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Tuesday, 24 July 2007


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I've long wondered what the allure of this techie trick photography is, whether on film or in bits. In film-only days it was one of those weird techniques that became cliché (even in amateur photo clubs) for the perennial black sky/white tree snaps. Gee, cool.

But now that we can digitally manipulate the appearance of an image so easily I'm really wondering what the point of infrared photography might be (aside from looking for heat leaks).

I salute Mr. Chambers for assembling such a guide. But I can make my own white trees for free.

So Ken, can you cut through haze in Photoshop and reveal cloud or distant detail that you don't see in a visible light exposure? Or (assuming you shoot with an unmodified camera) can you get long exposures as well. Shooting digital IR for real is a whole lot different from faking it.

There's two new web resources for people interested in IR photography.
The IR Buzz Blog:

IR Photography Community Forum:

Now, now, Ken...I don't shoot or care for IR either, but my taste doesn't obligate anybody else so far as I know. Lots and lots of people like, and are interested in, IR, and it's their call for their work, right?


In Steve Johnson's new landscape photography book he mentions an anecdote about taking a picture at Crater Lake and being able to see Mount Shasta in the resulting image--though he could not see it with his eye. His camera did not have an IR blocking filter.

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