Wordy Wednesday #244: “Zion National Park in Infrared

“One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.” ― John Muir, 

I have shot infrared images all over this country and even some in Mexico but by far the best place I’ve found to make infrared images is Zion National Park. The Park is located in the Southwestern United States, near Springdale, Utah. A prominent feature of the 229-square-mile park is Zion Canyon, which is 15 miles long and up to half a mile deep, cut through the reddish and tan-colored Navajo Sandstone by the North Fork of the Virgin River. The lowest elevation is 3,666 ft (1,117 m) at Coalpits Wash and the highest elevation is 8,726 ft (2,660 m) at Horse Ranch Mountain.

This image was shot with my second oldest Canon IR camera—the EOS 30D—that has since been replaced by an EOS 50D that was converted to infrared by Lifepixel. (See special offer below.) Exposure was 1/160 sec at F/16 and ISO 400. Image was captured in RAW then converted to monochrome with Silver Efex Pro.

Lens was the wonderful Tamron AF 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Di-II SP LD Aspherical (IF) lens that while officially discontinued is available at some nice prices via these Amazon sellers at attractive prices. The current lens is Tamron’ SP AF10-24mm f/3.5 -4.5 Di II at higher prices.

Special offer for this blog’s readers that’s good for the next 30 day: If you want to save $50 off at LifePixel for Priority Processing Upgrade when converting your camera to infrared, use the coupon code “MarkToal17.”

IR.bookMy book, “The Complete Guide to Digital Infrared Photography,” is out-of-print but used copies are available from Amazon at affordable prices. 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 a buck— price.

Author: Joe Farace

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