“Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer – and often the supreme disappointment. ”
― Ansel Adams
The below image was made in the Arapaho National Forest, just off the road to Mount Evans in Colorado. It was shot using a Panasonic Lumix G6 that had been converted to infrared-only operation by LifePixel, It was shot with a Lumix G Vario 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 lens and an exposure of 1/80 sec at f/11 and ISO 400.
Regular readers will recognize that this images looks different from some of the other images I made with the Lumix G6 that had been converted with LifePixel’s Enhanced Color filter. Even the RAW files look different being more similar to images made with the Standard IR filter. And not just this image but all of the others I made that day, which got me to thinking—why?
The forest is dominated by Englemann Spruce, Subalpine Fir and Limber Pine with some Aspens. Three of these are evergreen trees and do not exhibit the Wood Effect in infrared photography in the same manner that deciduous trees do. And I’m also not so sure that elevation—we were at 10,500 ft—plays into this somehow, since all of the reference material I could find about elevation and infrared relate to aerial photography.
But because inquiring minds want to know, the next time I head into the Rocky Mountain, I plan to also bring along my Lumix G5 that was converted with the Standard IR filter and make some side-by-side comparisons, which I will share with you here, whatever the results may be.
My book, “The Complete Guide to Digital Infrared Photography,” is out-of-print but used copies are available from Amazon for the bargain price of $3.30, as I write this. Creative Digital Monochrome Effects has a chapter on IR photography and is available from Amazon with new copies at a giveaway—less than six bucks— price.