I recieved my 550nm filter on Monday and have trying it out in all sorts of lighting circumstances with the full spectrum conversion on my Olympus camera.
Infrared Photography let's me explore a different light spectrum than what the human eye can see.
Our eyes see green from the reflection of light. All of our colors are seen that way.
Okay, that is not a scientific explanation, but it is the best I can do in layman's terms.
Different spectrums allow the camera to see light reflected differently. The above shots appeal to the kid in me who still believes that a person should be able to color their art in any way they want to.
How fun is it that the leaves and grass turn out red?
How will these look in the fall? As the chlorophyll is no longer produced in the trees, the absorption/refection of light will change too.
We see leaves as green because of the absorption by chlorophyll of the red and blue light wavelengths.
Okay. Enough of that.
If you want to read more about Infrared Light and Photography here is the Link:
Introduction to Infrared Photography.
All I know, is that I am having a blast.
Here is a shot with a 665nm filter.
665nm Filter unedited version
Same shot now edited with what is called a Channel Swap of Red and Blue:
Last night I pulled out my Hoya R72 filter and put it on a different lens. White balance changed according to the grass at my feet.
I did a quick channel swap with this filter and got the shot above. I was really excited as to how the sky appeared behind the tree. To my normal eye it was blue but the clouds were not distinct like they are in IR.
I could have probably pulled some more yellow into the foliage of the trees, but I really like the way it turned out.
Then another shot with the 720nm filter on the Canon ELPH pocket camera that was converted. Same tree, morning light and fog.
The twisted tree, yesterday with the Hoya R72. Again, the pale blue just appeals to me.
Then a few more experiments in the 550nm filter from my hike in the woods with Charlie and Sven. I found that in shady areas the shots would work for black and white conversion, but not very well for wild colors.
I did however have some luck with the elements, of sky, leaves, water, and grass.
For me, the wild colors are exciting and fun.
Oh I still do regular photography. I still love it.
But I have so much fun exploring the non visible spectrum.
This morning in fact I found out that little tiny Charlie could follow me on my bike.
I have to wait for him, but he sure was up for the pre dawn bike ride this morning!
So many smells!
And for the parting shots.
IR 850nm. Used for stark black and white photography.
I took these on Monday night as the storm blew in.
Many of my shots this week didn't turn out. I was simply experimenting with angles.
Can I shoot towards the sun? Not well.
Can I shoot at 90 degrees? Not so bad.
Shady? Good for black and white contrast.
Water reflections? Neat, but not always.
Overcast? Less color.
White Balance? Adjust often and know which color to balance off from. 665nm, 550nm balance off from grey, but you can use concrete or sometimes in my case..light colored dirt.
The higher ones? White Balance off from foliage.
What will happen in the winter? Ahhh, at least there are pine trees for the green!