.

The first picture below shows the original RAW file I got right out of camera with the typical Infrared look.

The picture below is the result of my new post-processing method in Lightroom 3.

That Lightroom 3 preset is now available for download right


Shooting New York City at night in 30 minutes

I shot all images in that album while walking back from a +Rick Sammon workshop at the Explorer's Club to Grand Central Terminal within 30 minutes. All pictures were shot handhold and using fairly slow lenses - the Canon 24-105 f/4 and the Canon 16-35 f/2.8 - I probably shouldn't call an f/2.8 a slow lens, I know...

The weather was absolutely fantastic as it stopped raining just a few minutes after I left the Explorer's club giving me awesome, wet reflective roads.

I was using poles and dumpsters as tripods and all are single exposures = no HDR.

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30 minutes of NYC at night

Lost in the Rock

We went up to the top of the Rockefeller Center in NYC and had a great time with our kids up there - the light was not terrific but still... When we got down again, we somehow got lost and ended up in a lobby which was totally deserted and all the doors - except for one tiny side-door - were locked.
It was the lobby of the GE building right behind the Atlas statue at 5th Ave. I spent around 15 minutes in there shooting every angle - alone. I couldn't believe I was not approached by a single security guard.

3 bracketed exposures - handhold, of course.

Exif Info:

  • Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II

  • Exposure Time: 1/5,1/20,1/80

  • Aperture: f/2.8

  • ISO: 200

  • Focal Length: 16mm


Collision Course

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is one of America’s leading historic, cultural and educational institutions. Opened in 1982, the Museum has welcomed more than 10 million visitors. The Museum is centered on the aircraft carrier Intrepid (CVS-11), one of the most successful ships in US history, and now a national historic landmark and one of the most unique attractions in New York City. In 1943, Intrepid was commissioned and served proudly in World War II. She went on to serve as one of the primary recovery vessels for NASA, three tours of duty off Vietnam, and submarine surveillance in the North Atlantic during the Cold War. Today she continues her service as a premiere educational center and a monument to all who have served our nation in uniform. Source:

This is the view from the bridge towards Manhattan's West Side. It was shot handhold in Aperture Priority.

Exit Info:

  • Exposure Time: 1/250, 1/1000, 1/4000

  • Aperture: f/4

  • ISO: 100

  • Focal Length: 24mm


Collision Course