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30 Excellent Examples of Infrared Photography

Infrared photography involves a particular type of photo imaging that is sensitive to infrared light. Capturing your subject in the infrared spectrum of light, produces a rich beauty all its own. The eclectic images developed from the heat sources of your subject or landscape using an IR lens, will bring drama to your photographs.  From our collection of excellent infrared photography,  you would absolutely like to save few images for your desktop.

Photo credit 1 to 8:  Bonnie Jean Kirkpatrick

Photo credit: 9 to 15: Paul (dex)

Photo credit: John Brian Silverio

Photo credit 25 and 26: Paul Gerald Banday

Photo credit: Mark Hilliard

Photo credit: Nicholas Smale

Photo credit: il1a

Photo credit: Hannes R



16 thoughts on “30 Excellent Examples of Infrared Photography”

  1. I have no word to interpret my thoughts and emotions for the brilliant and un-common photos you sent me by email. This photography is found and seen less all over the world. the one photo is the best of an other photo. I can not compare the photos with one an other . the imagination of pictures is far away from the mind of a common man . After all it is the excellent collection,for the purpose to state its beauty there is a need of a long essay.

  2. Interesting photography – most of them were quite nice. I am however, fairly certain that most of these are “false color” images… Taken using infrared film perhapse- but then manipulated through a program like Photoshop for selective adjustments to hues and saturations and etc.
    I’ve been taking pictures for over 30 years, have worked with infrared film on a variety of occassions, and I’ve never seen unmanipulated infrared photos produce such a wild spectrum of colors without heavy use of gels, darkroom techniques – or, more common now days, being run through a photo manipulation program. Very nice results – but let’s call it what it is, please.

  3. Gotta go with JoeD here, these are definitely not original IR images. As he said, they may have been taken with an IR lens, and the originals and the negatives may not look like nightvision goggles as seen on TV, but these aren’t true IR. Also, would you expect THAT much of a significant difference in color among the pictures if they were all taken with the same type lens? Those pictures show at least 9 completely different colors for the sky. I’m not sure how any device can capture the same static object, even if it is a shade changing sky, in 9 different colors without changing the settings or modifying the pictures.

    This isn’t our back yard or IR, we can stop waxing poetic.

  4. I know that this is something after the fact but I got to correct some of the misunderstanding here. First of all, these photos are all examples of Near Infrared capture (NIR), not Infrared (IR). IR is mostly connected with heat while NIR is mostly connected with absorbtion and reflectance. NIR and IR exist on different places on the electromagmagnetic spectrum. They lie next to each other and in a part of the spectrum that humans cannot see. This is a very important point. Most digital cameras are able to capture NIR and place the result in an image that has a small amount of red but mostly greyscale. Since humans cannot see NIR we are left with trying to interpret the greyscale. As an artist, this interpretation is what makes NIR so beautiful. It is totally up to the artist how he or she wants to say, colorize the sky. However there are elements in outdoor scenes like trees that have the most dramatic impact. There is a chemical in leaves that reflect NIR quite nicely which makes the leaves look like they have snow on them. In conclusion, NIR is what it is. It is just another part of the electomagnetic spectrum like UV or the visible range. Understanding NIR is the first step in using this part of the electromagnetic spectrum for photography science and medical science. The next time you go to the emergency room, notice the little device that they clip on your finger. That is a NIR device that measure absorption in the NIR spectrum for things like blood gases and other parts blood chemistry.

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