The case for infrared photography

By | 2014-09-26T09:26:11+00:00 Sep 26th, 2014|

Well, I am officially hooked on infrared photography. Earlier this morning, we took our DPW Workshop attendees to the historic barns on Mormon Row Road in Grand Tetons National Park for sunrise. Leading up to leaving for Wyoming, I got the idea to see how infrared photography would work with a Sony A7-system camera body. After doing a bunch of searching for rentals, I found that Lensrentals.com had an A7r body with a 720nm IR filter affixed to the sensor. Thankfully, they were able to get me the body the day before I flew out and I ‘ve been putting it to very rigorous use. While there is a learning curve as it relates to getting a proper white balance and with the post processing, I’ve found this experience to be super rewarding… so much so that I’ve already ordered a second A7r body and will be converting it to IR as soon as it gets to me. I’ve also got a bunch of other IR photos that I can’t wait to share in the coming weeks.

I took this photo with a Sony A7r converted to infrared with my Sony FE 24-70mm lens sitting on my Really Right Stuff TVC-34L/BH-55 tripod. Normally, I’d do everything in my power to avoid casting shadows in my frame but in this situation, the shadows of my fellow photographers added a wonderful leading line quality and broke up the foreground quite nicely. Stylization was done in Photoshop CC, by applying a custom Channel Mixer adjustment layer and then finishing it up in Lightroom.

2 Comments

  1. Elvis Rowe September 26, 2014 at 11:00 am - Reply

    Been shooting infrared for a couple years now with a converted PowerShot G2 and now a 60D. The thing I enjoy most about it is the ability to shoot at anytime throughout the day. You don’t have to wait for the “Golden Hours” to get amazing shots. Keep the IRs coming!

  2. Tonino Vicari July 25, 2015 at 5:44 pm - Reply

    Will the infared filters work on the sony cameras without the conversion?

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