Having long-admired Paul Marcellini's infrared photos as well as others, I've been tempted for years to try my hand at it. Then my friend, Mike Riffle, had a camera converted to IR and started making some very cool photos right here in Wakulla County. So earlier this year, I had one of my older DSLRs converted as well (which means having the sensor modified to read infrared light and reduced sensitivity to visible light).
Excitedly, I started testing the new rig. And... got lots of disappointing images. I quickly learned that I needed to start "seeing scenes in infrared". Just having a dramatic sky wasn't enough, nor was simply a pleasing landscape composition. Seeing in this new way is going to take experience... a lot more experience than I have by now. But I've had a few successful shots, and one panorama that I was particularly proud of. So, I thought I'd share those with my blog audience (while honestly admitting to trashing dozens of duds for each of these). Please let me know what you think, and maybe which you find most pleasing in the comments below. That will surely help my learning curve.
Palms of St Marks IR Pano
Lake Vista is my favorite IR shot so far. It was the "calm before the storm". We had to do some hard paddling to make it back to the safety of the car (moments) before the deluge and cracks of lightning, but I was pretty sure I had the makings of a portfolio shot. This is a "stitched panorama" made of a series of 7 shots, so it is a huge file (that makes amazing large prints).
I was surprised to find that humans appear pretty normal in the IR images. This is our granddaughter, Liv and her daddy, Hendrik in the Gulf.
Lower Wacissa Paddling
Bradford Brook in the Rain
Color tints can be used, but generally I prefer to stick with straight black and white interpretations of the infrared image files.
St Marks Sky 5 (another of my favorites)
Half Mile Rise Panorama
St Marks Sky Pano38
Into Light 2
Salt Marsh Panorama IR31
St Marks Sky 3
There are my keepers so far. Let me know what you think below. Thanks, and happy wanderings.