One of the most charming contrasting color effects you can get in photography is by using infrared. An easy way to understand near-infrared light is to think of it as the color of the rainbow next to red, a color that is invisible to the human eye. But near-infrared is not the same as thermal imaging.

Because everyday objects reflect infrared in proportions that differ sharply from that of visible light, the tonal relationships are wildly unexpected. Such near-infrared techniques used in photography give subjects an exotic, antique look. Green vegetation becomes white, whereas human skin becomes pale and ghostly. The resulting images look alien.

Even Photoshop cannot mimic the original picture of infrared photos due to different color, textures, leaves, human skin and plants. IR photography is a different type, and some people may not like it. So to explore more about these, we need to see few examples, and I hope it will expand your horizon of photography interests.

1Miami in Infrared

2A cotton candy landscape in Guilin, China

3Hong Kong Taxi

4A full-spectrum camera looking at an IR filter

5Miami style

6Abandoned chateau outside Paris

7Sunny day at Griffith - Los Angeles, CA

8Infrared Japan

9Street layers. 680nm, Sony a5000 Hobart, Tasmania

10Griffith Observatory's view of the sea

11Römisches Haus, Weimar

12A Multicolor Tree at Green-Wood Cemetary, NYC

13Griffith Observatory - Los Angeles, CA


15Crossing a Calms River, Kakadu National Park, N.T. Australia


17Somewhere in Oahu, HI

18Bushkill Falls

19Early morning above the Hollywood Reservoir

20Living Color in Montreal

21Blue skies and pink foliage in Yellowstone, WY

22Taj Mahal, Zomei 760 nm filter

23Enchanted Forest

24A Lakeside reflection at Green-Wood Cemetary, NYC

25A Multicolor Infrared in NYC's Green-Wood Cemetary



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