• Winter Infrared

Since my re-emersion into infrared about a year ago, I’ve shot infrared in myriad conditions throughout the year and am discovering how the angle of light, quality of light, weather, and time of year affect the image. Always on the lookout for a different approach, I was surprised at the way infrared handled winter in the Smokies, 2016.

For example, the green leafs on the rhododendrons are green throughout the year, as in the lead image. It’s also worthy to note that the water flows strongly in Feb, as the snow is beginning to melt down the mountain and rain is not uncommon, which will further swell the streams for outstanding water photography. I added a 6 stop Singh Ray MorSlo filter to get a 30 second exposure.

Image #1 – The infrared turned the sparse green leaves to white. With the slightly glowing snow (infrared), the scene has more of a winter feel than the color image.

Image #2 – The infrared dramatically increased cloud detail.

Image #3 – The green stubble on the settlement image appears to be snow in infrared, including greater cloud detail.

Image #4 – The long infrared exposure accentuated the  glowing reflections on the water’s surface and in the bright areas at the bottom of the falls.

We have an emergency opening in our Feb 5-9 Smokies Winter Shootout. Please contact Susan for more info.

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Here’s what I use and why:

D300 Super Color conversion (590nm) from Lifepixel.com – enables creation of color infrared as well as B&W. Adding  higher nm filters, e.g. 650, 720, 830 nm required the use of Live View. 

D800 Standard infrared (720nm) – my main camera for 90+% of my infrared work.

Singh Ray I-Ray 690nm infrared filter, (discount code – sweet10) for use on my D810 color camera, creating true infrared images. May require a little longer exposure.

Most used lens for infrared and in my general photography is the Nikkon 24-120 f/4. It does not create a “hot spot,” and is a great range.

The Hoodman HoodCrank (discount code TSD10) to keep attached to the D300 when using a filter, so that I can see the Live View without holding onto the Hoodman.

Solid tripod, Ball-head for nature, cable release.

Although software can, on occasion, create excellent infrared, it’s rare that it looks as good as a converted camera or filter.

I know it’s almost Christmas, but after new year’s, spring is here almost immediately!

Now is a good time to start considering adding a converted camera and/ or the Singh Ray I-Ray filter.

Sue and I wish everyone a Great Holiday Season and a safe, healthy, and prosperous 2017.

Tony