Infrared Camera Loves Sunny Days
With the Canon M5 converted for infrared photography, I enjoyed photographing the neighborhood and even drove about 2.5 miles from home to see Narragansett Bay. From the end of Norwood Avenue in Cranston, I photographed the wind turbines and the splash of small waves. When you look at those water photographs, try to imagine the movement and the sound of the waves. On the way there, I stopped near the RI Yacht Club and enjoyed the view, an empty bench inviting people to stop and smell the ocean.
From Norwood Avenue, I drove back to the historic Pawtuxet Village. From one side of the Pawtuxet River bridge, I photographed a few houses singly and then in a panorama. Since I was not planning to take panoramic photographs, I did not bring my panorama head but managed to take a sequence of photographs that I stitched with no fuss.
Some of the photographs below are in color, and others are black and white, yet some have both versions. Keep in mind that the colors you see are false colors I extracted by swapping the blue and the red color channels. Those in B&W are processed further to remove the color, and some are slightly toned after that.
For those not familiar with infrared photography, it records wavelengths not visible to the naked eye and renders colors somewhat or significantly different from what we expect. Typically, the camera white balance is set to render the green foliage as neutral gray, thus the white appearance of the trees and the grass. Infrared sensors respond to the light bouncing off of the chlorophyll-rich green foliage rendering them bright white. The blue sky and water render almost black, and mainly in the red channel.
When the red and blue channels are swapped, the sky gets blue which is technically incorrect but looks more natural to our eyes. But, the foliage now turns yellowish, and other colors find some spot for themselves in the spectrum, all false colors.
Infrared photography is not for everyone. The effort to see with different sensibilities appeals to me. What are your thoughts on infrared photography, or any photography that sees in the wavelengths we cannot see with our eyes?