North Georgia in IR

July 12, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Infrared photography allows you to see beyond what the human eye can capture on its own. The most easily recognizable trait of an IR photograph is the "wood effect". The wood effect is named after Robert W. Wood, arguably the inventor of IR as we know it. This effect is produced when leaves reflect light causing them to look bright white or depending on the filter used, it can be of yellowish-red tint. Portraits done with infrared look vampirish. Skin becomes translucent and eyes become black. I have been obsessed with IR for years. Shooting IR film is tricky as it is extremely sensitive to light and just loading the film can ruin it. The original DSLR cameras like my old Nikon D50 were perfect for shooting IR with just using a filter. The newer cameras do not allow for IR. I purchased a converted point and shoot at first but the focus was soft. When I upgraded my camera (actually 2 upgrades later) I sent my D50 off to have it converted permanently. It is so much easier than trying to adjust focus using a filter that you cannot see through and long exposures. Now I can shoot in regular conditions without a tripod or a filter attached and compose my shots much more easily. Certain lenses will cause a flare so you have to be choosy on what you use in that regard as well.

Tallulah Gorge

 

I created an action in photoshop so I do not have to go into the channel mixer every time to switch the reds and blues. I still have to adjust the contrast, hues and saturation depending on the effect I am going for.

 

Landscapes make great subjects, as do urban structures with greenery.

"Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others"~ Jonathon Swift


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