Exploring Photography… Infrared
Infrared photography involves using film or a sensor that is sensitive to infrared light. The part of the spectrum that is recorded in the near-infrared wavelengths, that are beyond red, but are not visible the human eye. Infrared photography does not catch the thermal range of the spectrum, which is considered far-infrared.
Until the early 20th century, infrared photography was not possible because the emulsions available were not sensitive to longer wavelengths. The first infrared photographs were published in 1910, but the plates required long exposure times. It wasn’t until the 1930s, when suitable film was introduced commercially, that infrared photography became popular.
IR photography opens up new dimensions for photographers. The effects of infrared create an dreamy, ethereal quality to the photographs.
Fine art photographs should be preserved by mounting on acid-free backing, and framed behind UV glass. Photographs should be kept out of direct sunlight to prevent damage to the image.
Below are some wonderful infrared photographs. As with all of my featured art/artists these are pieces I would purchase for myself or as a gift.
- Hazen Library by Sherri Conley
- Miles Away by Ben R.
- Eastern Oregon II by Patty Drake
- Hayfield, Berkley, WV by Rip Smith of Sterling Images
- Gazebo by Ed Knepley
- Moab, Utah by Andy Williams of Moon River Photography
- Country Road by Mike Irwin
- It’s Always Sunny by Jill Sprague
- Cable Mill by Lee Mandrell
- Cros Cheiteach by Sean Molin