Back to the Little Smoky River. I mentioned in my last blog post that I had a short additional post coming up; Here’s why I split the post into two parts.

I usually keep the multi-spectral photos I take close to what the camera outputs; I set the white balance beforehand, take the photo, and maybe do some minor touch-ups on the computer.  I don’t like to alter the photos too much after the camera takes them. I have done it before and posted the results, but decided I would like to keep the heavily altered photos in separate blog posts, and categorize them differently.

It’s really just an arbitrary distinction, I guess- All the photos outside the visible spectrum are, by necessity, false colour. The only difference is whether the camera chooses the colours, or I do.

Getting back to the Little Smoky River, I tried a ‘full spectrum’ channel conversion. Like with my Mount Robson photo, I replaced the red channel with the  760 nm infrared photo.  Here are the results:2016 08 15 16;33 R IMG_4248 fs (Large)

I also tried to do it with my UG11 dual band filter, as the infrared range in that filter seems to peak around 710-720 nm. I removed the red channel(looking at the photo, it is obvious there isn’t much of a red component to start)  and replaced it with the 760 nm photo again.

2016 08 15 16;35 FS _MG_2211 DBIR (Large)

It has an interesting vintage look, but I’m so far away from visible channels that I have no idea what any of the colours mean scientifically. For some reason, it looks closest to my camera’s unfiltered full spectrum pictures(the photo at the top of the post is a mix of the two), but it also looks like a photo from a cheap camera in the ’60s.

I’ll probably do some more channel swaps if I have some good ones, but I’ll keep posting them separately.