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September Galleries

After another bumper month of submissions, I am closing the August Galleries somewhat earlier than usual, and opening new ones for September.



Gallery Folders

Lomo and Similar
Reference and Tutorials
Leucareth's Choice
Devious Folder


If there is anyone of the Expert Members interested in playing a more active role in the running of the Group as an Associate, please note me.



Expert Member Folders


I have compiled a set of folders containing examples of work from some of our senior Expert Members. I hope that everyone will view these to see the range of styles, subject matter and quality of work that is possible in infrared and exposure technique photography.

Our good friend Michael MichiLauke is running a similar scheme at :iconr72: here ==>….

The list is likely to be updated from time to time.

agelisgeo ==>…

dewanggapratama ==>…

DimensionSeven ==>…

Enkased ==>…

helios-spada ==>…

hirza ==>…

Leucareth ==>…

MichiLauke ==>…

mIkeschwaRz ==>…

Phostructor ==>…

richardldixon ==>…

robpolder ==>…

The complete set of galleries can be found here ==>…, or by clicking on the Expert Members' Showcase Gallery Folder Tab in the main Gallery Folder.

Please take time to browse through the work of these photographers.

David aka Okavanga :iconokavanga:


Members' Journals
Affiliate Submissions
Test Collection

Revesre Image Searching

I posted a Journal on my Home Page on this topic and I think all our members should take note of the methods described if they wish to check on their own images or are suspicious of images that they come across here.

Reverse Image SearchingReverse Image Searching
From time to time here on DeviantArt, I come across or am told about images that may not be the work of the artist or photographer who has posted them. Sometimes, I also find that my images turns up, without attribution, elsewhere on the Web. In the first case, posting work that is not yours without attribution is morally wrong, and in some cases is illegal. In the second instance, you have been the victim of art theft.
DA has a "Report this image" button on the display page of each image. If you find a dodgy work, you can click this and follow the menu of options to report your suspicions. I have done this on several occasions for works I know to have been filched from elsewhere, and nothing appears to have been done about it  the doubtful works are still displayed. On one occasion, I tackled the perpetrator, but to no avail  I was just blocked.
Often these dodgy deviants are highlighted by vigilant members who post Journals flagging the miscreant, an

I decided to check on some of my infrared images and found several on a site Further, one of our Expert Members, helios-spada has much of his work displayed and credited to the famous American photographer - helios-spada. Needless to say, he was not aware of this accolade.

I found IR photography to be very popular on this site with hosts of shots that thought I recognised. You may wish to check for yourselves to see if any of your works are there. If you find any, let me know and I'll post a list to the site asking for credit to be given.

Here are two links……



Affiliate News


A Gallery/Collection folder "Affiliate Submissions" has been created in the Favourites area for submissions from affiliate members. Such submissions are subject to a one vote acceptance/rejection. Images need NOT be directly related to infrared or extra-visible imaging as we are providing this feature to showcase our colleagues' work.

For affiliate members to submit, they would use the normal "Submit to Group" button on the image display page, followed by selecting Infrared-Club, followed by "Suggest to Group Favourites", selecting the "Affiliate Submissions" folder.
:iconstellar-landscapers: Stellar-Landscapers :iconextra-visible-images: Extra-Visible-Images :iconinfrared-people: Infrared-People InfraPeople :iconwhoneedscolour: WhoNeedsColour Tell me: Who? :iconnz-ir-hdr: NZ-IR-HDR :iconphotoseries: PhotoSeries :iconphoto-logic-sense: Photo-Logic-Sense Photography Technics :iconcolorfulphotos: ColorfulPhotos :iconlove-nikon: Love-Nikon :iconnon-real: non-real non-real :iconindoinfrared: IndoInfrared Indonesian Infrared Photography :iconartworldtoday: ArtWorldToday Virtual First Friday Art Walk :iconhdrscapes: HDRscapes :iconstudio-28: Studio-28 Sharing the world around us! :iconabstract-and-surreal: Abstract-and-Surreal :iconinfrared-anonymous: Infrared-Anonymous :iconr72: r72 Infrared Photography Group :icontrees-with-character: Trees-With-character Its all about the Trees!!!


Following a recent poll which showed members were interested in having more tutorials, here is a list of current tutorials and discussions in the Infrared-Club (Extra-Visible Imaging) Group .

“How to take and postprocess infrared photos” by Francy-93 (Francesca)


Very good introduction and guide for newcomers.

“The Complete Color IR Tutorial Guide Walkthrough” by Vlue (Evan)


More detailed description of working and post-processing infrared images.

“Infrared color gradation” by Aerobozt (Goldy)


A Photoshop based tutorial on how to vary colour in IR photographs by gradients.

“Infrared Photography Preset” by comicidiot


Adobe Photoshop Lightroom preset for post-processing.

“IR Conversions and White Balance” by jythie


A more advanced description of filters and aspects of white balance.

“IR Workflow” by mIkeschwaRz


Excellent post-processing workflow, Photoshop based, but portable to other editing software.

“Canon 40D Conversion – Full Spectrum Imaging” by Okavanga


Some notes about starting out on full spectrum imaging.


Best of July 2014

Journal Entry: Thu Jul 31, 2014, 12:56 AM

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Welcome to our Best of Feature for July 2014. First, some news.

New Arrivals:

harrietsfriend :iconharrietsfriend: is now an Expert Member, and Galactico4ever :icongalactico4ever: is a new member.


There has been a record number of submissions to the Infrared Showcase Gallery this month - 228!! A steady number of 35 entries came into the Exposure Technique Gallery. Many Thanks to All members for their submissions - clearly extra-visible imaging is popular. The downside of all these submissions is that creating this selection has been difficult given the general quality of the work. Any help would be very much appreciated.

Calendar from vw1956 :iconvw1956:!!!

Volker has made and published a calendar of some of his outstanding infrared work. If you have not already bought a copy hurry up or they will all be gone. Infrared Calendar 2015 Front by vw1956 Infrared Calendar 2015 Back by vw1956

Infrared Work

I have divided the work up into themes this month and introduced a new general classification of Full Spectrum and Colour Edits. There have been a number of developments in the acquisition and treatment of extra-visible images, for example the use of a red Cokin filter and use of HSL variations reported by myself,…, heavyweight and controversial colour swapping to give so-called "toxic" effects from IRphotogirl, clever palette work from Galactico4ever and mIkeschwaRz, and enchanting full spectrum work from helios helios-spada.

Please also note the stunning work of our Member of the Month myINQI :iconmyinqi: featured at the end of the section.


FelixIR30 by vw1956 :iconvw1956:  IR self by NickSpiker :iconnickspiker: IR selfie... by vw1956 :iconvw1956:  Great Big World by Lugal :iconlugal:  Carl in Infrared by La-Vita-a-Bella :iconla-vita-a-bella:


  196 by NML-Photography :iconnml-photography:  Byways XII by eprowe :iconeprowe:  MV IR XXXII by LDFranklin  :iconldfranklin: Beyond The Wall by Leucareth :iconleucareth: Winter Barley Harvest by mIkeschwaRz  :iconmikeschwarz:  

Wishing Creek by helios-spada  :iconhelios-spada:

Trees and Plants

Within the light by drhussamm :icondrhussamm: Fairy Glade by Questavia  :iconquestavia: MoonBay by Zenith1 :iconzenith1: Strunjan by Zenith1 :iconzenith1:  Polarizer for Dark Skies by swiftmoonphoto :iconswiftmoonphoto: Gives Off Light by helios-spada :iconhelios-spada:  sunflowers by vw1956  :iconvw1956: Magic Tree by GreenlandsGirl  :icongreenlandsgirl:  IR - Tower and tree by MaxArceus :iconmaxarceus: Bad Urach Waterfalls by mIkeschwaRz :iconmikeschwarz: Lost Time by Metal-Bender :iconmetalbender:

Architecture, Statues

angel1 by vw1956 :iconvw1956: angel2 by vw1956 :iconvw1956:  Philosopher's  Rock by Mikau-010 :iconmikau-010:  Dinopark by Alexandre1950 :iconalexandre1950:  Budapest - IR XXV (Budapest Noir) by DimensionSeven :icondimensionseven:  Westminster(first One) V2 by farigiovanni :iconfarigiovanni: IR Eerie Garden III by IRphotogirl :iconirphotogirl:  Fisheye Infrared by GaryTaffinder :icongarytaffinder:Budapest - IR XVIII (Budapest Noir) by DimensionSeven:icondimensionseven: Huddersfield Uni (I-R) rld 02 dasm by richardldixon :iconrichardldixon:

Full Spectrum and Colour Edits

Pretty Thoughts by helios-spada :iconhelios-spada:  Goyt Valley Full Spectrum LR 2 by Okavanga  :iconokavanga:  Front field.P101083, with story by harrietsfriend:iconharrietsfriend:  IR Queens Of Stone V by IRphotogirl :iconirphotogirl:  Infrared No1 by uglyogre  :iconuglyogre: Raw.Edersee.tree by mIkeschwaRz :iconmikeschwarz: Stay with me by drhussamm :icondrhussamm: *** by IgorVladi :iconigorvladi:  Van Damme Park, California (IR) by Galactico4ever  :icongalactico4ever: Liebfrauenkirche 550nm IR shot raw to final by mIkeschwaRz :iconmikeschwarz:

Member of the Month  myINQI :iconmyinqi:


   Knoblauchsland by myINQI - DD Well Done!  White Trees Part III by myINQI  Milka Wonderland by myINQI a storm is coming by myINQI  Yellow Field II by myINQI

Exposure Technique Work

eggHDR1051 by The-Egg  :iconthe-egg: eggHDR1088 by The-Egg  :iconthe-egg:  Still life with red wine by Argolith :iconargolith: Denk Mal! by mrotsten  :iconmrotsten:  Skylights by sylverface :iconsylverface: Shall the Tempest Come by NicolasAlexanderOtto :iconnicolasalexanderotto:
Lovers Cove by Questavia :iconquestavia: DSC7696 by brianimages  :iconbrianimages: Kirkjufellfoss by porbital :iconporbital: Strong Wave by porbital :iconporbital: Kent's castle by ha-rat-kiri :iconha-rat-kiri:  Flower color by farigiovanni :iconfarigiovanni:

That's all for now! I hope you enjoyed the selection. Many thanks to ALL members and for all submissions. Especial thanks this month to IRphotogirl, and helios-spada  for their helpful contributions to the selection.


David Okavanga :iconokavanga:


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Full Spectrum HSL Treatment

Journal Entry: Fri Jul 11, 2014, 2:30 AM
First things first - I am off on a fortnight's rest and recuperation to the delightful little seaside town of Southwold in East Anglia. The cottage in which I am staying does not have WiFi, and so communication with DA and all my friends may be a bit limited for a period.

Second, many thanks to everyone who has faved and commented on my recent work. All these faves and views are very much appreciated. I do try to answer as many faves as I can, but it is just  impossible to keep up.

Third, the subject of this Journal is full spectrum images and their processing in Adobe's Lightroom using the HSL tool. While much of what follows is technical, the notes may be of use to those who do use Lightroom, and to those who may be looking for new ways to process their infrared (IR) and full spectrum (FS) images.

Infrared photographers often use a technique called channel swapping whereby the information in the red channel of an image is swapped for the information in the blue channel, and vice versa. This is done to overcome some of the quirks of IR images, and the results are often more surreal than the original image. The same can be done with full spectrum images, that is those images from  cameras converted to sense not only visible light but also infrared light. In principal, such cameras may also sense UV light, but the Canon sensors on the camera that I use, a Canon 40D, are very weak at this and the effect of UV light can be discounted. Channel swapping has its origin in the idea that colours and light values can be represented by a combination of three numbers, the so-called red, green, and blue components - the common term for this is the RGB system. Pure red has a value of 255 in the red channel, a mid-green would be 128 n the green channel, and a dark blue, say, 32 in the blue channel. A typical colour "gold" is about R=230, G=200, B= 66 or thereabouts, symbolised as (230,200,66).

However, the RGB system is not the only way in which colours can be described. In fact, there are many methods and the one I wish to highlight in this Journal is known as the HSL method. "H" stands for hue, and this is the colour itself, "S" stands for saturation, this being the intensity (purity) of the hue, and "L" being the luminance of the hue and saturation. For luminance read lightness for our purposes. Again we have three values, but they are describing a different set of attributes. For that gold colour noted above the corresponding HSL values are (49,71,90). Working in HSL is just as easy as in RGB, but its use in full spectrum and infrared work has not been that well explored, partly because photo editing software veers towards the RGB system for colours.

Adobe's Lightroom is a very versatile but fairly complex software suite for cataloguing and "developing" images, and one of its tools is a very easy method for manipulation of  HSL values. (I say easy, but this is in comparison to some other software!) I am not going to go into the tool in detail, except to say that you can change the hue, saturation, and luminance levels of individual colours or ranges of colours, either using sliders, input values, or a smart interactive tool that can be employed on the image itself. In short, Lightroom offers an easy way of playing with HSL in general or specific ways for full spectrum and IR images. As it turns out, the creative possibilities are endless, and the results can be dramatic.

The first image below shows a fairly typical FS image of  avenue of trees. Because both IR and Visible light is being recorded, visible colours tend to be washed out, the contrast range rather reduced, and detail is not well distinguished. Image 2, however, shows the same shot as Image 1, but now with adjustments to the HSL values. The differences should be obvious: greater colour variation and depth (note the sky in particular). Note also that the colours are not necessarily normal ones from the visible spectrum - that is this is not a nice green avenue of trees, but one of a more surreal aspect. Nor is it an image that could be obtained by a simple channel swap using the RGB system.

 Goyt Valley Full Spectrum LR 1 by Okavanga         Goyt Valley Full Spectrum LR 2 by Okavanga

Adjustments to alter the hue and enhance the saturation  of particular colour ranges can lead to more "visible" spectrum images such as that shown in Image 3. While reduction in saturation in specific areas leads to infrared-like images such as Image 5 (of the set of 7 images shown in my Gallery).

Goyt Valley Full Spectrum LR 3 by Okavanga          Goyt Valley Full Spectrum LR 5 by Okavanga

Finally, I mention Image 6 below as this is my favourite of those in the set. A rather drab and flat scene of trees that all looked the same at the time of shooting has been transformed into subtle surreal colours, variations in tones, and delicate detail. In summary, use of HSL adjustments appears to allow great creative potential for FS imaging, and ought to be alongside channel swapping as a tool for photographers.

Goyt Valley Full Spectrum LR 6 by Okavanga

Many thanks to mIkeschwaRz helios-spada IRphotogirl and vw1956 in the world of IR and FS photography for their inspirational work that has lead me to look at HSL techniques, and to LindArtz and kayandjay100 for helpful discussions, albeit in other contexts,  about colour and palettes.



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This Group is for all photographers interested in infrared photography, UV photography and in exposure techniques such as HDR, long exposure, light painting and so on. that generate extra-visible images.
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The Group has expanded considerably from a few months ago, and with the expansion has come additional work running the Group. We have many able and talented members whose contributions have been recognised by becoming Expert Members.

However, I am now looking for (experienced) members to help out at the Associate level. This is the level where development of Groups occurs as well as the main day-to-day running. Ideally, I would like someone who has some experience of CSS to help develop a house style, and/or someone who could develop affiliations.

If ANY member (including Expert Members) is interested, please note me.

Many Thanks




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MaxArceus Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014
I've been looking all over the place to find a way to answer to my expert status invitation, but I can't find anything else than the general comments here, so they'll have to do.

Thank you so much for inviting me to the expert rank! :O I'll do my best to live up to what that implies! 

Cheers, Max
Okavanga Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014
:laughing: Welcome to the upper echelons, Max. do take some time to look around the admin area, and post a Note to the Group or to me or open a topic if you want to know anything. All contributions welcome!

QBit71 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for being in the show. :)
Okavanga Featured By Owner Edited Jun 14, 2014
Welcome and :iconthumbsupplz:

MaxArceus Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014
Ooh! I finally found a place to react to your invitation! ^o^

Thank you for inviting me to this group! I never knew a group such as this one existed :p I do both IR photography, and long exposure photography, or well, that's the idea. I haven't done too much with long exposure photography yet actually :s
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