Black Skies Of Summer

A block of flats stands against an infrared sky, blue turns black in the spectrum that is not visible to the human eye.

January might be a bit wintery to be talking about summer, and the skies are usually blue, but my Christmas pressie last year, even if last year is only a few weeks away, was a Nikon D70 that has been converted to shoot infrared (thank you Darling Wife). Infrared at 960nm if you want me to get nerdy.
I have not yet delved to deeply into the technical aspects of IR light, just know that it is a higher frequency than the visible light spectrum that you all know and love, and as such renders what the camera captures very differently.

The deep blue sky you get on a sunny day turns black, and lush green foliage becomes white. My camera also captures IR in colour – making that blue sky chocolate brown and giving green foliage a cyan hue.

Willow trees turn cyan in infrared colour.

The best way too process IR images seems too be with Photoshop’s Colour Channel Mixers. I am a user of Aperture at the moment, and so feel I am working at a slight disadvantage, but I hope the images I am presenting to you hold up to your scrutiny and you can get a feel for what I am capturing.

A glass bottle in infrared against the sky.
A jet in the sky, white against chocolate brown, captured in colour infrared.
Black sky and white foliage, a 'classic' infrared image.
A colour infrared image of a canal side block of flats.

If you like these pics then please feel free too click through to my Flickr gallery to view more.

My adventures beyond the the visible spectrum are only just begining but I am seeing clearly already.