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.
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.
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.