Wordy Wednesday #171 “Infrared Myths Explored”


Today I want to explore two myths about infrared photography:

#1: There’s nothing to photograph. This is not just true for infrared photography but I hear photographers saying this about all forms of capturing images. Instead, I will submit to you that there’s always something to photograph when shooting IR either with filters or with converted cameras, like the Canon EOS 50D used to make the above photograph. Exposure for the above photograph, made with the EF-S15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens, was 1/250 sec at f/16 and ISO 400.

#2: Infrared photography only works with deciduous tree. Note entirely true. Infrared photography is most effective when photographing deciduous tree—the kind of trees that shed their leaves in the fall. The larger trees in the above photographs are Ponderosa Pines with a small blue spruce (it’s since grown a lot) being a blue Spruce, the official state tree of Colorado. All of them are Evergreens, non-deciduous species. What I have found is that the best Wood Effect from evergreens is early in the Spring and while they still respond later in the year, it’s not so much. (The above image was made in April.)

Tieing both of these myths together, the way The Dude’s rug tied the whole room together, is that this photograph was literally made in my background featuring non-deciduous tree species and still works pretty well as an infrared photograph. So photo ops are always around the corner especially when it come to infrared photography. And “maybe in your own backyard.” Give it a try.

If you want to save a few bucks when converting your camera to infrared when ordering a conversion from LifePixel, use the coupon code “farace.”


Author: Joe Farace

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