Washington Monument (Infrared) by Vicky Hamilton

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  • mandreasen
    mandreasenover 6 years ago

    great job! how do you do infrared? is it a setting in your camera?

  • Hi mandreasen,

    There are multiple ways to shoot infrared. You can use: 1) infrared-sensitive film, 2) an infrared filter with film or digital, or 3) a digital camera that’s been modified to block visible light and allow just infrared light to reach the sensor (virtually all digital camera sensors are sensitive to IR light, so the manufacturers use an infrared blocking filter to prevent IR light from reaching the sensor – this modification just reverses that). In my case, I use the latter; specifically, a modified Nikon D70.

    I haven’t used IR film, and don’t know much about the ins and outs of shooting with it, but I do know that shooting on regular film with an IR filter requires long exposure times (because you’re blocking the visible light) and thus usually means using a tripod. The beauty of a modified dSLR is that you can shoot at normal hand-held speeds.

    Thanks for stopping by!

    – Vicky Hamilton

  • Rob Smith
    Rob Smithover 6 years ago

    Great shot!

  • Hans Kawitzki
    Hans Kawitzkiover 6 years ago

    Great composition,the Monument is a nice point of interest.

  • greeneyedlady
    greeneyedladyover 6 years ago

    lovely shot, like a typical winterscape but the IR gives it something more that’s hard to describe, maybe it’s the color of the sky….anyway, I love it!

  • Jeremy Harrington
    Jeremy Harringtonover 6 years ago

    fantastic example of infrared.. perfect lighting and exposure

  • gwensgems668
    gwensgems668over 5 years ago

    Fantastic photo – absolutely love it!!!

    About infrared… how do you modify your camera? Do you take it to some one or can you do it yourself? Would love to make my camera do this!!! I use a little Canon Powershot – can it be done???

  • gwensgems – thank you.

    If you modify your camera, it is a one-way modification – you cannot use it to shoot visible light images anymore. There is a filter over your sensor that blocks IR light – that gets removed, and a filter to block visible light is installed. I sent my camera (a Nikon D70) to LifePixel (http://www.lifepixel.com/) for modification; there are other companies that do it as well, and it’s possible to do it yourself if you’re not squeamish about taking your camera apart, but you may also need to recalibrate the autofocus. LifePixel does modify some non-dSLR cameras – you’d have to check company’s website to see if your model is one they will work on.

    Two other thoughts: 1) not all digital cameras are ideally suited to modification for IR photography because different sensors have different sensitivity to IR wavelengths – some are simply not very sensitive to it, and won’t produce very good IR images. 2) The simpler (and far cheaper) solution is to buy an IR filter to attach to your camera lens. The filter approach virtually guarantees that you will need to use a tripod because you will need long exposures to get enough IR light into the camera, but it means that you can continue to use your camera for visible light photography.

    – Vicky Hamilton

  • Clive S
    Clive Sover 3 years ago

    Gorgeous shot. Congrats on the HP feature.

  • Daniel88
    Daniel88over 3 years ago

    a masterpiece

  • Renee Blake
    Renee Blakeover 3 years ago

    Gorgeous shot ! Congrats on HP feature !

  • heeb
    heebover 3 years ago

    Very, very, very beautiful! Congratulations on the homepage! Instant favorite1

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