One of my favourite things to do is experiment with different photography techniques, and one of my favourite experiments to date is using an infrared camera. A couple of years ago, I was at a wedding and the photographer handed me a small point-and-shoot, telling me to go and try it out. One thing he didn’t tell me was that it had been modified to allow the sensor to receive infrared rays. Colour, as we see it, is only a small part of the light spectrum. Although some light rays can’t be seen with a naked eye (Ultraviolet and Infrared), they can be picked up by the sensor in the camera. For conventional photography manufacturers equip their sensors with UV and infrared filters, to protect against them. When these filters are removed, it provides interesting effects for the photographs.
Infrared images are easily recognised by their unusual mixture of colour and seemingly monochrome imagery. Objects respond differently to infrared light than they do to visible wavelengths: plants and trees reflect far more, making them appear to glow, while water and skies reflect very little. The images below are my outcomes from this, and I absolutely love the effect that the infrared gives. It adds an eerie feel to the photographs, which I think is emphasised further by the old buildings and sparse gardens.
Definitely one of my favourite experiments to date, and I always reflect back on these when in need of some wintery inspiration. Hope you’ve enjoyed!