Infrared and daylight saving time

Infrared and daylight saving time

Daylight saving time. Here in Arizona, the light hardens in a short time. One of the things I do to increase my shooting time is switch to the infrared camera.

High sun and infrared capture lead to some interesting high contrast images. I had a Lumix G6 converted to an infrared sensor Life pixel. As an old traditionalist, I use the standard 720 Nanometer (NM), which can give a standard IR look. It can also be processed in a different way using toning techniques, which I will share in another post.

Work the scene

If you see a subject that you think might be of interest, don’t just take one shot and go merrily. To research. Try different angles. Use different focal lengths of your camera. Often you will find that with further research you get a solid picture. And more!

The log

Walking through the area gave me different views of the block and tree. Each has a slightly different feel. All images taken with Lumix G6 G Vario 14-140mm lens. Settings: 41mm, 1/500s, f/5.8, ISO 160.

Here’s a good example. I was walking Watson Lake Trail in Prescott, AZ. I saw a fallen tree below. Knowing the scene would be in black and white, I wanted to try different looks since composition sells the subject. The leaves of the deciduous tree next to the fallen block soldier were an excellent counterpoint. Leaves turned bright glowing white.

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Depending on usage, all of these images are fine. Note that this one has a light sepia tone that warms it up a bit. Settings: 70mm, 1/250s, f/5.8, ISO 160.

I forgot to take a color image of the scene for reference, but know that the scene was pretty dull at this time of day. Pre-visualization made me do it the way I did it. I feel like there are a few compositions that work.

My favourite

Here was my favorite of the series.

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I like how this tells the full story of the undulating rocks, trees, logs and water. Settings: 48mm, 1/250s, f/5.8, ISO 160.

Let me know which is your favorite of these three. Read this article to learn more about infrared imaging.

Yours in creative photography, Bob