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Infrared Macro Photography Is From Another Planet

derangedvisions3 months ago3 min read

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Photo taken by me @derangedvisions


What planet is this?

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Well this is still my front yard. I am trying out a new type of editing style and it is mimicking the look of infrared photography. I am hoping to get another camera body in the future that I can modify the sensor to be sensitive to the infrared light spectrum and be used specifically for infrared photography.


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Photo taken by me @derangedvisions


The looks you can achieve with infrared is pretty surreal. It makes it look like you are photographing plants on a distant planet.


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Photo taken by me @derangedvisions


What is Infrared Photography?

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In infrared photography, the film or image sensor used is sensitive to infrared light. The part of the spectrum used is referred to as near-infrared to distinguish it from far-infrared, which is the domain of thermal imaging. Wavelengths used for photography range from about 700 nm to about 900 nm.
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Here is a diagram that has some visual representation of the light spectrum and where infrared falls in reference to the visible light spectrum that we can see with our eyes.

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The results can be awesome

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It is amazing what you can capture with infrared. Even though I am not shooting with a true infrared camera, the editing can get results that are pretty close to it.


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You can't beat shooting with a true infrared camera. Being able to capture the real IR wavelengths in camera and then taking them in the photo editing software to work with can yield some amazing results. I have seen a lot of great portrait photography that was shot in infrared and the skin tones you can achieve are really nice.


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Photo taken by me @derangedvisions


Another good thing about having a camera converted to infrared with you means that you can shoot at any time of the day. Most of the time when shooting normally, the best time to shoot is during "golden hour", which is the short time span after sunrise and before sunset. With infrared, the best time to shoot is actually in the middle of the day when it is the brightest outside. So if you have two camera bodies and one is converted for IR, you can get awesome photos any time of day.

Some dandelions just for fun

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Here are some macro shots of dandelions that I thought were pretty cool. So.... ya, enjoy.


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Thanks for stopping by and checking out my pictures. I hope you learned a little bit about infrared photography and maybe got inspired to pick up your camera or smartphone and go out and take some pictures of your own. Let me see your best dandelion or flower close ups in the comments below.

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