The Rocky Mountain Columbine (Columbine Aquilegia caerulea) is the state flower of Colorado and was discovered in 1820 on Pike’s Peak by mountain climber Edwin James. There are 70 species of columbines in the world and about 1/3 are native to North America. Columbines bloom in pastel shades of blue, violet, red, yellow and white and, like most flowers, are not usually photographed in black and white. I’ve written here about the “Best Subjects for Infrared Photography” but don’t think I mentioned flowers, which just goes to prove that any subject is a good one for infrared capture.
I photographed this columbine in my front yard using an old Canon EOS 30D body that had been converted to infrared-only photography. Lens was a 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro lens with an exposure of 1/200 sec at f/5 and ISO 400. The copper tone was applied in post processing using Nik Silver Efex Pro.
Tip: If you’ve been thinking abut trying infrared photography and want to use a converted camera because of the ability to shoot handheld, consider using one of your old cameras that’s just sitting around doing nothing. Or you can go on eBay and find a nice used (and cheap) SLR that uses the same lenses as the rest of your system.
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