Photographing “Las Manos de la Hermandad”

by | Nov 5, 2018

Today’s Post by Joe Farace

La Capilla de la Paz (The Chapel of Peace) overlooks the southern end of Acapulco Bay and is the highest point in the city of Acapulco. The top of the hill is dominated by a large white cross that’s visible from almost anywhere in the city. The chapel itself is understated fulfilling its goal of proving a peaceful environment. The church is open every day from 10 AM to 1 PM and from 4 to 6 PM, but you can explore the grounds throughout the entire day. Admission is free

The surrounding gardens include Las Manos de la Hermandad (The Hands of Brotherhood) a sculpture of praying hands that I photographed in infrared when I visited. Las Manos is typically photographed as a vertical image but I thought that since I was shooting in IR, why not change it up.

How I made this shot: Camera was a Canon EOS 50D converted to infrared capture by LifePixel. Lens was my (no-longer-available) Tamron SP AF 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Di-II LD Aspherical at 15mm with an exposure of 1/125 sec at f/13 and ISO 400. Image was processed in Silver Efex Pro and tweaked further in Color Efex Pro.

I’ve found that Life Pixel does a great job with IR conversions and they have done conversions for some of my Canon DSLRs as well as all of my Panasonic Lumix G-series cameras, including a GX1  I recently had converted using their new Hyper Color conversion. 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 used copies are available from Amazon starting at seven bucks, as I write this. My book Creative Digital Monochrome Effects has a chapter on IR photography and is available from Amazon with used copies selling for $3.76, with new copies at collector prices.