Jack Seikaly: Digital Infrared Photography Influenced by Kodak Aerochrome

All images by Jack Seikaly. Used with permission.

“I’m a confused pessimist at heart. I view a world that is in a constant state of chaos and anarchy, generally getting worse over time,” says Jack Seikaly about his infrared photography. “The message I try to portray in my infrared shots is this: ‘the world may be terrible, but look at all the beauty it also has to offer.'”

Born in London, raised in Beirut, and living in Montreal, Jack has been given the privilege to view the world from multiple perspectives and understand different cultures. Along the way, he’s been taking photos. Like many others out there, he was infatuated with the HDR photography process until he started to go towards the world of Infrared. “I’ve now opened my eyes to the wonders of infrared, continuously evolving my technique and style,” he tell us.

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A Different Wavelength to Inspire: Landscapes in the Infrared Spectrum

“Have you done any photo projects?” This is a question I loathed answering for a long time. I am asked this question several times a year and my response makes me cringe. “No, I haven’t done any sort of photo projects.”

Ugh…Inadequacy. As an Olympus Trailblazer, I am inspired by this type of work from my peers, and I knew it was my turn.

I have always wanted to put together some sort of cohesive series of images. However, over the years I have never found anything that I felt would make a good personal project for me.

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Freestyle Photographic Dropped Their Prices on Rollei Film and Developer

Very recently, Freestyle Photographic sent out an email to their customers letting them know about some really super deals on Rollei film. In fact, the prices are better than anything I’ve been able to find on both Amazon and B&H Photo. So whenever I can, I’m all for supporting the little guy.

Not only are the price drops on film though, they’re also on development chemicals.

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Infrared NYC: Central Park Like You Have Never Seen It Before

All Images By Paolo Pettigiani. Used with Permission. 

“I love the majesty and the contrast of nature included in the famous Big Apple’s skyscrapers, so I decided to highlight this contrast using infrared photography inviting viewers into a world unseen.” Paolo Pettigiani says of his Infrared NYC series, which highlights images of Central Park in infrared/aerochrome.

Mr. Pettigiani has been working with Infrared photography for much of the last two years, mainly focusing on landscapes around his home town of Turin. Over time, he developed the idea for his Infrared NY series, eventually settling on Central Park as the location. “I wanted to show one of the most famous place in the world, as never seen before. I chose this place because I wanted to capture the unique environment of Central Park, an Island of Paradise within the city.”

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Slices of Silence: Quiet Black and White Infrared Landscapes


All photos by Nathan Wirth. Used with permission.

“I also don’t work on photography unless the weather is shitty.” says photographer Nathan Wirth, who was born and raised in San Francisco. He is a self-learned photographer that uses a variety of techniques— including long exposure and infrared— to express his unending wonder of the fundamental fact of existence by attempting to focus on the silence that we can sometimes perceive in between the incessant waves of sound that often dominate our perceptions of the world. This is partially the foundation for his project: Slices of Silence.

It also has a bit to do with Nathan’s recent studies involving Japanese traditions of Zen, rock gardens, and calligraphy– as well as the transience, impermanence, and imperfections of wabi-sabi. Nathan’s studies of calligraphy and Zen writings have led him to the practice of trying to achieve, while working on his photography, a mind of no-mind (mu-shin no shin), a mind not preoccupied with emotions and thought, one that can, as freely as possible, simply create.

This project features infrared landscape shot with a Sony camera–and while we think they’re quite dark and foreboding, Nathan personally does not.

We chatted with Nathan about his work for Slices of Silence and about how he almost didn’t become a photographer.

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The Fujifilm X-T1 IR Shoots Infrared Images



Based on all the success that the Fujifilm X-T1 gained, the company has gone ahead and created an infrared version of their award winning camera. According to the company’s press release, it’s going to be marketed to crime scene investigation, fine art photography, healthcare diagnostics and observation professionals. Externally, it’s identical to the X-T1, but it’s what’s on the inside that counts.

It maintains the X Trans Sensor–which the other cameras have and that randomizes colors. But when it comes to infrared work, you’ll get different results. For starters, this is a 16.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor that can capture UV light. Specifically, the company states “Professional-grade infrared technology from the ultraviolet (UV), visible and infrared (IR) portions of the spectrum (approximately 380nm – 1,000nm)” The standard IR cut filter has been removed and an anti-reflective coating has been applied to the sensor according to what Fujifilm tells us.

More tech specs are after the jump. When it comes to America, it’ll cost you $1,699.95.

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Phase One’s New IXU 150 is Designed for Drone Use


Phase One just came out with something designed for UAVs–and it’s bound to capture loads of details. Today, the company announced their brand new IXU 150 with a 50MP CMOS sensor. The camera boasts 8280 pixels cross- track coverage–which means that it’s getting a lot more out of each image than a full frame DSLR can. Plus the sensor can shoot from ISO 100 to 6400. The camera uses magnesium and therefore is also said to be 30% lighter than aluminum designs. Beyond that, the Phase One iXU 150 will be available in either visible light or Near-IR configurations. Years ago, what the Army used to do is use Infrared films like Aerochrome in drones. That film turned all greens into a pink/purple and as we’ve seen recently in music videos you can totally get that look again.

The camera uses the company’s Schneider-Kreuznach lenses, which when we tested out years ago we weren’t so crazy about.  The camera will start shipping in July. The Phase One iXU 150 has a list price of $40,000 USD. That means that mere mortals won’t be getting their hands on this camera unless they’re on a trust fund and live in an area where drone flight isn’t illegal.

Be Inspired by These Cool Digital Infrared Images by a Prague-Based Photographer

Benn Murhaaya - Murhaaya.com

All images taken by and used with permission from Benn Murhaaya.

We love the fact that Prague-based photographer Benn Murhaaya‘s portfolio, which includes documenting events and collaborating with performance artists, has evolved into the more bizarre and sometimes surreal photography, many of which (be warned!) may be NSFW, because he’s done a terrific job with them – somewhat turning regular cosplay and fetishes into storytelling photographs that are considerably darker and twisted. And we also love the fact that he has been helping with the film revival movement by focusing a lot of his energy on shooting 35mm and large format films.

But it’s his older digital work from 2008 that’s got our attention here at The Phoblographer. While we were browsing through his portfolio, we happened upon his cool digital infrared images of landscapes and industrial decay that he mostly shot with just his Fuji Finepix S9600 camera and a Hoya R72 filter. And we thought we’d share them with you.

Of this series, Murhaaya has this to say:

“With exception of photographs from Industrial Decay set (that was shot on Canon 5D Mark II), those were all shot using a Fuji Finepix S9600 compact camera. Back then, in 2008/2009 when these photographs were taken it was one of more high profile EVF cameras. Filter I used was classic choice Hoya R72 an almost opaque piece of glass. This allows through only very narrow part of visible spectrum and lets through the near infrared beyond 700-800 nm. Together with the rather weak IR blocking filter inside the camera, I was able to take pictures with exposure times around one second during the most sunny days. With ISO set to 100 and aperture on 2.8. Using a compact camera, every picture was a battle against the noise, that quickly started showing up even on such low ISO. On the plus side, the EVF came in very handy, because it allowed me to compose with the filter on. After a while I got used to the world in near IR where leaves are white and sky turns dark, almost complete reverse of the normal tonal values, so I was able to judge the framing without the need to look through the viewfinder.”

Infrared photography has not really quite caught on, despite its attractiveness and the fact that when used right it really does add a kind of surreal quality to the images; that’s probably because shooting IR is a longer trickier process or maybe because it might just be too unreal looking to most photographers. But we’re hoping that sharing Murhaaya’s IR work will inspire you to utilize IR for an awesome series of your own.

Check out Murhaaya’s cool-looking IR images after the jump.

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