Beauty through Infrared Photography

There's a light bouncing off of the world and into our eyes that we cannot see. When it's captured on camera it produces surreal and dreamy versions of what we can see. Near-infrared light is just outside of the visible range of 400-700nm. Converted cameras are sensitive to this infrared light between 700-1200nm, depending on the filter.  The effect can be seen by comparing these photos of Hvar, Croatia. On the left is a visible light photo; on the right is an infrared photo taken with a cutoff of 720nm, followed by some interesting color manipulations in Photoshop. 

Chlorophyll strongly reflects IR radiation so grasses and trees appear very light, sometimes snow-like. There isn't as much light scattering in the IR range so skies and water appear darker. Clouds and shadows are more pronounced. Infrared light can also penetrate a few millimeters into skin making portraits a bit ghostly.  

                                        

I grew up with a darkroom in my house. My dad taught me everything about photography. I started using IR film in high school and bought my first digital converted camera in 2009. I love the depth of creativity it offers, both in terms of composition and processing.

When you see the color options there are typically three: the original photo from the converted camera, a black and white version, and a version where I have swapped the blue and red color channels in Photoshop. This is a popular way to manipulate infrared photos to preserve the natural color of the blue sky       

I hope you enjoy my photos!

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