It Ain’t Snow: Arvada, CO in Infrared

Today’s Post by Joe Farace

The above image was made in Arvada, Colorado on the grounds of the Arvada Center for the Performing Arts, a multi-use cultural facility that is operated by the City of Arvada and which opened in 1976.

The Arvada Center comprises the Arvada History Museum, three theaters, art galleries, music, dance, and theater rehearsal rooms, classrooms, a conference center and an amphitheater. Once upon a time it was home to one of the biggest charity car shows in the Rocky Mountain West, the Hot Times Kool Cars Show, until  management change at the Center decided otherwise.

Evergreens, like these pines (I think or maybe they’re blue spruce) have the kind of unpredictable response to infrared capture that’s far different from how deciduous trees appear. The above photograph was captured with my (now sold) Canon EOS 50D that was converted to IR use by LifePixel. A Tamron AF18-200mm XR Di lens that was set at 18mm. Handheld exposure was 1/40 sec at f/16 at ISO 400.

Life Pixel does a great job with IR conversions and they have done all of conversions for my Canon DSLRs as well as Panasonic Lumix G-series cameras.


Copies of my book, The Complete Guide to Digital Infrared Photography, are available from Amazon for $36.21 but used copies are just $14.40 as I write this. Creative Digital Monochrome Effects has a chapter on IR photography and is available used from Amazon for $4.00. Copies of both make a nice gift for an infrared shooting friend or yourself.