Infrared Work

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720-980nm Wavelengths

 

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These images are representative of my foray into Infrared wildlife photography. Working in the invisible spectrum can be challenging to say the least; especially with moving subjects and changing weather patterns. As you are using a tiny segment of the full spectrum, it requires a lot of time and practice, and the 'hit rate' is far lower than with conventional, visible photography.

Essentially, it compounds the already chance-dependant activity that is normal wildlife photography with a host of new limitations and risk factors. Then, there are personal foibles that further decrease the practicality. For example, wanting to have rich, living vegetation in the frame (so it reflects the infrared wavelengths and appears porcelain-like.) Dry, dead vegetation doesn't do that as well, and the pictures can look flat by comparison. So the best time for this becomes during/just after wet season where the thickest clouds are about, and less IR available to record. Conversely however, this means it is even more satisfying to get the right shot.

Also, for all you gear junkies and science fans out there - IR offers a chance to immerse yourself in the new kit and craftwork surrounding IR photography. Its a great excuse to hack together a new camera rig and test its limitations in the field. I currently use a full spectrum conversion, with filters, as well as a dedicated 720nm converted body that requires none. 

I'm fascinated to see how different fur types, feathers and botany appear in invisible pictures. The deeper in I go, the moreso. This concerns me. 

Hope you enjoy a few of my favourites below:

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