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August 02, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

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Trees in Redwood Shores in Infrared

I recently upgraded to a Canon 5D Mark II and tried to sell my old 5d classic to recooperate the cost without much luck.  Instead of selling it for a much lower price than I would have wanted, I decided to expand my horizons and have the old 5d classic sensor modified to take infrared instead of visible light photographs.  

Infrared images have a completely different look and feel to them.  Almost surreal/out of this world.  You look at a scene, take a picture, and it just looks completely different when you look at the preview or computer screen.  The bright blue sky you're so used to seeing turns out really dark.  Green leaves are white, yet some things turn out as you would expect out of a black and white image but with excellent tones of grey.  

I'm still going through the learning curve, but since cameras are originally designed to handle visible light wavelengths, the automatic features on the cameras do not really matter anymore.  Focusing and exposure metering are off.  Since the metering measures visible light and different materials reflect infrared wavelengths in different ways.  Metering for the exposure usually needs some "compensation" adjustment.   I've learned to appreciate using the camera in fully manual settings since the values you get on camera no longer reflect what it's actually taking.  It forces you to slow down and think about your composition and technique.   

This intro to IR photography brings back that old feeling of when you first picked up a camera and the adventurer in you comes out and you're introduced to this whole new world of visual senses you never thought of before.  Here is my first official Infrared image posted on the website and expect more to come!

More IR images from this walk around Redwood Shores

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