How I Shot: Lakeside Infrared

Today’s Post by Joe Farace

Since I live in a part of the country where we have real Winter, when leaves start dropping off the trees infrared photography loses some its impact as the white leaves I enjoy capturing during the warmer parts of the year. Before Winter descends upon Daisy Hill with a vengeance, I set myself the task of doing as much infrared photography I could until all the leaves were gone. So I went for a walk around  Bingham Lake and took the counter clockwise lakeside path to find some different views.

How I made this shot: The above image was made with a Panasonic Lumix G5 that was converted to infrared capture using LifePixel’s Standard IR conversion. The lens was a Olympus 9mm f/8 fish-eye  and was shot using the 16:9 aspect ratio, which is something I like to use for IR images giving them a panoramic look and (with this lens) minimizing possible distortion at the top and bottom of the frame. Exposure was 1/640 sec at f/8 and ISO 400.

The image was captured in RAW format and lightly processed in Adobe Camera Raw before moving into Silver Efex Pro for monochrome conversion and copper toning. Since these leaves were backlit and appeared to be glowing I added the Glow filter from Color Efex Pro and beecause I like the fairy tale mood the glow filter produces.

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

My book, The Complete Guide to Digital Infrared Photography is currently out-of-print but new copies are available from Amazon for $29.95 and used copies for $7.99 as I write this. Creative Digital Monochrome Effects has a chapter on IR photography and is available from Amazon with used copies selling for under $2.42, less than your next coffee at Starbucks.