40 Breathtaking Examples of Infrared Photography

There are many types of art photography out there that show a new way of viewing things like infrared photography, micro and macro photography, lomography, light photography, and many others. In this article we will talk about infrared photography, a type of photography that captures the unseen beauty of nature made possible by technology.

What is Infrared Photography?

First we need to know what is infrared. Remember the saying that what you see is just an illusion? That is actually true, and that what you see is the only thing you’re ‘made’ to see. Look above you, you’ll probably see your ceiling. That is because the light that touches its surface is seen by you, called visible light. To give you an idea of the things you can’t see, think of ultraviolet, x-rays, gamma rays, infrared, microwave, and radio. These compose the electromagnetic spectrum, and only the visible light part is what we can see under naked eye.

Emspectrum

Chart taken from Wikipedia

If you’ll take time to study the chart above you’ll be amazed at how little our eyes can see of our surroundings. We only see a portion of the world as it is, and that’s a good thing. Imagine seeing every wavelength, I think that would be like looking at an old television’s static.

So, the point here is, before you even begin infrared photography you need to have a grasp of what it is you’re doing in order to pass on the knowledge. In infrared photography, you basically take a peek into the unseeable by manipulating your tools. You can either use a standard camera or a digital camera, but alterations and post-processing is needed to achieve a great photo.

In a sense, infrared photography is an attempt to view the world in a different manner, similar to using a microscope to see little life forms or using an x-ray to see through things. Venturing through Flickr I’ve been awed by the amazing world out there that we can’t see, but now can due to advances in technology.

Before the introduction of color photography, photographers used filters and black and white negatives to manipulate the final result, especially when they wanted to achieve infrared photography.

I’m not a photographer nor do I claim I know how to do infrared photography, I am simply so amazed by the process that I thought I’d share this with you. I did some research for people who want to enter infrared photography and found this very in-depth guide by Rob about infrared photography. Tutorial includes how to setup everything up to post-processing.  Here is his Flickr page.

Examples of Infrared Photography

Take note that you can buy their prints if you happen to fall in love with them! Don’t forget to click on the links for more IR photographs.

Straightforward Path Infrared by ilimel

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Orchard Infrared II by dingodave

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iNfraRed series – terengganu 1 by shin-ex

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Barn in Infrared by Pak T

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The gilded River by Anrold

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Barbados Infrared by Infrared-Land

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Arte moderno en IR by Goku Abreu

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Cloudy Day by RoeiG

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Monroe Arts Center-IR by Marc Kohlbauer

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Warm Feelings IR by caithness155

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Zen Dream by RoieG

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Butterfly by gary99099

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The Secret Garden by failingjune

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Ecco’s Horns by Djinn Photography

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Infrared Trees by Danny Valentine

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Infrared HDR Lake by lorni3

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El Torito at Pine Beach by RTsan

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The Golden Path IR by caithness155

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Mount Stewart by Paul Hanley

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Lake Cumberland Infrared by GothicAmethyst

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Caterpillar by smurfzombi

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Infrared Sunrise by konczy77

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Japanese Road by Enkased

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Itzel by The-Definition

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Summer or Winter by Litz Sanz

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Untitled by d3sign

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Niagara Falls by Kofi Kumi

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Summer time at Upton by Dave Dupere

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Watermane by boomslice

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Fantasia di Primavera by Giacomo Cattaruzzi

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Springtime III by blackdaddy

Horses Dreams by MichiLauke

La tour by Anrold

Sydney Opera House by  La-Vita-a-Bella

Midnight Palace by 32tsunami

Bale IR by BilSign

It’s a Frog II by  tlbendele

The Old Man by Gwarf

Pano Bramhall Park 1 by Okavanga

Le vieux moulin by Anrold

Are you into Infrared Photography?

Feel free to post the link to your portfolio so that we can enjoy them too!

Rean John Uehara

Rean concurrently served as the Head of Operations and Editor-in-Chief of 1stwebdesigner from 2011 up until Aug 2014. He regularly writes about freelancing, technology, web design, and web development with a little touch of internet marketing here and there.

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Comments

  1. Manuela says

    These are simply incredible images. The power of colour – or lack of it – really achieves something special. As a Toronto Photographer I will have to read more about how to achieve these effects. Very interesting.

  2. Chris says

    Incredible collection! Thanks for sharing these. I especially love the palm tree photo – something very unexpected about the form and color combination. Thanks!

  3. Jack Bing says

    ooopppps,

    Forgot to mention the make of my wonderful camera. It was a Minolta SRT-101 with inter-changeable
    lenses. A 28mm and a 50mm -250 mm telephoto zoom lens both made by Minolta. Bought a Zeiss-Ikon
    50 mm with special adapter for some real different effects. Be sure to use a STABLE tripod assembly for decent results. Shoot dead still. Thats the trick.

  4. Jack Bing says

    I used to do quite a bit of Infrared photography back during the early 1970’s.
    I bought my Kodak Infrared film in rolls of 24 and 36 for really inexpensive prices in those days.
    In case those who don’t know there is also a Night Recording film available ONLY in Black & White called Night Recording 2475. It’s special and have not seen it in years. Incredible results though. Same cost as infrared.
    Phillips Camera House on South lake Ave. in Pasadena, Ca. sold Color Infrared in a roll of 24 for about $7.25. A roll of 36 for $9.50! With special film costs that cheap i was able to afford many rolls. Bet prices have gone up lately. And with those savings in those days I put the difference into the gas tank and took of for the high sierras. I did my major photography work out at Mono Lake in the eastern sierra. What an experience. Try it out some time.
    It’s straight up US 395 up the so-called backbone of the Sierras till you get into Lee Vining. Then you’re there.
    It should be a good 6 hours drive…but a beautiful one with all kinds of photo locations along the way up.
    Owens Valley would be a fun experiment. Take good cold water with you if it’s a summer run.
    Infrared night photo work can also be fun in the black of the sierra nights. I tried various short and long time exposures… but remember there is no aperture settings. You set your focus on infinity and away you go.
    I used a red filter of course…but added a polarized lens for experiments and got some very unique results.
    Go for it folks.

    Jack Bing
    jrbing888@gmail.com