My Journey Into Infra Red Photography Begins

March 20, 2013  •  Leave a Comment
It's been a while now that I've been contemplating a change in my photography.  Having recently switched from a full size Canon DSLR rig to the smaller micro 4/3rds system, I thought, would satisfy my desire for a change.
 
But as I've started to switch to the new form factor, system, and even switching to the mindset that a hybrid camera entails, I still had the desire for even more change.  A change that not only departs from my usual subjects,  but also the aesthetic.
 
Hence my journey into infra red photography.  I was lucky enough to get a Canon G12, converted by Lifepixel with a SuperColor IR filter.  After some research, trial and error, and just dumb luck, this is one of the first images I've produced with it.

Right away I'm noticing how radically different things are shooting in infra red.  The key to obtaining great IR images is to get the white balance right, as you shoot.  And the more accurate you can get that white balance, the better off you'll be in the next stage, post processing.  To me, this is the best part, since I've found that I enjoy the post processing just as much as actually taking the image.  No-where else in photography is Ansel Adam's quote "You don't take an image, you make it", more appropriate.  

Here's another version of the above image with a completely different aesthetic look.  

As I write this I'm still processing a bunch of images.  Strangely enough, I seem to have a better eye for pre-visualizing what an infra red image will look like than I do for normal photography.  

I'll part with another image that I took this last weekend at a local park.  Again, it may not appeal to everyone, but I sure do like it. :)

Well, maybe just a few more............

Just keep in mind that I'm still experimenting...................


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