As your are building an art gallery inside your home or office, having something different can be challenging. Most people seem to have similar art and for good reason. Sunsets, wildflowers, mountains, etc, all make for stunning images. But how many people do you know have Infrared photographs hanging up? Most people don't know what infrared photography is or assume it is heat signatures like you see In movies. Well, heat infrared starts around 3000 nm wavelength and standard infrared photography is around 700 nm wavelength.
The first infrared photograph was taken in 1910 by a photographer named Robert Wood using a new type of film and long exposures. The military used infrared photography since they could see through the toxic gas during World War 1 and gather more intel. Kodak starting producing infrared emulsion in the 1930s allowing infrared film to go into the commercial market. 35mm false color film was produced in the 1960s which was made popular by several musical artist like Jimi Hendrix on albums covers. Now, it can all be done with digital cameras and filters.
HOW DO YOU TAKE INFRARED PHOTOGRAPHS?
Infrared Photography is done by either putting filters on the lens or having a filter put on the sensor of the camera. The route I went was to have a Full Spectrum Conversion from Lifepixel.com. This allows the use of many different filters depending on the look I want. With the full spectrum I can shoot all types of infrared, UV, and visible light. So many choices that it almost becomes overwhelming. Many times I will get the same shot over and over and change the filter each time for a different look. The filters I use the most are the 470 nm Hypercolor, 590 nm super color, and the 720 nm standard IR filters. The reason the Limited Edition Infrared photographs from my Infrared Gallery are so colorful is that these filters allow some visible light to pass through. When shooting infrared photographs with a digital camera, you must set the custom white balance for each filter. For the lower numbers such as the 470 and 590, a grey card works best, the 665 nm filter can use either green foliage or a grey card, and the 720 or 830 nm filters, green foliage works the best. Once you set the white balance, your infrared converted camera works just like a normal camera but in a different wave length.
Shooting infrared photographs, the lens choice is more complicated. I use Sony G Master lenses for normal photography but the 16-35 mm lens is terrible for infrared. Hot spots in the middle and the outer one third of the image is soft. The Sigma 24-70mm Art lens is even worse. It has a real bright hot spot in the center with a larger one around it. I try not to use those 2 lenses for infrared photos. The Sony 100-400 G Master works great and the Canon 40mm pancake lens is amazing. No hotspots and sharp from corner to corner. Starting out in infrared photography can be frustrating if your lenses are the problem. Prime lenses work the best, but not having a zoom can be problematic with landscape infrared images. Kolarivision.com has a lens hot spot database that is helpful. Not all lenses are in the list, but you can get an idea of good and bad lenses.
WHY PURCHASE INFRARED PHOTOGRAPHS FOR YOUR GALLERY
Simple, It's awesome, different, colorful, black and white, and many other reasons. Visitors enter your house and see infrared photos and they will start asking questions because it's different. It can become the subject of many conversations. Purchasing limited edition fine art prints is about being unique. How many of your friends can say they own infrared photographs for their personal art gallery at home or the office? When you are deciding on limited edition infrared photographs for your new home or office art gallery, not all infrared images are created equal. I have seen many infrared images that are just that "infrared". The photographer forgot all the basic photography "rules" like composition, foreground-midground-background, leading lines, etc. Just because you took a photo of a mountain in infrared does not mean it makes a good photo. All the same "rules" apply. I spend a lot of time trying to get my Limited Edition Infrared photographs to be as strong as possible.
Infrared photography is something not many photographers get into. I don't know if it the editing, more gear, or what but I sure enjoy it. It allows me to capture unique images that were captured in the middle of the day. Midday sun is usually the best time to shoot infrared photography but sunset and sunrise works as well. Put the 830 nm deep black and white filter on my lens and capture a scene that has white foliage and black sky or use the 590 nm super color and get something that is whatever color I want it to be. The options are almost unlimited.
Now that spring has arrived and the flowers are in bloom, infrared photographs of flowers are fun to see. It's possible to make the flower bright white and the foliage any other color. Or maybe turn the flower a different color. The options are endless with flower photographs during the spring bloom and I don't have to drive anywhere to get the photos. Walking around the neighborhood is all I need to do. Using the 590 nm super color filter gives the best results but the 470 nm hyper color is another great option. If you enjoy flower photographs as wall art, think about adding an infrared flower to your home art collection.
I started shooting infrared photography a couple years ago and I feel like I learn something new every time I go out. I came across a video on Youtube.com and was hooked ever since. Recently I purchased some flowers because I have a new lens I wanted to try out with macro photography. I tried using the lens on my IR camera but could not get the white balance set. Finally, I went outside and was able to set the white balance. I learned the white balance cannot be set indoors with LED or fluorescent light bulbs. It has to be natural light. Even though it was a cloudy, rainy day, I was able to fix the white balance. These are the fun things you get to learn with IR photography. Infrared photography can be very challenging and frustrating but once you sort of have it figured out, it throws a curve ball and everything goes out the window. When purchasing Limited Edition Fine Art Surreal Infrared Photography for your home or office gallery, you know that almost no one will have the same photograph in their home. Be different, be bold, be colorful, be fun. That is what infrared photography is about.
If you have any questions about purchasing my Limited Edition Infrared photographs, please reach out using my Contact page and I will happily answer any of your questions.