Infrared Photography

Fine Art Infrared Photography

Blackwater Refuge, Maryland, fine art infrared photography
Clouds over Blackwater Refuge, Eastern Shore, Maryland

“Real vision is the ability to see the invisible” – Jonathan Swift

What is Fine Art Infrared Photography?

Infrared is a look into the invisible world. The human eye can only see wavelengths from 400 nm-700 nm (from purple to red); on the contrary infrared light is beyond 700nm to 1200nm.

There are two ways to capture infrared light: first use infrared film, and second use a converted digital camera specifically for infrared. Infrared photography produces very distinct effects which make them aesthetically pleasing. The most striking difference is the “Wood Effect” (named after Robert W. Wood), where leaves reflect light giving them a bright white look. Robert W. Wood is additionally considered the father of infrared photography. Above all, Infrared produces surreal color landscapes and high-contrast black and white photographs.

My Introduction to Fine Art Infrared Photography in Black and White

Almost 20 years ago, I saw the work of Sir Simon Marsden, a British photographer who specialized in infrared photography.  I was awestruck by his ethereal and dramatic images. Inspired by Simon Marsden, I consequently began a long quest to learn infrared photography.

At the time, I could not find any classes on infrared film therefore I taught myself. I learned by reading, researching, and spending lots of time practicing. In 2008, I bought my first converted digital camera specifically for infrared. Finally, I am now on my second converted digital camera and continue to explore the wonderment of infrared. Infrared enables me to create dramatic, high-contrast black and white images, which I love. Additionally, I hope you love them also.

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By Jacqueline LaRocca

Fine Art Photographer from Sykesville, Maryland, USA

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