I have spent the last hour processing images for a client and needed a break to work on something different. This is an Infrared photograph I made of the Iwo Jima Memorial while in the DC area several months ago. It resembles a more typical black & white image because the statue reflects Infrared light in a similar way as visible light; the flag is the only indicator that this is not typical.
It has been a pretty busy season for me. One project that I am slowly finishing is a guide to Infrared photography. It is progressing nicely, most of the text is complete but I still have several more things I need to photograph to include as examples. Creating this guide has been helpful to organize my thoughts and expand on the principles I am learning.
The above image is one I took about two weeks ago in Colonial Williamsburg. Below is a short excerpt from my guide that explains what I look for when deciding to shoot in Infrared:
The Old Car City workshop is winding down and I have gotten my fill of old, rusty cars for now. With a location that has so many great things to photograph, it is helpful to categorize the types of photographs you want to make ahead of time. Several of mine were emblems, interiors, whole cars, cars relating to the environment that has grown around them, cars relating to each other and shots to show the overall experience of Old Car City. I try to do this with every location I visit. I create lists for nearly everything I do so this method works well for me.
Infrared is quickly becoming my new photographic obsession. Of course it depends on the subject, but I love the way the tones of the natural world are slightly surreal. The short explanation is the camera is actually capturing a spectrum of light the human eye is not able to see.
I am going to write a full explanation of Infrared photography with side by side comparisons soon. More to come…
This morning was the third time I set out to make images with my D5100 Infrared converted camera. It was a big step to purchase a DSLR and then have it converted to take images in a very specialized way. I found my previous Infrared camera was limiting both in image capabilities and in use.
I am a firm believer that you should do things to foster creative growth. I love the look and process of Infrared photography. Exploring this form of photography is a direction I want to head in for 2013. This purchase is an investment into my creativity.