It’s Not Snow: Photographing Arvada, CO in Infrared

by | Dec 4, 2019

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 that 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.

How I made this shot: Evergreens, like this blue spruce in the photograph, have an unpredictable but less intense 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-only use by LifePixel. A Tamron AF18-200mm XR Di lens that was set at 18mm. The handheld exposure was 1/100 sec at f/16 at ISO 400. The RAW file converted to monochrome with Silver Efex Pro and it was Platinum toned using PhotoKit 2.


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 $9.99 as I write this. Creative Digital Monochrome Effects has a chapter on IR photography and is available used from Amazon for around two bucks. Copies of both make a nice Christmas gift for an infrared shooting friend or yourself.