Inspirations – Relax by Mary Kay
Nikon D70s, 1.3 seconds at f/13, ISO 200
Nikkor 18-200 VR @ 22mm with Hoya Infrared (R72) filter
This tree stands right in the middle of nowhere, on the side of a narrow, winding country road leading to a surreal little village in Northern Chios, a village where time, seasons and space somehow loose their meaning and news from the outer world never reach you. The bench accompanying the lonely tree overlooks nothing in particular, just a plain, barren field, yet it’s the perfect place to lose yourself and to be lost for a while.
This is one of my very first attempts at infrared photography. I hadn’t dared to take a picture of this tree before because sometimes a shot doesn’t capture a memory; it just destroys it if it fails to capture its essence. When I saw how infrared filters work I though that it was the only way to capture the unreal quality of this place.
I took one exposure without the filter and one with it so that I could use the original shot to mask the bench over the infrared photo thus keeping its bright red color. ~Mary Kay