A Light unseen
On a hilltop along a country road sits the bones of a once proud house, it looks out over a small hidden valley and orange orchard. Scattered about like shards of bone are bits of stone from its walls. The day was getting on and the light of morning gone. Light from this time of day becomes harsh making the landscape garish and hard . . . most photographers shun the light of mid-day, just for that reason. They prefer the light to be softer, warmer and the shadows open a bit, But! it is just the right time for photographing in a Light Unseen
Infrared . . our eyes cannot see into this part of the spectrum, our digital cameras have special filters (Hot Filter) over the sensor to block most of the light from this wavelength out . . . but what if we reverse the idea and let Infrared through and block out the wavelengths we see? We now see a world of reflected light that is truly amazing . . welcome to a glimpse into that world with the help of a modified digital camera that only sees a small portion in the Infrared range. All the following photographs have been taken in IR and with false coloring to remove the Red tints I share the Haunting images in this post. How you may ask did I come to get a modified camera? well it is another story that includes Ants, a Nikon D-50, a screwdriver, and some nerves to open and modify my camera (permanently voiding any warranty!), but, that’s another story . . now enjoy the photo’s from that camera, I am sure you will see the beauty and allure of Digital IR . .
Most if not all of these photos are taken with the following camera Nikon D50, lens nikkor 18~70 zoom combination and a polarizer . . . All are false colored swapping red channel & Blue Channel to get a photo that is more like a Black & White image.
Green vegetation turns various shades of white, water goes black and sky goes black as well add in clouds or mist and then you get shades of grey. It depends on what is absorbent and what is reflective . . .
I chose to leave the coffee/ sepia tone of the channel color swap in the above photo as it lent itself to the mood of the photo . . .
I hope you have enjoyed the photographs, all made in a light we cannot see. If you become interested in Infrared you can google it and get various methods from a Faux process , to filters made from old processed blank color film to removing the Hot Mirror filter from your camera to other means and companies that can modify your camera . . here is a link to one company “LifePixel“ , just remember, your camera is permanently modded and its warranty is NO MORE!
Infrared photography is a blast . . but, not for everyone.
Now go have fun and shoot some pix . . .