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.

  • Moab, Utah by Andy Williams of Moon River Photography

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4 Responses to “Exploring Photography… Infrared”

  1. Stunning images!

  2. Just loved Patty Drake’s ‘Eastern Oregon’!

  3. Thank you, Olive!! I was delighted to have my image featured on this terrific blog. I love all of the stunning photographs.

  4. I love the shot of Cable Mill by Lee Mandrell. Wonderful!

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