Pont Y Pandy Slate Mill is somewhere that I had been wanting to photograph but I had no idea where it was apart from in Snowdonia. I had seen pictures of in the National Trust Magazine taken from a similar angle to mine.
I have had the idea of doing a talk on digital Infrared photography for a while but thought that I did not have enough pictures. So I have been using my infrared converted body more recently.
I love the other worldly nature and look of IR photography. This picture uses another of my favourite techniques – a wide-angle lens from a low viewpoint. Why are the vast majority of pictures taken from 5′ 6″ from the ground? In this case I used a 10-22mm Canon EF-s Lens, which in the real world of 35mm terms is 16-35mm.
When will camera manufactures stop trying to confuse us with focal lengths of lenses that require a conversion factor due to size of the sensor? There would no confusion if all focal lengths were described in 35mm terms. And will I am on my hobby-horse, why can’t the size of sensors be described in millimetres and not parts of an inch? Who can work that one out?
Black and white photography is all about contrast. IR is good for putting contrast in to cloudy skies and green foliage or any thing else that reflects Infrared light. It’s a challenge to get good contrast in slate slag that does not reflect infrared light.
A big hello to all the new followers of my little blog.
(c) Andy Beel FRPS 2012