Wordy Wednesday #449: “Path Through the Infrared Wood”
“One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.” ― John Muir
I’ve often said, and it’s worth repeating that Zion National park is one of the best places that I’ve found, so far anyway, to shoot infrared.I’ve always wanted to host an Infrared Workshop at Zion and if any potential sponsors are reading this, please contact me and maybe we can work something out for readers of this blog. The 229-square-mile park is located near Springdale, Utah and A prominent feature of the park is Zion Canyon, which is 15 miles long and up to half a mile deep, cut through by the North Fork of the Virgin River. The lowest elevation is 3,666 ft at Coalpits Wash and the highest elevation is 8,726 ft at Horse Ranch Mountain.
Even a simple path like this, I think, makes a more interesting photograph than if I had photographed it using visible light in color or even black and white. This original RAW file image was captured with a Canon EOS 50D converted to infrared by LifePixel. Lens was the no-longer manufactured Tamron 11-18mm f/4-5.6 with an exposure of 1/160 and f/14 and ISO 400. The RAW file was opened in Photoshop and converted to black and white by the free Silver Efex Pro, then platinum tones using Pixel genius’ PhotoKit2, a plug-in that I consider indispensable for my day-to-day imaging. (Hint: It does more than just toning.)
My book, “The Complete Guide to Digital Infrared Photography,” is out-of-print but used copies are available from Amazon at $19.95, as I write this. Creative Digital Monochrome Effects has a chapter on IR photography and is available from Amazon with new copies under $6 and used copies at a giveaway—less than two bucks— price.