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Infrared Photography

Infrared photography has been a long held passion of mine.


[su_row][su_column size=”1/2″][su_dropcap style=”flat”size=”2″]D[/su_dropcap]igital Colour infrared photography has come a long way in only the past few years.  Recent technology has overcome many of the limitations and difficulties present in earlier methods.  Now the cameras act as cyborg like devices allowing me to see the world lit by invisible light in real time. These developments have opened up the creative capacity of this medium as never before.[/su_column] [su_column size=”1/2″][su_dropcap style=”flat”size=”2″]M[/su_dropcap]odern Infrared photography uses modified digital cameras equipped with special filters to take pictures using infrared wavelengths of light.  However, cameras, although much better, are still not made to use infrared light so there is much fine tuning involved to reveal the minute details in colour shifts and white balance.[/su_column] [/su_row]

[su_dropcap style=”flat”size=”2″]M[/su_dropcap]ost of these photographs also involve a process called channel swapping.  There will be some images with red skies and blue leaves, this is how the camera sees infrared.  This is closer to what seeing in infrared light would look like, all the greens, yellows and blues would disappear.  Although very effective for some images, I usually swap the red and blue channels of the image to make red colours blue and blues change to red.  I often find that using a channel swapping method makes for more relatable images which place less emphasis on the mars look and more on the content of the image.

Infrared photography provides me the ability to look at the world around me literally in a new light.  The once mundane seems invigorated and full of life, inspiring curiosity in a uniquely perceptual way.


All Infrared Galleries

See all of my infrared photographs in one gallery.


Under a Red Sky

IR photographs are  red in color by nature.  When no visible light is allowed to enter the camera, the images are all red and can only be used as a monotone image or as a black and white.  When some color is allowed to reach the sensor the colors close to red are also allowed […]



Infrared landscapes uniquely place the viewer in the scene.  As with all I.R. photos they can create a heightened sense of presence, but I find this effect is best expressed in landscape photographs. [su_row][su_column size=”1/2″]The first part of the photographic process starts with looking for a subject.  For landscapes, this involves a lot of walking. […]

ir photograph_trees_tree behind fence


[su_row][su_column size=”1/2″]Trees are one of the most interesting and yet overlooked elements in ones surroundings.  Part of learning, a primal part, has to do with developing an understanding of one’s environment.  People have an instinctual and learned knowledge of things like trees.  We know what they should look like, their shape, colour, size; they are […]

ir photography_clouds_wispy clouds surrounding trees

Clouds and Black Skies

Infra-red skies are often deeply toned or completely black.  This is because I.R. light does not reflect off of the atmosphere, so the light shines straight through the skies leaving them black.  Infrared light does reflect off of some other trace particles in the air, but their reflectivity is only visible close to the ground […]

infrared photograph_tree canopies in forest


[su_row][su_column size=”1/2″]Hiking through the forest under the protection of a green canopy is something I often find myself doing.  From a compositional point of view, everything is green and dark.  The scene often is a blend of earth tones set against a blue sky.  Serene but enveloping and difficult to draw focus to specific elements […]



This selection of images looks at how the natural world is engaged and the feelings created by making land separations.  Often we see the world from some sort of predetermined vantage point.  Be it a road, fenced field, or boardwalk, all these features act to direct out interaction with the environment. Two spaces are created, […]

infrared_water_tree reflecting in river


Water is another element of nature which behaves in a strange manner in infrared.  It quickly saturates to black, much like skies, while the surface remains extremely reflective.   Trees, clouds, and skies reflect their light off of the black mirrors developing more contrast and vibrancy in the process. The reflections seem to reach down […]

infrared photography_passages_tree by roadside


These photographs look at how the world is experienced. Be it a road, boardwalk, or even a path, these passages facilitate how one moves around the world.  They also act to create a space separate from nature, one which is conceptually different from the other, but at the same time is completely inviting. The mysteriousness […]

infrared_black and white_andrew butkevicius

Black & White

Infrared is most known for its affinity to produce stunning black and white prints.  This is largely due to the fact that I.R. film of the past primarily only came in black and white, however the effects are mesmerizing. [su_row][su_column size=”1/2″]Because objects reflect light differently under infrared light, a black and white I.R. image will […]