How I Photographed “Crossing the Bridge”

by | Mar 26, 2021

Today’s Post by Joe Farace

“It is not good to cross the bridge before you get to it.”—Judi Dench

The featured image is from my book The Complete Guide to Digital Infrared Photography. By the way, this was not my suggested title for this book. As is quite common in the photo book world, this title was shoved down my throat by the publisher. I  preferred something much less pretentious and more accurate, such as Getting Started with Infrared Photography. Used copies of the book are available at bargain prices from Amazon and this image can be found in Chapter Four on “Capturing Options.”

How I made this shot: This image made at Barr Lake State Park in Colorado. It was shot using a tripod-mounted FujiFilm 3.1-megapixel S20 Pro camera with a Super EBC Fujinon 6x optical zoom lens (equivalent to 35 – 210mm) using a 58mm Hoya R72 Infrared filter that, at the time, was the least expensive way to create IR images with a on-camera filter. Right now, a 58mm Hoya R72 is still relatively inexpensive at $49.95 and is one of the three basic filters that can be found in my infrared filter kit. Exposure was 1/5 sec at f/2.8 and ISO 200.

The original JPEG image was toned using Pixel Genius’ PhotoKit. If you follow that link you’ll discover that PixelGenius has stopped developing this plug-on along with their other products and have released PhotoKit, PhotoKit Sharpener and PhotoKit Color as freeware without requiring serial numbers or activation. Be sure to download PhotoKit. It does more than just toning and I’ve found its burning and dodging tools to be indispensable when working in Photoshop.

While the above image was made using an infrared filter and that remains the least expensive way for anyone to get started with infrared photography, this method has some limitations, mainly the slow shutter speeds produced. That’s why most of my recent IR photography has been done using infrared-converted cameras. For a look at a comparison of the two methods, please read my post Infrared Capture Choices: On-Camera Filter or Conversion? when you have time.

I’ve found that Life Pixel does a great job with IR conversions and they have done most of the conversions for my Canon DSLRs and all of my Panasonic Lumix G-series cameras. This is not a paid or sponsored endorsement, just my experience.

My book, The Complete Guide to Digital Infrared Photography is available from Amazon for $21.29, with used copies starting from $16.98 as I write this. Creative Digital Monochrome Effects has a chapter on IR photography and is available from Amazon for $22.19 with used copies starting around two bucks. There are no Kindle copies available, sorry.