Photo Op? Try Your Own Backyard

Today’s Post by Joe Farace

It might be hard for some of our readers in warmer climates to wrap their heads around this but it snowed Sunday night and yesterday. Such is life in Colorado…

In a post I wrote for our sister blog ‘Saving the world, One Pixel at a Time’ entitled “Photo Ops are All Around You” I mentioned my presentation “Right in Your Own Backyard,” which is based on the premise that you needn’t travel halfway around the world when great photo ops are close to home. Today’s image was made literally in my backyard, during a snowstorm.

You might want to compare the differences between that and another backyard image here of the same scene made the previous year.

The images were also made with different cameras (Lumix G2 vs Lumix G5 LifePixel converted to infrared) and lenses (Olympus 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 vs Lumix G Vario 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH.) While there’s some snow in the older image, there’s more in the one today. And of course the elephant in the room (or backyard) is that one was captured with visible light the other was made using Infrared, which shows that IR is a viable capture option even in the Winter.

My book, The Complete Guide to Digital Infrared Photography is out-of-print but used copies are available from Amazon starting at $13.18, as I write this. Creative Digital Monochrome Effects has a chapter on IR photography and is available from Amazon with new copies under $10 and used copies selling for $2.55 (plus shipping) which has to be one of the best book deals out their for what is my personal favorite book.