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


14Hawaii


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


16Moonrise


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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