Shooting Infrared Images in the Winter

by | Jan 3, 2020

Today’s Post by Joe Farace

In traditional infrared photography, the Wood Effect produces the bright to white re-production of the chlorophyll layer of deciduous plants, even non-deciduous plants and trees will show some effect and, to my mind, digital IR capture works perfectly well even with the snow on the ground.

Continuing a theme that I began with a post entitled “What Inspires Your Photography,” I’ve been making digital infrared images in a winter when the only leaves on the trees are from evergreens, like these Ponderosa Pines in the background of these leafless aspens.

How I made this shot: Today’s featured image was shot literally in my own backyard with a Panasonic Lumix G6 that had been converted to infrared-only capture by LifePixel and a Lumix G Vario 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH lens. Exposure was 1/40 sec at f/16 and ISO 400. The RAW file was converted to monochrome using Silver Efex Pro enhanced with the Glamour Glow filter in Color Efex Pro added for a wintry look.

If you would like to experience some of the same thrill of discovery that occurred during the first phase of your personal photographic education, my advice is never stop exploring. Try some new things. Maybe it’s infrared photography but whatever you do try something that’s outside your comfort zone.

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

Used copies of my book, The Complete Guide to Digital Infrared Photography is currently are available from Amazon starting at $22.28 as I write this. Creative Digital Monochrome Effects has a chapter on IR photography and is available from Amazon with new copies at $41.48 with used copies starting around two bucks—a bargain for one of my favorite books.