Portrait of Lydia in Infrared

Today’s Post by Mark Toal

P1040189I have photographed Lydia several times over the years. We’ve always worked well together so when she became pregnant we naturally started planing a photo shoot. Because of my travel schedule we ended up waiting until five days before the baby was born. For the shoot, I took both my Panasonic Lumix GX8 and Infrared converted Lumix GX7.

I almost always shoot Infrared with the 7-14mm wide angle lens but it can distort too much when shooting people so for this portrait of Lydia I used the Leica 25mm f/1.4 lens. I shot in Aperture Priority (Av) mode at f/2.8 because I wanted almost more to be in focus. I chose the 25mm lens for its angle of view and lack of distortion rather than it’s fast f/1.4 aperture.


Here are the Infrared and color versions of the same scene. I like them both, but prefer the Infrared for it’s beautiful skin tones.