English Garden (infrared)

Water. You can probably guess where this is going. Have a great weekend, everyone!

Klaus Daimler: “He’s got hydrogen psychosis, the crazy-eye! Steve! They say you’ve got crazy-eye! Get him out of the f*****g water!”

– Willem Dafoe – The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

About this image: Kodak 35mm High Speed Infrared film scan – lightly modified


73 thoughts on “English Garden (infrared)

    • Thank you very much, Ms. B!
      Most of the credit for this one goes to the film, though. Infrared is another reason I really miss a darkroom (can be done in Photoshop, too, but I almost always prefer the chance to work with ‘the real thing’)!

    • Thank you very much, S.E.!
      One of my favorite things about the botanical garden here is how many different places are hidden away there. It seems like I see something new every time I get a chance to visit!

  1. “You can probably guess where this is going.” You mean I was supposed to be able to guess which obscure, intellectual movie you were going to randomly quote for this beautiful picture??? I feel like such a failure.

  2. Infrared is so weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeird. You (or maybe just I) can tell something different is going on, but you can’t put your finger on it, and then you realize that EVERYTHING different is going on. Great use of it here!

    • Agreed, U.M.! The other thing I like about shooting it is that I’m never quite sure exactly what is going to turn up… so it’s always kinda wild that way, too.
      Thank you so very much!

  3. One could almost imagine a Unicorn
    in the distance on this photograph, it
    has that magical flavour and I like your
    imaginative style SIG 🙂

    Excellent work my great friend…


    • Actually…
      for a moment I could have sworn I saw a Sasquatch (turned out it was only my reflection in the water, though)!
      Thanks so much, A.G.! I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

  4. This is just beautiful. I’m going to have to look up infrared and see what that means in regard to photography! I agree with Androgoth, the unicorn should appear any time now…

    • IR is pretty cool stuff, isn’t it?! And while it can be done digitally I really miss shooting / processing the stuff… it was always such a rush to see what kind of results I’d find!

  5. oh how cool is this, hydrophobia (or whatever it is) notwithstanding!
    this is spring (as in the season, but come to think of it, maybe as in the water, too.)
    thanks for sharing!

    • I can relate P&K! I tend to sink a lot better than I float! Fortunately this little stream was only maybe a foot deep (at the most)… especially considering I had forgotten my water-wings at home!
      Thank you very much!

    • Yup… every image on this site is mine. I took this one back when I still had access to a darkroom, so I was even able to process infrared film myself (a bit of a challenge, but a lot of fun, too)!
      Thank you so much!

    • Thank you so much, Mary!
      No, unfortunately not… this one was taken a while back at the Botanical Garden. We actually tried to go back this weekend, but the place was packed (as you might have guessed with spots like this)!

    • Hahaha… if it weren’t for the sign in the ground telling me it was an English Garden I’d probably have called this one random stream! No clue here, J.G.! But thank you, just the same!

    • Thanks so much, Cristina!
      One of the bonuses (sometimes) of shooting infrared is that a lot of times you need to use a really dark red filter… so the longer exposure times = some pretty cool water effects, too!

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