Infrared photographyPowerful stillness
There are two things that draw me towards infrared photography :
- In itself, infrared offers great contrasts, black skies, light foliage… It’s really a great way to create impactful black and white images
- As I don’t have a camera body that I’m willing to sacrifice and convert to infrared-only by having the sensor’s IR filter removed, I use a Hoya infrared filter directly on the lens. That “conflict” between the Hoya filter that only lets infrared light through and the sensor’s filter that’s supposed to remove infrared light has the effect of not letting a whole lot of light pass through, so even on sun-drenched days, you’ll quickly be doing 30-second exposures.
In my opinion, this is not an inconvenience whatsoever. I’ve always been a big fan of slow shutter speeds that allow to show the passage of time in a photograph.
- Actually, this appeal is three-fold! There’s also the little bonus that as it requires the maximum amount of light possible, you get to make good use of the harsh mid-day sun, during the hours that are usually considered less appealing. Ain’t that nice?!
- Using an infrared filter to force a slow shutter and bring a really special eery feel…
- Date(s) : started in 2016 and going strong
- Location(s) :
- Here, there, around…
- Canon EOS 5d mkIII
- Canon EF 17-40 f4 L
- Canon EF 24-70 f2.8L
- Hoya IRR7277 Infrared filter
- … and a sturdy tripod