More infrared

Almost a year ago (doesn’t time fly!) I documented my attempts at Infrared photography. See:

The above focused on black and white infrared photography and I was quite pleased with the results.

I also tried so-called false color infrared photography (See: First attempts at false color infrared photography). Frankly the results were terrible. I didn’t get it; didn’t understand properly how to do it; and didn’t like it much.

However, I can be quite persistent, and I vowed to try it again, so the other day I went out into some nearby woodland (actually it’s right across the road from my house) to try again. This time I was better prepared. I’d bought a book; watched YouTube tutorials; read articles etc. I was hoping for better results than the last. I wasn’t disappointed. My preparations seem to have helped. Of course, this type of photography is not to every one’s taste, but I rather like the way the pictures came out.

For more examples of this type of photography take a look at my website, here.

The first link above: Trying out Infrared Photography – Exploring the Options describes how I came to the camera I’m presently using for infrared photography. I love it, but it’s still a ten-year-old camera with a very small, low-resolution sensor. I bought it because I didn’t know if I’d enjoy infrared photography and I didn’t want to spend a lot of money until I was certain that I would want to continue with it. I’m now sure that I will and plan to acquire a newer, higher resolution camera with a larger sensor. More on that later.

Taken with a Sony F828 and fixed Zeiss 28-200mm f2-2.8


When we bought my current house in 1998 there were a lot of trees right next to my property, but not actually on it. When we first saw the house, they were covered in Wisteria and we thought “how lovely”. Unfortunately, when the Wisteria stopped blooming, we saw that the trees we dead. Worried that they might fall onto our property we informed the owner and he had them cut down.

Although the wisteria grew back it no longer bloomed and I saw no more wisteria on my property…until this year. I wondered why they’ve suddenly started to bloom again so I looked it up. This is what I found:

Why Does My Wisteria Not Flower?

There are a few common reasons why wisteria blooms don’t open, but they all point to the same thing — bud injury at critical development points. Severely damaged flower buds won’t open; instead, they usually dry up and fall off the plant. Damage can be caused by a variety of environmental problems or very tiny pests called thrips. If your wisteria has bloomed successfully in years past, thrips or uncontrollable weather patterns are most likely causing bud blast and your plant may perform just fine in future seasons. Once you’ve checked for signs of thrips, including black spots of feces on plant materials, deformed buds, or brown streaks on the petals of any flowers that did manage to open, resuming normal care may be all that it takes to induce blooming next season.

How to Get Wisteria Flowers to Open Up

When you have buds on wisteria not opening, there’s very little you can do to force them open. This year’s flowers are probably going to be a loss, but you can do more to ensure that the future buds produce beautiful blooms. If your plant has never successfully bloomed, look at the conditions where it’s growing — wisteria needs full sun, good drainage, and a light application of fertilizer in the fall, as well as heavy pruning in the spring after the other wisteria plants have finished blooming. Late frosts and improper summer watering can interfere with proper bud formation. Frozen flower buds will fall off as spring approaches. Late summer is the time when flower buds are initiated by wisteria; if you skimp on the watering during this season, you may be inadvertently hindering the proper development of future flowers. Above all else, watch the use of nitrogen fertilizers. Nitrogen has its place, but in flowering plants it often produces aggressive vegetative growth at the expense of flowers and buds. The addition of phosphorus, like bone meal, can normally help offset this.

Of course I do none these things. Maybe the “thrips” have disappeared? Maybe the winters have been rather mild? Who knows?

Taken with a Nikon D800 and Nikon AF Nikkor70-300mm f4-5.6G

From Rockwood Hall to Sleepy Hollow – Overview

A couple of weeks ago I went on another walk. I had recently acquired a new camera: a Polaroid I2 and wanted to try it out (see picture above, one of eight I took. For the rest see: Film Camera 2024 -2: Polaroid I2 – Results). My plan was to go to Rockwood Hall, try out my camera, and try to find a way to walk to Sleepy Hollow/Tarrytown without having to walk along busy Route 9/Albany Post Road. After consulting a couple of maps, I concluded that I could walk from Rockwood Hall, past Kendal-on-Hudson (an assisted living facility with a nice path along the river). I could then walk past Phelps Hospital up to Route 9. From there it was only a short block’s walk along a grass verge adjoining Route 9 to where I could turn onto Hemlock Drive. I could then down to the river and then past Philipse Manor station; through Kingsland Point Park, past the Sleepy Hollow Lighthouse into Beekman Avenue in Sleepy Hollow.

Taken with a Sony RX100 M3