Counterpoint: Shooting Infrared in Winter

Today’s Post by Joe Farace

On Tuesday, my pal and co-create of the Mirrorless Photo Tips blog showed one solution to shooting infrared imagery when the weather back home is not all that accommodating. Since March and April are the two snowiest months in Colorado, I’ve got some time to go before I see fully leafed out deciduous trees, although we have 300 days a year of sun. What that remains is for me to shoot IR in the snow.

And yes, you can shoot infrared in  Winter. While the Wood Effect produces the bright to white reproduction of the chlorophyll layer of deciduous plants, even evergreen plants and trees will show some effect and, to my mind, works perfectly with the snow on the ground.

Continuing a theme I wrote about in a post entitledWhat Inspires You to Make Photographs,” I’ve been making infrared images in a winter when the only leaves on the trees are these Ponderosa Pines.

This image was shot 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 and shot in my own backyard.

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

For a limited time only, if you want to save $50 off for Priority Processing Upgrade when converting your camera to infrared by LifePixel, use the coupon code “FaraceIR.”



My book, The Complete Guide to Digital Infrared Photography is currently out-of-print but used copies are available from Amazon for under $6. Creative Digital Monochrome Effects has a chapter on IR photography and is available from Amazon with new copies under $6 and used copies less than five bucks. You can buy’em both for less than $12.