Here are some pics that look more like traditional infrared film – with all color removed. It has a neat glow to them that you don’t get from ‘regular’ capture. They are perfect for landscapes however, strange on portraits. At this time these were taken at Burke Lake park along it’s 4-mile hiking trail.
Along the shore line of the lake, the glow that the converted sensor seems to tame the highlights from direct sun reflecting from the water. Whereas usually I have to tone down highlights, these seems to be recovered nicely in post. Being that I am still new to infrared capture, this is one of the newest lessons I have to keep in my memory.
Viewing vegetation is especially nice in the infrared spectrum. As can be seen, the grasses glow a nice lighter tone that what you see when standing in the field. This is also true compared to the green tones seen in color. While it may be true that you eye can distinguish the most different green tones, the infrared keeps the texture and blades rendered. It does this without getting confused in the color.,
Finally there is this track of a mini train at the park. Somehow the contrast of the posts against the organic leaves makes the track pop more than in color. Again, I need to adjust my pre-visualization when shooting my infrared camera as this was an unexpected result.
Just some recent captures that seem to be inspired by the TV series ‘ Lost ‘. I have watched every episode so far. The current season has been filled with unexpected plot twists and mysteries. In fact, it is probably the best since season 1.
At the beginning of the series, all of the characters start the story as passengers on an airliner. After crash landing on an island, the survivors band together to survive. When I converted the above image in my post processing software, I immediately thought of Lost. On account of its popularity among my circle of friends, and in pop culture discussions, I am sure I was influenced in the back of my mind. However, it was appropriate. There is a single airliner flying above a forest. There are no other reference points to civilization nearby, so this could be a view of their plane flying above their ultimate destination. The surreal infrared capture helps to tilt this towards a fictionalized version of reality.
Yes, that is my eye. It felt like an eye exam until I finally got the shot I wanted. Lost uses close ups of eyeballs as a transition point in many episodes. It brings you in, and places you in the perspective of the character that opens their eyes to a new situation.
I recently converted my first digital SLR camera to be sensitive to infrared light from LifePixel (www.lifepixel.com). It seemed like camera surgery to me, so I let them do all the intricate work. The results are very interesting and have added another layer to my photography exploration. I have experimented this winter, but I cannot wait for the leaves to come back on the trees!
This is image above is before the conversion. Being that the sensor is now sensitive to infrared light, you can see a red tint over the image. This is due to the placement of an infrared filter over the color sensor. In effect this shifts the sensitivity of the sensor to the wavelengths of light just beyond the range of visible light. Following some post processing here is the image after color reversal:
Again, this creates an image that is a little more pleasing to the eye but a little different from the standard color range. The grass especially glows a bright white tone and the sky turns a deep blue. As can be seen in further images, this works better in some situations that others. Overall, I need to adjust my previsualization when making photos with this converted camera!
Overall, I need to adjust my previsualization when making photos with this converted camera!