Shooting Infrared in the Winter

Today’s Post by Joe Farace

For 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, 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.

Today’s 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 stage of your personal photographic education, my suggestion is never stop exploring. Try some new things. Maybe it’s infrared photography but whatever you do try something that’s outside your normal comfort zone, which was the subject of yesterday’s post.

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.

Copies of my book, The Complete Guide to Digital Infrared Photography, are available from Amazon for $7.08 used, as I write this. Creative Digital Monochrome Effects has a chapter on IR photography and is available used from Amazon for four bucks. A copy of each one make a nice gift for an infrared shooting friend or yourself.