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Welcome to my infrared photography blog   Leave a comment

Welcome! You’re probably here because you read the article on travel and vacation photography in The Bakersfield Californian. Hopefully the article has ignited a bit of a fire in you to do some cool photography that goes well beyond “snapshot” photography. As I tried to point out in the article, one of the best ways to make your photos different from everybody else’s is to do things that are not being done by most people. And not a whole lot of people are shooting infrared! It just might be your thing. Converting a camera is not too expensive – under $300 – and it can open a whole new world of photographic discovery and creativity for you. Life Pixel and Digital Silver Imaging are two great places that do infrared conversions. You can learn a bit about infrared photography on this blog, and if you want to learn a ton, visit my friends Mark Hilliard  and Deborah Sandidge’s web sites. They are doing some of the finest IR work in the country.

In the meantime, here are a few of my recent infrared images for you to enjoy, which may or may not have been published with the article.

This is the scene I wrote about in the article that I waited more than six hours to shoot. It’s of Mt. Adams, Washington.

It took two trips from Portland to the Hood River Valley before I found a scene of Mt. Hood and the valley that I liked.

Don’t neglect your home area for nice infrared scenes. This old farm house is on East Panama Lane just outside Bakersfield.

Wanting to do something different in heavily photographed Yosemite National Park last summer, I compressed a section of Bridalveil Falls with a telephoto lens and photographed it in high dynamic range with an infrared camera.

Sometimes you find pleasant surprises, like this scene along a country road outside Portland.

This scene was found in a tiny town called Phoenix, between Ashland and Medford in southern Oregon.

Getting off the road and hiking a bit can put you in the middle of wonderful scenes that the average “snapshooter” doesn’t access. This is along the hike to Walchella Falls in Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge.

The combination of high dynamic range, long exposures and the effects of infrared led to this dreamlike look to one of the Columbia River Gorge’s waterfalls.

The Columbia River in infrared. This scene is easily accessed from the highway, so opting for infrared hopefully allowed me to record a scene not done by too many photographers.

Sometimes, what you’re not looking for and don’t even know about can provide the most pleasant photographic surprise. I found this scene in a beautiful southern Oregon town called Myrtle Creek.

I found this scene while driving to the top of Larch Mountain above the Columbia River Gorge, and thought the foreground leaves were a perfect infrared subject.


Posted May 18, 2012 by johnharte in Uncategorized

An intial offering from my fine art IR collection   Leave a comment

I did this shot during an IR photo trip to the beautiful Eastern Sierra in August. It is from one of the meadows surrounding the Owens River outside Bishop, California and is one of the images offered in my initial collection of fine art IR and HDR prints. You can see them all on my web site.

Another IR natural – bridges   Leave a comment

Bridges are a natural for infrared photography. This is the foot bridge over the creek in Arroyo Grande, one of the most beautiful small towns in California. The image required minimal post processing, just a white point and black point set in Photoshop’s levels, and the removal of a slight blue cast, primarily in the couple’s clothing, using the hue/saturation sliders. Camera was my Canon EOS 20D converted to 665mn enhanced color IR. Lens was a Canon 24-70 f2.8 L.