Last weekend, I finally had an opportunity to stretch out my newly Infrared (IR)-converted Sony a7 while visiting Emerald Falls in Oregon. After renting one a few months back, I had no doubt that having one for myself would be a worthwhile investment. Shooting in IR is certainly challenging and that makes everything about it more fun. One of the most important challenges for me is to make sure that I approach IR photography with a sense of purpose, leveraging the artistic qualities that it offers, and not use it for the sake of having an IR photo. This is forcing me to evaluate my scenes in a totally different way and, fortunately, it looks like the lush landscapes of these trails prove to be great subjects. I’ll be sharing a lot more thoughts around my adventures with IR photography in the coming weeks, too, including a bunch of video that I’m currently producing.

This photo was taken with my IR-converted Sony a7. The camera was converted using a 715nm IR filter by the wonderfully capable folks at Precision Camera (thanks again, April!). My friends at Sony couldn’t recommend them enough and that was all I needed to hear. I used my Sony FE 16-35mm lens to get this wide perspective and paired it with my 105mm Circular Polarizer by Formatt Hitech. This setup sat atop my Really Right Stuff TVC-34L/BH-55 tripod, giving me stability while also getting low enough for this vantage point. I processed the photo exclusively in Lightroom, mostly to see what the results would look like. The slight color in the image is a result of a subtle split-toning effect that I applied.