Shooting Infrared in the Winter

“Winter is a season of recovery and preparation.”—Paul Theroux

winter.IRYes, you can shoot infrared in the Winter. While the Wood Effect produces the bright to white re-production of the chlorophyll layer of deciduous plants, even non-deciduous plants and trees will show some effect and, to my mind, IR capture works perfectly with the snow on the ground.

Continuing a theme I began on our sister blog, Mirrorless Photo Tips, with a post entitled “What Inspires You to Make Photographs,” I’ve been continuing to make infrared images in a winter when the only leaves on the trees are from evergreens, like these Ponderosa Pines.

Image was shot with a Panasonic Lumix G6 that had been converted to infrared-only capture by LifePixel and a Lumix G Vario 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH lens. Exposure was 1/40 sec at f/16 and ISO 400 and was shot in my own backyard. Image was converted to monochrome with Silver Efex Pro with the Glamour Glow filter in Color Efex Pro added for a wintry look.

If you would like to experience some of the same thrill of discovery that occurred during the first stage of your photographic education, my suggestion is that you never stop exploring. Try some new things. Maybe it’s infrared photography but whatever you do try something that’s outside your normal comfort zone, which was the subject of yesterday’s post.

My book, The Complete Guide to Digital Infrared Photography is currently out-of-print but used copies are available from Amazon for $6.82, as I write this. Creative Digital Monochrome Effects has a chapter on IR photography and is available from Amazon with new copies under $10 and used copies selling for $3 and like the IR book would make a great Christmas gift for your favorite photographer or yourself.


Author: Joe Farace

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