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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New Petition Asks Kodak to Revive Kodak Infrared Ektachrome Film

Lead Photo by Steve Harwood. Used with Creative Commons Permission

A new online petition on Change.org is appealing to Kodak to bring back yet another film emulsion: Kodak Infrared Ektachrome. This film is not to be confused with Kodak Aerochrome–which we’ve featured very prominently on this website. Kodak discontinued the film along with a lot of their infrared films due to people just not buying it–as is the case with lots of films being discontinued. However, with a new generation of photographers starting out in digital and then picking up film afterwards coming to the fore, Infrared film may have a new home soon.

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Hoya Launches New Solas IRND Infrared Neutral Density Filters

Today, Hoya USA is introducing Solas, a new series of IRND (Infrared Neutral Density) filters for photo and cinema cameras. According to their claims, the SOLAS series maintains neutral color transmission throughout the 1 to 10 stop density range while suppressing infrared contamination on the image.

Imaging digital sensors are sensitive to all forms of light, hence it is necessary to use neutral density filters to create certain desired creative effects during exposure. Using a ND filter that maintains a consistent color balance throughout the density range is critical to the post-production process, saving time and money for photographers and cinematographers alike. Furthermore, The Solas series suppresses infrared radiation which often presents itself in the form of red noise or difficult to correct color-shift in the shadow areas of the exposed image. Continue reading…

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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InfraRed Sox

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“In his images from an infrared converted camera, players’ uniform numbers and names seemingly disappear, giving a fresh slate to the upcoming season.”

Via the Boston Globe

Infrared Dreams Takes Inspiration from Alice in Wonderland

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All photos by Nikita Gill. Used with permission.

“This series was indeed inspired by Alice in Wonderland which is my favorite story and often inspires my work.” says London based photographer Nikita Gill. “I chose colors that matched the idea of Wonderland in my head. The pinks, the purples, the blues. All in effect creating a strange, mysterious, magical place.”

Nikita Gill describes herself as a twenty something old forest whose trees whisper in art, photography and written epiphanies. At first, she only understood drawings and paintings–but later she grew to truly appreciate photography and photoshop manipulations. Perhaps this one of the reasons why many of the images in Infrared Dreams highly emphasize the idea of a path in the woods. “I love the idea of the unknown, the journey, the mystery of a never ending path and what lies at the end of it. That is why the images focused on a sort of magical path that guides you through this strange forest of dreams.”

This forest of dreams is part of Nikita’s inner creative expression–the creation of an escape. “For me, whilst creating these images, there was a calm, a serenity.” states Ms. Gill. “I wanted so much for those who see these images to sense the same, and feel that sense of wonder and adventure that following these magical pathways bring!”

Nikita loves the idea of a surreal world within nature–one that holds its own magic beyond the wildest imagination. She tried to capture this magic using a Canon 600D and a 100mm lens with an infrared filter attached.

For Nikita, the dream with this project is to create large format prints for a gallery. “I want the paths and the landscapes to be life sized so the people viewing them can sense a sort of magic too.” The rest of the series is after the jump.

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Slices of Silence: Quiet Black and White Infrared Landscapes

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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

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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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The Phoblographer’s Guide to Infrared Flash Triggering

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Here, we generally talk about strobism and using a flash with radio transmitters. We prefer radio because of how reliable they are, but they’re not the only option. For years, many photographers have triggered flashes and strobes using infrared transmission.

What’s infrared? Basically, it’s another way of triggering flashes to go off and usually requires you to use another flash. There are also limitations but in most situations it’s pretty reliable and it gets the job done.

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Andy Lee’s Landscapes Digital Infrared Landscapes Will Leave You in Awe

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All photographs shot by and used with permission from Andy Lee.

I think it’s safe to say that everyone knows about Iceland’s best kept secrets, what with all those mind-blowing images and time-lapses we often see on the web. As if those weren’t enough, we see Iceland in movies and in TV shows as well. Not that anybody can blame those who seek out the country’s landscapes – they are quite possibly out of this world! But it would be refreshing to see a different take on them.

Enter photographer, creative director, filmmaker, and all around artist Andy Lee. He takes on Iceland with a different perspective, if you must, using digital infrared to capture the country’s highlights, and it’s truly effective.

In Lee’s epic but also somehow minimalistic photographs, there’s a clear line between light and darkness, as if he just happens upon scenes where lone mountains, modest chapels, and waterfalls take center stage and literally have the one spotlight in the entire theater directed upon them and nowhere else. And not only does Lee have a knack for emphasizing his subjects, drawing his spectators’ attention immediately to them, he knows how to perfectly set the overall mood of his photographs, evoking emotions from their viewers.

This is one take on Iceland that I’m sure we’d all like to see more of.

See more photos from the series after the jump.

 

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

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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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Hacked Infrared RED Epic Shoots Video That Looks Like Kodak Aerochrome

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Holy crap! It’s rare that we get this super excited about a video but this latest video from Director Joshua Lipworth is kind of blowing our minds right now. Josh took a RED Epic cinema camera and customized it to shoot in the infrared spectrum–which can often give users some beautiful and trippy results. But what Josh got is something a bit more amazing than the normal blue and white hues that are apparent in infrared shooting. Instead, he hacked it to look a bit like the long gone Kodak Aerochrome film. Though some projects are still done on it, it’s very rare to see them.

To refresh everyone’s minds, Kodak Aerochrome takes the greens in a scene and turns them into purplish reds. The film was invested for military surveillance reasons to sniff out guerilla troops in the Congo. There is a similar concept behind the new Lomochrome Purple film, but it’s not quite there. Granted, this short film isn’t quite there either but it’s quite close and to out knowledge, nothing like this has been tried before in the digital world.

We’re not exactly quite sure as to how Josh did this though–it could be use of on-camera/lens filters or lots of post-production work. Work like that though would really take a toll on the RED Epic’s color range.

Take a look at the video after the jump–and while the video’s concept itself is quite trippy, the added effects of the coloring make it even trippier.

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Review: Tiffen 77mm Combination Neutral Density 1.8 Infrared (IR) Filter

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Editor’s Note: Big thanks goes out to Doug Guerra over at the Alternating Line; a new NYC based company that focuses on freelance camera operating and video engineering.

Filters are an interesting bunch–many photographers will say that you don’t need them but others swear by the protection that they can offer. But when it comes to the video world, they’re a necessity. While many of us on the site prefer to use Vari-ND filters for the convenience that they offer, many videographers still prefer to go with dedicated filters. Both have their advantages, but some are really designed to give an extra punch. In the case of Tiffen’s Combo IR ND filter, you might want to use this one with a cinema camera.

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Infrared-LED-Equipped Glasses Circumvent Face Detection, Make You Look Like a Dork

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Ah, the Japanese. Always good for a crazy invention. This time, they’ve come up with infrared-LED-equipped glasses that help to circumvent face detection. When (knowingly or unkowingly) photographed, the near-infrared light that the glasses’ built-in LEDs emit will be registered by most cameras’ sensors and cause the eyes-and-nose-part of the face to appear washed out, while the light is invisible to the human eye. While privacy is indeed a concern now that CCTV cameras are recording every movement especially in crowded public places, these particular glasses do make you look a bit of a dork, to be honest. But then again, that will probably go mostly unnoticed on the streets of Tokyo … (or those of New York, for that matter.)

Via Akihabara News

Richard Mosse: The Impossible Image Is A Film Shot on Infrared 16mm Film

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Richard Mosse has been getting loads of press lately since starting and working on his project in the Congo. He decided to use Kodak Aerochrome–which is an infrared film that renders greens to look red/purple/pink. Green is a color all over that area of the world and so the creative decision to use this film was an excellent and very original one.

So far, we’ve only heard about his still images, but Rich has also created a motion picture film shot on 16mm infrared film–basically the same Kodak Aerochrome. Sadly, the film is mostly gone now and the closest thing is the revived Lomography LomoChrome Purple.

There is a preview of the video after the jump.

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Pentax K-r Official: New Colors, Infrared Transmission Standard

Today, the Pentax K-r was announced. It will be capable of shooting 6fps, infrared data transmission to cell phones and other devices, 11-point AF, 720p HD video, in-camera special effects filters, ISO 25,600, and will be available in October for $799.95 in a number of colors. You can pre-order it at Amazonright now.

Full Press Release at Photography Bay.

Preview at DPReview

Overview at Imaging Resource

Basics over at Digital Camera Review

Canon Announces XF Line of Pro Camcorders- Featuring 3D and Infrared

Today, Canon introduced a new line of professional grade camcorders: the XF105 and XF100. The camcorders allow for 3D video to be shot when two of them are paired together. Canon further claims that the infrared shooting with allow the cameras to shoot in complete darkness. The release and a comparison is after the jump, but there is no word on pricing. To my eyes though, these look like higher grade HV camcorders in terms of ergonomics.

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15 Nature Photographs That Prove How Beautiful the Universe Is

2021 was a fantastic year of photography. Despite ongoing hurdles, we’ve been balled over by the work rate and creativity of photographers from around the world. Photographers have traveled far and wide, explored new lands, and showed us how beautiful our world truly is. Some incredible nature photography has come our way throughout this year, and in this article we’re sharing 15 photographs that highlight our wonderful world.

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Is the Original Sony a7 Still a Good Camera?

The joke with Sony cameras is that you used to buy it along with five batteries. Indeed, there was a time when their battery life was pretty dismal. That’s around the time period the original Sony a7 comes from. And yet, when I bought mine, I was head over heels for it. This was a time when I wanted more than what my X Pro 1 gave me. I yearned for the full-frame output my Olympus OMD EM5 lacked. And I demanded the innovation Canon refused to give us with the Canon 6D. During that time, Sony was the only one to really answer the call. And they changed the industry greatly. They also delivered cameras at a furious pace, which made the rest of the industry look like snails. Now, years later, is the original Sony a7 still any good?

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