Making Images With Light You Cannot See --- An Introduction to Infrared Photography.

April 16, 2015

Imagine taking pictures using the light that your eyes cannot even see.  That's exactly what Infrared Photography is all about.  When you pick up a digital camera, chances are it has a filter built in to block out the Infrared light spectrum.  An Infrared converted digital camera does pretty much the opposite; it allows the IR light in, and keeps out most of the visible light.  The end product can be quite stunning.  Grass and most foliage turns white or cyan, depending on the IR conversion.  The sky is a deep red, and clouds have a solid, chunky texture to them.

Architecture in Infrared can be equally impressive as the textures of the materials tend be more pronounced.

    

People in Infrared have a very different look.  Infrared light penetrates the top layer of skin and then reflects back, so people have an almost porcelain quality to their skin, with very few lines or wrinkles.  Hair and eyes generally have a blue or cyan color tone.  

Here's an example of a Tulip in the rain, shot in natural color and in Infrared at 590nm.  

 

 

So, as you see, or actually cannot see, there is an entire world of art ready to be discovered thru Infrared Photography.  Here are some more examples.

IR HDR ArchIR HDR ArchImage of the St. Louis Gateway Arch shot in Infrared.
The sky was just perfect, and the reflection in the pond made the image.Shot at ISO100 f11 with 3 exposures 1/60sec, 1/125sec, 1/250sec.
The camera used is a Canon 50D converted to IR at 590nm
using a Tamron AF 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 SP Di II LD Aspherical lens
The red and blue channels were swapped.

These images were all made by Digital Artist, Dan Wampler , the Creative Director for Life Pixel Infrared, using a camera converted to Infrared by Life Pixel Infrared, the World Leader in Infrared camera conversions.

www.danwampler.com

www.lifepixel.com



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