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45+ Surreal Infrared photography Inspirations and Tips

45+ Surreal Infrared photography and Tutorials

In Infrared Photography the image sensor used is highly sensitive to infrared wavelengths of light. We all know that white light is composed of several bands of colours known as spectrum and the wavelengths ranging between 750nm to about 1200 nm, falls on infrared (IR) band. The spectrum used is in this technique is termed as near-infrared, to distinguish it from far-infrared, which has been Domain for Thermal imaging. By near-infrared we want to say: the wavelengths ranges from 750-900nm, rather than having the extremities (1200nm).Generally an infrared filter is being used for this purpose ,so the filters looks dark red or black. This filter blocks all other wavelengths of light and allows IR light to pass through it. Sometime Professional shooters use this filters along with infrared-sensitive film to obtain in-camera effects; black and white images with lurid appearance is known as wood-effect. This wood effect is mainly caused by the foliage, trees, in the same way as you see the light reflected from snow.
Some other features of infrared photography includes penetration of atmospheric haze, dark skies, caused by Mie scattering and Rayleigh scattering, in a reduced way.

Equipment

The cheap solution for infrared photography is to use processed E-6 film strip as filter. The filter you want to use completely depends on your desire for getting results. There are many filters available in the market but B+W 77nm 093 F-PRO is quite good in removing the visible spectrum.
The Best way to do infrared photography is to convert your camera into an IR one. This gives more space for doing your photography. DSLR’s have low-pass filter which block the infrared light, so by replacing this filter with infrared sensitive one. By doing this, the camera becomes highly sensitive to IR light, as it is to Normal light.
If you don’t want to convert your camera then Nikon D1,D1h/x, Nikon D2H are some good hotties for buying. These cameras have low pass filters which are very less sensitive to infrared light thereby allowing IR light to be captured.
There many choices for filters and cameras so be aware of what you take as there many bad lenses also which will totally ruin your campaign.

Some of the best IR filters

Best IR lenses and Filters

Focusing Infrared

A red dot, diamond or line with red “R” known as infrared index marking, is designated to many manual focus SLR of 35mm and SLR with medium format lenses. This helps to gain absolute focusing without any harassment. Normally single-lenses-reflex cameras are attached with a filter which opaque to all wavelengths, as a results both focusing and framing gets ruined. So one must detach the filter during focusing and for this to be done, one must use a tripod, a lean, narrow aperture with mild shutter speed but without any sacrifice in focusing. If you use a wider aperture then it too can produce sharp images only if refocusing is done to the index mark.

45+ Surreal IR photography


Infrared Photography taken using Nikon D50, Cokin P007 infrared filter
Infrared Photography taken using Nikon D50, Cokin P007 infrared filter


Surreal Infrared Photography - taken with infrared filter
Surreal Infrared Photography taken with infrared filter R72 and Nikon D80


The Winter Solstice at Midnight in a Perfect World Infrared photography with HDR effect
The Winter Solstice at Midnight in a Perfect World Infrared photography with HDR effect


Infrared photography: The Fisherman by Roie Galitz
infrared Photography : The Fisherman by Roie Galitz


Contemplation IR photography
Taken using SONY DSC-H9 + R72 filter


IR Pavese Infrared photography
This photo was taken on June 21, 2009 using a Fujifilm FinePix S7000.


This IR photograph taken using Hoya IR R72 Filter with Focal Length: 18mm and Aperture: f22
This IR photograph is taken using Hoya IR R72 Filter with Focal Length: 18mm and Aperture: f22


This IR photograph is taken using Cokin 007 (89B) IR Filter with Focal Length: 18mm
This IR photograph is taken using Cokin 007 (89B) IR Filter with Focal Length: 18mm


Infrared shot taken with modified Nikon d80
Infrared shot taken with modified Nikon d80


stunning Infrared photography and Tutorials
This IR photograph is taken by JustOldPurpleAngel an Deviantart user. No much info about the filter used.


Infrared photography - Castle Molsdorfn
Castle Molsdorf – IR photography taken by Blackdaddy of devaintart


Infrared photography - Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden
Its Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden at kilometer 163 on Sukhumvit Road in Chonburi Province, Thailand. Taken using 950nm infrared filter.


Infrared Photography taken using Canon PowerShot A640
Infrared Photography taken using Canon PowerShot A640


Infrared Photography : Nong Nooch tropical Garden
Infrared Photography : Nong Nooch tropical Garden by Michilauke


Infrared Photography taken with Hoya R72 IR filter and Lens used is the Nikkor 17-35mm 2.8
Infrared Photography taken with Hoya R72 IR filter and Lens used is the Nikkor 17-35mm 2.8


Pengail Cilik Malaysia Infrared photography
Pengail Cilik Malaysia Infrared photography


Blue sky Infrared Photography
Blue sky Infrared Photography


Bridge Infrared Photography taken with Nikon D70 1/500s f/4.5 at 44.0mm
Bridge Infrared Photography taken with Nikon D70 1/500s f/4.5 at 44.0mm


Malaysia National Zoo Infrared Photography
Malaysia National Zoo Infrared Photography


Silent Lake Bukit Cahaya, Shah Alam - Infrared Photography
Silent Lake Bukit Cahaya, Shah Alam – Infrared Photography


Infrared HDR Palmer Park Colorado Springs
Infrared HDR Palmer Park Colorado Springs


Tasik Banding Infrared photography
Tasik Banding Infrared photography


Infrared shot of Lake Louise
Infrared shot of Lake Louise


Infrared Photography taken with Cokin P007 infrared filter
Infrared Photography taken with Nikon D80 – 18-70 @ 18mm – 30 sec – iso 100 – Cokin P007 infrared filter


Infrared Photography - taken with Nikon D80IR
Infrared Photography taken with Nikon D80IR


Infrared Photography - taken with infrared filter, suntec ir72
Infrared Photography taken with infrared filter, suntec ir72


Infrared Photography - taken with infrared filter
Infrared Photography taken with infrared filter


Infrared Photography - taken with infrared filter
Infrared Photography taken with infrared filter R72


Infrared Photography - taken with infrared filter
Infrared Photography taken with infrared filter R72


Surreal Infrared image taken with Hoya IR filter and Nikon 17-35mm
Surreal Infrared image taken with Hoya IR filter and Nikon 17-35mm


Mirror of Ice Infrared Photography
Mirror of Ice Infrared Photography


Xanthorrhoea Preissii taken with Canon EOS 50D IR
Xanthorrhoea Preissii taken with Canon EOS 50D, Canon EF-S 17-85mm AF IS USM lens, Manfrotto 144B Tripod, Velbon 157Q Head, Hoya R72 Filter


Dresden Zwinger from behind with the Zwinger Lake in the foreground taken with Hoya R72 infrared filter
Dresden Zwinger from behind with the Zwinger Lake in the foreground taken with Hoya R72 infrared filter


The Horse infrared taken with Hoya R72 infrared filter
The Horse infrared taken with Hoya R72 infrared filter


sacre caeur IR taken with Hoya R72 infrared filter
sacre caeur IR taken with Hoya R72 infrared filter


The park Infrared Photography
The park Infrared Photography taken with Nikon D70 / Kood R72 filter


Infrared Photography taken with 950nm IR filter
Infrared Photography taken with 950nm IR filter


Fishing Women Infrared Photography by Awan Setiawan
Fishing Women Infrared Photography by Awan Setiawan


Infrared Photography taken with EIR False Colour Infrared Film
Infrared Photography taken with EIR False Colour Infrared Film


Japan infrared photography taken by lrargerich
Japan infrared photography taken by lrargerich


Boston in Red infrared photography taken by Werner Kunz
Boston in Red infrared photography taken by Werner Kunz


Tree Reflections infrared photography taken by John Brian Silverio
Tree Reflections infrared photography taken by John Brian Silverio


An infrared shot of Barrett Lake without channel swapping
An infrared shot of Barrett Lake without channel swapping


An infrared shot of Palm Springs
An infrared shot of Palm Springs


Keraton Cirebon - IR photography taken by Aerobozt of devaintart
Keraton Cirebon – IR photography taken by Aerobozt of devaintart


Tasik Banding Infrared photography By Awan Setiawan
End Smile Infrared photography By Awan Setiawan


Marine Park of Brazil Infrared Photography taken with Pentax ist D and lens Pentax-F FISH-EYE 1:3.5-4.5 17-28mm
Marine Park of Brazil Infrared Photography taken with Pentax ist D and lens Pentax-F FISH-EYE 1:3.5-4.5 17-28mm


Daisetsuzan National Park infrared Photography taken with Nikon D70s.
Daisetsuzan National Park infrared Photography taken with Nikon D70s.

My words

So as a whole we can see it is better to convert camera by attaching filters rather than buying a new one. There are different types of filters which I already discussed above and there are more which you can easily opt in market, but remember one thing: always take your camera with you and have background report of what you are buying; remember even the costliest one can fail you .Infrared Photography is one of the hotshot photography in today’s generation and it will surely elude you as time passes.

Please feel free to make comments and don’t forget to add any info about cameras, lenses, filters I missed.


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Mohamed Rias is the founder of Smashing Tips and co-founder of Omzen network. His interests are web designing, photography, wordpress , blogger, etc. He also does freelance writing for various blogs.

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  2. Unbelievable photos – I am Gob-smacked – speechless – amazed and inspired. Unfortunately, there is no way I could afford to do anything like this…… Pure Genius…Thank You

  3. Oh such beautiful images. It’s surreal all right !

  4. nice one dude.. awesome..

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  7. very visually intincing C:
    what a pleasure!

  8. Hi! All the pictures here are so amazing! It is really inspiring. I just bought a Cokin IR89G and I would appreciate if you could please email me some details and steps on how to go about producing at least one of the pictures sampled above. I am new at this but would really love to learn how to create IR Pics using my Nikon D300S. Thanks in advance and thank you for being an inspiration to a lot of aspiring photographers like me. :)

  9. Hi I’m in highschool. Ive always wanted to be a photographer! Because when I was in modeling I would be so amazed at what the photographer could do with photos and thats how I really got interested in it. I’m actually in my digital photography class right now! Me and my friend Ronald were looking at your photos and we think that they’re absolutely amazing! We looked at them over and over again! Haha! But he was too chicken to actually write on this! Well we love your work and hope that we can be as talented as you some day! Thanks for the inspiration! (:

  10. faine fotografi !
    technique is excellent photographs were taken execptional
    ecards

  11. Hey my name is Zhabriya O’neal i love this a lot i am 15 teen years old i look at this Photo every day at school an i love them a lot ….

  12. Hi master! Vraiment une belle technique pour de belles photos!
    I wishe you the best, and thank’s for your images…

    Good luck and salutations from Sahara!

  13. Stunning collection of photos, some of which are outstanding. Nice work here.

  14. Pictures here are so amazing!
    I’m using Sony Alpha55 SLT.. I bought IR 750 filter.. Do you have any idea how to capture a nice IR photo? can this Sony A55 take IR Photo?

  15. This is incredible, I´m amazed with this pictures, it´s a really good work.

    Congratulations!!

  16. lydmila nikolova Reply 28. Feb, 2012 at 8:33 am

    poezia!!!!beauty!!!

  17. awsomee picturesss
    breathh takingg(:

  18. Very Beautiful

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  21. This is amazing!!! I just loved all the photos

  22. These pictures are so beautiful and breath taking. I just got so lost in them and considering when I looked at them I was in an upsetting mood, when i was done, I felt so calm, relaxed and inspired.

    Truly inspiring!

  23. Amazing photos – especially loved the Xanthorrhoea Preissii photography.
    Beautiful & inspiring.
    Michelle.

  24. Wonderful photos, have a look at my infrared motion time-lapse test: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lt7wrmqC_Mw

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