One of the most intriguing and interesting forms of photography is by far near infrared. Aside from the almost mind numbing results, just the idea of photography invisible light is enough to keep me interested and active. So when the conditions and setting is right I always try to take advantage by breaking out my modified DSLR and infrared filters.
What are the right conditions for infrared photography? Well number one you have to lots of clouds! Big building, cumulonibus clouds are the best. Big clouds with breaks of blue sky in between. If cloud cover is to heavy it takes allot of contrast away from your photos. So big puffy clouds with lots of blue is perfect.
Number two the sun needs to be high in the sky and dancing around through the clouds and your subject. Lots of really bright highlights and darker shadows work great. But the most important aspect of infrared photography is most definitely the sun! Without it your peeing in the wind!
The third condition is foliage! Lot’s of foliage is great. Most plants reflect infrared light giving you these bright highlights, or hot spots that can only be achieved by photographing in an infrared spectrum.
Finally water added to the scene is always a bonus. Unlike plants and foliage, water absorbs infrared light. This adds tons of contrast to images in the same way that the open, blue sky does.
The combination of these assorted ultra bright and ultra dark elements is what makes infrared photography so beautiful. To me anyway!
But what happens when you add some infrastructure to the scene? Let’s take a look!