Jonas Daley Takes Us on a Journey Inside His Infrared Imagination

“For a long time, I have felt drawn to wild and magical places, from the deserts to the snow-capped mountains of the Chinese landscape,” the photographer Jonas Daley tells me. “I am curious about the natural world, particularly the kinds of landscapes that feel unknown or mysterious in some way.” For more than five years now, he’s photographed the rolling dunes of the Qaidam Basin, a desert landscape surrounded by mountains, using a converted infrared camera to capture a singular location in all its otherworldly splendor. 

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Fernando Sciotto Captures the Cycle of Life in Infrared (NSFW)

“The day I found out about Kodak Aerochrome, I knew I must have it,” the photographer Fernando Sciotto tells me. “The film is expired, discontinued many years ago. The colors are unreal. All the mystique around that film seemed poetic to me, so I bought it knowing that one day I was going to need it to do something special. I got it from eBay for about €120 a roll (35mm), and I had it in my fridge for several months.”

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Maren Klemp Transports Us to a Strange and Beautiful World

“As a kid, I was very interested in the idea of parallel dimensions,” Maren Klemp tells me. “I often went to the library and spent hours searching for books in the mystery/paranormal section. When I first saw an infrared image, it reminded me of that: I felt like I was given a glimpse into another dimension.” Her series, Hidden Light, is her first foray into this strange and magical realm, guided by an inquisitive girl in white. 

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Rob Walwyn Captures the Bushfires’ Aftermath on Rare Aerochrome Film

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“On the 1st of March, 2020, I went for a drive and bushwalk in the Blue Mountains with some friends,” the photographer Rob Walwyn remembers. Two days later, on March 3rd, New South Wales would officially announce that all fires had been contained for the first time in 240 days. When all was said and done, 80% of the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area would burn during the bushfire crisis of 2019-20. 

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Paolo Pettigiani Captures the Magic of Peru and Bolivia in Infrared

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“In Perù, outside cities, it’s normal to find alpacas along the streets,” Paolo Pettigiani tells us. Two summers ago, he was driving to Patapampa, believed to be the highest paved pass in the Americas, when he turned a corner to find dozens of fluffy, teddy bear-like alpacas, enjoying a drink by a river. He stopped to take pictures as the curious animals made their way across the landscape, quenching their thirst. 

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Jason De Freitas Transforms New Zealand Into An Infrared Wonderland

“I wanted to have the experience of shooting Aerochrome at least once while I still had the chance,” the photographer Jason De Freitas tells me. He bought his first rolls in 2018, saving them until he found a landscape worthy of the now-famous discontinued infrared-sensitive film and its signature magentas and hot pinks. In the end, he packed his bags and traveled to New Zealand’s South Island, known for its towering peaks, lush rainforests, and secret waterfalls. 

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Apo Genc Reimagines Hamburg as a Utopian City in Infrared

All photos by Apo Genc. Used with Creative Commons permission.

Imagination is undoubtedly a big part of creative photography, In fact, it’s the very fuel that drive photographers like Apo Genc to see things differently and reimagine entire cities altogether. Case in point is today’s featured series, wherein the self-taught photographer used the surreal aesthetic of infrared photography to re-imagine and portray Hamburg as a utopian city. We often see infrared photography work nicely for landscape photography, so if you’ve ever been curious how it works with urbanscapes, this series will give you some ideas.

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Paolo Pettigiani Reveals More of the Maldives in Surreal Infrared

All photos by Paolo Pettigiani. Used with Creative Commons permission.

If surreal landscapes bring you creative inspiration, you’ll be amazed at the infrared photography of Italian graphic designer and photographer Paolo Pettigiani. We’ve been keeping tabs on his projects, and we think we found our favorite among all the destinations he has visited so far. The tropical paradise of the Maldives is a natural choice, especially when given his “Infraland” treatment. While the previous installment gave us a stunning bird’s eye view of the islands, reefs, and lagoons, the latest edition lets us explore and enjoy the views from the beach.

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Paolo Pettigiani’s Full Spectrum Nikon D750 Photos of the Aeolian Islands

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Charmed by infrared photography and thinking of taking the plunge into the craft? Our featured landscape series should be more than enough to give you that push. We’re putting the spotlight back on Italian graphic designer and photographer Paolo Pettigiani, who previously impressed us with his infrared photos of the Dolomites and New York City’s Central Park. This time, we have our eyes on his surreal infrared snaps of the Aeolian Islands in Sicily.

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Paolo Pettigiani’s Infrared DJI Mavic Pro 2 Shot The Maldives

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We’ve been following the work of Italian graphic designer and photographer Paolo Pettigiani for quite some time, mesmerized by his infrared renditions of some of the world’s most famous locations. The latest of these takes us to The Maldives, a tropical nation already stunning on its own, but even more eye-catching in infrared. This series becomes that much more striking with the addition of aerial photography!

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Paolo Pettigiani Reimagines Dubai as a Surreal Infrared Metropolis

All photos by Paolo Pettigiani. Used with Creative Commons permission.

Dubai has been a favorite location for many photographers: its stunning architectural elements are artworks in their own right. But if you’re fond of unique takes and perspectives on the world’s best known cityscapes, you’ll find this Dubai series by Italian photographer and graphic designer Paolo Pettigiani nothing short of impressive. As he has done with New York City’s Central Park, he opens our eyes to the surreal and unseen face of Dubai through infrared photography.

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Convert Your Sony A7r to Full Spectrum for Infrared Photography

This camera conversion project for infrared photography is not for the faint of heart.

Infrared photography is one of the most popular creative styles for both film and digital, but for the latter, you’ll need to have a camera modified specifically for this purpose. If you’ve ever been curious about how cameras are converted to enable them to shoot in infrared, fortunately, there are brave and experienced photographers like Davin Lavikka who show how it’s done.

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Andy Lee Used Infrared Photography for this Surreal Landscape Series

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Infrared photography has always been a powerful tool for surreal and breathtaking landscape snaps, as we’ve seen some of our previously featured photographers do. So, we’re thrilled to add one more impressive project to the pile with yet another feature on Pembroke-based Andy Lee. Landscape photographers looking into experimenting with infrared imagery will surely find it nothing short of fascinating!

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The Stunning Infrared Photo of Kolari Vision’s “Life in Another Light”

If you haven’t experimented with infrared photography yet, the impressive selection of winning snaps from Kolari Vision’s photo contest will surely convince you.

Not so long ago, Kolari Vision ran the first ever “Life in Another Life” Photo Contest, the aim of which was to showcase the best shots and stories from the global community of infrared photographers. Seeing the winning shots, there’s no doubt that the competition achieved just that! If you’re into eye-catching and surreal imagery, the selection will certainly inspire and intrigue you!

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Create Infrared Images with a Filter That Mimics Kodak Aerochrome Film

Those longing to participate in infrared photography can now do so on the cheap with this new filter.

Infrared photography is a specialized genre of photography that doesn’t appeal to everyone, but there is no doubt that infrared images can be quite stunning. Since Kodak Aerochrome film is hard to come by these days, one photographer decided he wanted to be able to bring this type of photography to the masses without having to use a camera conversion and with the use of a full spectrum camera., and without having to spend over $80 on one roll of Kodak Aerochrome. The result is a simple screw on lens filter that mimics the old film perfectly. Find out more after the break.

Editor’s Note: One needs a full spectrum camera in order to get the Aerochrome look.

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Przemyslaw Kruk Used Infrared Photography to Capture These Haunting Landscapes

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A quick survey of the portfolio of Polish photographer Przemyslaw Kruk shows imposing landscape photographs of sprawling fields, mountain ranges, hills, and more. I don’t know about you, but I even feel just a little overwhelmed at the power these images give off. It’s probably due to all those wide open spaces and colossal landforms which masterfully blends together. Magical Landscapes. Infrared. Poland, however, is a completely different story – the opposite of Przemyslaw’s usual fare, actually. This series is whimsical, with each image looking as if they’re pages taken straight out of a fantasy storybook. Here, the fields and trees are white, and the skies are unnatural shades of blue.

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The Infagram Camera Reveals the ‘Secret Life of Plants’ with Infrared

Now here’s one nifty camera geared specifically towards people with green thumbs. 

Today’s find is for those with green thumbs: Infagram, which is “a simple, affordable near-infrared camera produced by the Public Laboratory community in a series of collaborative experiments over the last few years.”

Infrared photography has been around for a long time. While it’s more popular nowadays for delivering surreal, otherworldly results, it’s also particularly useful with agricultural and ecological assessments usually done by larger entities such as vineyards, large farms, and even the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

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Paolo Pettigiani Captures the Stunning Dolomites and Its Surrounds in Infrared

All images by Paolo Pettigiani. Used with Creative Commons permission.

With the breath-taking Dolomites among the most famous subjects and destinations of landscape photographers, it’s not surprising to find a lot of impressive work showcasing it in different ways. We’ve previously seen it rendered in classic black and white, in moody colors, and even set against the Milky Way. The latest in our favorite snaps of the Dolomites is the surreal set by Italian graphic designer and photographer Paolo Pettigiani, who gives us a unique, “unseen” view of the stunning peaks in mind-blowing infrared.

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Przemyslaw Kruk Showcases the Surreal Beauty of Infrared Photography

All images by Przemyslaw Kruk. Used with Creative Commons permission.

Sometime in your photography journey, you’ll stumble upon the otherworldly imagery made possible by infrared photography. If you find yourself drawn to dreamlike sceneries, you’ll surely enjoy the works of Polish photographer Przemyslaw Kruk and his infrared landscapes in particular.

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