A Different Light

October 26, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

A different light

Infrared photography creates images by capturing a different type of light than the one you naturally see.To elaborate on that: photography is done by capturing the light that bounces off the objects in front of the camera.This can be done using a digital sensor or a light-sensitive film. ‘Regular’ photography captures the same type of light that we see.

Infrared photography is able to see and register IR light that’s invisible to the human eye. This is done either through specially made film for analog (film) SLR cameras, external IR filters for DLSR cameras, or with digital cameras modified to capture this part of the light spectrum.Using any of these means, you can recreate very unique visual recreations of IR light. The resulting effect can be very different from the way you see things, which makes it highly appealing for its creative potential.

  I started this ‘toes in the water’ infra red adventure and purchased a Nikon 3300 that had already been converted to infra red.  It is a small enough camera that it could be readily hand held during a simple walk about and had the extra benefit of having a reverse IR filter that when put on allowed pictures to be taken normally.  I have to admit being a first timer with this and at a pretty fast pace, I seriously did not have enough time to do settings correctly or sit and absorb the atmosphere to the extent I would have wanted.  This was just fun with a chance to create a different mood for the scenes that surrounded. 

Calvin Coolidge Park in Vermont was the perfect location for this type of photography. The skies were at their utmost with billowy clouds and sun peaking out intermittently.  So off we went with this little camera in hand,and here are some of the results!

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