Springtime in the Rockies

Today’s Post by Joe Farace

“When it’s springtime in the Rockies, I’m coming back to you…”—Gene Autry

While the deciduous trees here on Daisy Hill are not fully blooming due to a recent snowstorm (see my video clip on Instagram —@joefarace) and unseasonably cold weather early in the Spring, the trees in nearby Parker, Colorado are beautiful, which means it’s time for some infrared photography.

So recently I drove down to McCabe Meadows open space, formerly known as East Bank Park, that has some bike paths, picnic benches and even a rest room plus some great off-path walking areas where I made the above image with a Panasonic Lumix G5 that was converted to IR-capture by LifePixel. Lens used was the Lumix 12-32mm f/23.5-5.6 ASPH and I made the image you see above with an exposure was 1/500 sec at f/11 and ISO 400. It was shot as a RAW file but was process to produce the inal image using Silver Efex Pro.

McCabe Meadows, like much of the Parker area, is filled with friendly people. Shortly after arriving a group of people from a nearby church offered me a bottle of water to keep hydrated during my walk. As I said, nice people…

If you’re interested in trying infrared photography, check out the series of IR Workshops sponsored by our sister blog, ‘Saving the World, One Pixel @ a Time’ to be held near Parker, Colorado this summer. Check the Workshops section of that blog for updates. IR.book


My book, The Complete Guide to Digital Infrared Photography is currently out-of-print but used copies are available from Amazon for under $15. Creative Digital Monochrome Effects has a chapter on IR photography and is available from Amazon with new copies under $6 and used copies for less than three bucks.