To the Trees | PT.III |35:Chronicle

autumn / fall, black & white, infrared, landscape, photography

An Almost Frantic Race.


The light is fading, the sun is getting lower and the clouds are coming in thick and heavy lately. It’s that time of year when I always feel the rush – to get out when the sun is shining and, to make as many infrared frames as I can of the beautiful scenery around me, before time takes the light away again, at least it will – for a while. The yearly cycle of the seasons waits for no-one. Whilst I am sure there will be glorious days to come before next year’s spring, before the leaves fall, now is the only chance I have to capture some lovely IR light in the foliage and, the landscape. It’s a rush I feel every single year around October, and have felt ever since I first became completely enamoured with infrared photography. 

I have a few more frames in store from recent wanderings – but for now, I am just going to share these two. I really hope you like them.

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I | 720nm IR | How the Other-Half Live.

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II | 720nm IR | Into the Sun.

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To the Trees | PT.II | 35:Chronicle

autumn / fall, black & white, infrared, nature, photography, trees

Proudly, Before their Fall. 


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I | Me, & My Shadow | 24mm – 720nm Infrared.

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II | Positive Space | 24mm – 720nm Infrared.

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Beneath the Boughs | 720nm Infrared | 35:Chronicle

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… & Through the Gaps.


[Please read to the bottom if you have time – I have a small favour to ask of you]. I don’t know how many of you spotted my intentional reference in my last post. Maybe I was being a little too cryptic or, perhaps the question itself wasn’t obvious. It doesn’t matter. What does matter, to me, is the twinge of sadness that I feel inside, at around this time every year, when the daylight becomes so much shorter and, the sun so much lower. You see, when it comes to making photographs, there are few passions in me to rival it and, infrared is my most consuming joy of the brighter, sunnier months – so much so that when the light and the leaves begin to disappear ever more steadily towards the middle of autumn, I feel like I am losing a friend until the coming of a new spring. It may sound ridiculous to you but, it really does feel like loss. Yes, on beautiful winter days, it is still possible to use the sunlight for IR but the deciduous trees’ absence of foliage makes a huge and noticeable change to  the landscape. I’m starting to mourn already, you see.

So in my question, “what do we do now?” – well, I am at a loss to know just how my endeavours will progress through the autumn and winter months. One thing is certain though, I will find a way to keep my enthusiasm high and, I will remain behind a camera at any opportunity. This is where I need to focus on other techniques and genres – and so, I must keep my mind open; and, see where I find myself. It has been an absolute pleasure and, a total blast sharing my summers’ infrared work, truly. A real buzz. If this is my last IR post for a while, I know not; the weather will have a lot to do with that.

A Small Request:

Now, and this is so important to me – I have to say a huge, massive and grateful thank you, to the one chap that has made my latest IR endeavours possible and given me, again and again, the ability to enjoy the passion of alternative wavelength photography to the best of my personal abilities and, hopefully too, for your enjoyment. So I am going to ask a huge favour of you now. If you have enjoyed any of my IR frames over the last months, I ask you wholeheartedly, please, leave a comment and say a warm and genuine thank you to Amar. I would love to see you all leave a comment please, for a true gent, a humble technician and a bloody splendid fellow. My heart goes out. The Guildford Photographic Society are lucky to have you as a member.

Thank you, my friend!

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I | The Renovation Project | 720nm IR.

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II | Across the Annan – Brocklerigg | 720nm IR.

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As the “Old Saying” Goes? | 720nm IR | 35:Chronicle

black & white, infrared, landscape, nature, photography

What Do We Do, Now that the Cows Have all Come Home?


Any of you who read my pages on even a semi-regular basis, will know that because I live very rurally,  countryside subjects constitute a huge portion of my photographic endeavours. I guess, though I dream of embarking on other projects or making images of a number of other genres, this is what I live with daily and, (I hope) make the most from.  Trees always form an anchor in almost all landscape photographs and, still, I wonder, just when will we have exhausted every angle, each different way of seeing them, photographing them? Never? Oh, let’s hope that can be the case!

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I | 35mm – 720nm IR.

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These particular four trees are very exposed and have a distinct lean towards the east; battered constantly by harsh, often unrelenting westerly winds that howl across the Solway Firth and, when they loose their foliage in late autumn, their branches resemble (to me, at least) the drying bones of living skeletons, desperately reaching out for water.  Still, from spring until autumn, they are unique and, utterly resplendent.

With that said, here is another series of rural frames, (just for fun, really) which reminded me of something that I used to hear a lot as a child. Whatever I was doing, I could keep on doing it until … and it wouldn’t make a blind bit of difference that I did. (It was right up there with “wait until your father gets home!“)

So, back to the question – now that they’re all home, what exactly do we do now? 

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II | 35mm – 720nm IR.

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III | 35mm – 720nm IR.

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IV | 35mm – 720nm IR.

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Let the Shadows Lengthen | 720nm Infrared | 35:Chronicle

black & white, infrared, landscape, nature, photography, structures

Debunking an IR Myth.


Has it been only me, or is there a general belief (amongst interested parties, naturally) that infrared photography may only be practised in the height of summer when the sun is aloft in a clear sky, between 10am and 4pm? Okay, I’m exaggerating somewhat to make the point, perhaps, but I do believe that (as I wrote in a recent comment to a splendid chap’s post, here on the wonderful WP) I have been for a long time ignorant that infrared photography has – a season. Like fishing perhaps? Or Grouse hunting? Or, athletics, for that matter?! Not a bit of it!

To show that I have been guilty of harbouring notions which can only be considered complete and utter poppycock, here are a couple of frames taken about a half-hour before sunset last week, where, even though the sun was indeed low in the sky, the light quality was just as perfect, nonetheless – on this beautiful,  peaceful autumn evening.

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I | Dappled Old Stone | 720nm IR.

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II | Evening Tones, from Brocklerigg | 720nm IR.

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Land-Escapery | PT.III | 35:Chronicle

black & white, infrared, landscape, nature, photography

Over the Hill | 720nm Infrared.


It’s been just about a week since my last post and, it has to be said that this has rather irritated me some. This is largely because, whenever I have had time this past week, I have spent most of it with walking boots on and cameras in hand making the most of some recent fabulous weather. Either that, or, I have been feverishly processing, leaving little or no time to post. Finally though, I seem to have caught-up and, have a huge amount of pleasure in posting these frames, made last week on a gorgeous evening’s wander, close to home.

Lucky? Don’t I know it. I hope you will enjoy these two captures and, have a great weekend ahead.

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I | Moonrise [L] | 720nm IR.

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II | Moonrise [P] | 720nm IR.

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Normal Service is Resumed | 720nm Infrared | 35:Chronicle

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Evening Glory.


This is a very quick post, as I will be ridiculously busy over the coming weekend and, I wanted to leave you with just a little taster of perhaps a few posts to follow over the next week or so.

I took a little walk around the estate this evening and, had one of the most photographically productive and pleasing escapes I’ve had in a long while. The evening sun was low, the damage from the recent storm cleared away and, the whole place is completely peaceful again. I hope many others caught in it are enjoying the same freedom to just breathe, again.

Please forgive me if I am slow to respond to any comments over the weekend but, I will do so at my first opportunity and, will be looking forward to all of your posts, nonetheless. For now though, may I wish you all a fabulous weekend and, I hope you’ll enjoy this one hopeful and relaxing frame. Of respite. Of peace. Of good fortune.

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Eve’s Glory | 720nm IR.

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Inside a Mile | 720 & 850nm Infrared | 35:Chronicle

black & white, infrared, nature, photography, trees

Ali: Did Not Float Like a Butterfly.


No, it packed real punches. A few shots from within just a one-mile radius of my home, taken during and after the storm hit. Sorry that this one is a little image-heavy (compared to my usual number) but I hope you will find them worth your perusal, (not least because it took me over two hours to upload, over a very dodgy mobile-phone hotspot connection to my laptop). The damage doesn’t look too ridiculous if these shots alone are to lend some kind of testament to Ali’s total severity, and, I am sure that there are many other far more devastating images out there. However, in my never-ending quest for the real – here are some captures from around me. I would say that I hope you enjoy, but, that would sound perverse; still, you know what I mean, right? 

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I. | During | 850nm IR.

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II. | After | 720nm IR.

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III. | After | 720nm IR.

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IV. | After | 720nm IR.

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V. | After | 720nm IR.

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VI. | After | 720nm IR.

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VIII. | Peace at Last | 8500nm IR.

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Confusion All-Around | 850nm Infrared | 35:Chronicle

autumn / fall, black & white, infrared, nature, photography, trees

The Storm.


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A Blustery Day [I] | 850nm IR | 24mm.

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I must have looked a right sight, standing outside in my dressing-gown and walking boots, camera on the tripod shooting the trees amidst 80mph winds. As the rain came pouring out of the sky, I had managed to bag just a few frames. Currently, thanks to the storm and the many trees that have disrupted power-lines on their way down to the ground,  there is no wifi, no electricity or hot water, everything is running off remaining battery power, now – and I daren’t even open my fridge door. As for travel, it can’t happen today. All local roads are blocked by trees. So, I console myself with these captures – in temporary, rural isolation. They’re not great captures but, the best I could get before the heavens really opened. Mad-dash photography… I’ve had better luck! 

Wherever you are, if the storms are hitting you, I hope you’re in a safe place. (My next-door neighbour’s shed is already in the opposite field and, I fear it won’t be long before mine joins it!)

That’s all for now; I want to get this posted before my battery runs empty.

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A Blustery Day [II] | 850nm IR | 24mm.

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Three Little Steps | 35:Chronicle

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… To the Light.


I. | Twist & Open.

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II. | Open & Lean Out.

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III. | Lean Out & – Breathe.

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Fading Casual Silence | 35:Chronicle

black & white, nature, personal, photography, waterscape

An Intermission.


These frames were, honestly, an afterthought. I didn’t come here to make any but it would have been utterly ridiculous of me not to. Sometimes, I just want to sit for a while and, look out. Think. Reflect. Figure it all out. Breathe. Even moments like these don’t require a dozen or more frames to preserve them in memory. On this grey and moody afternoon, I clambered across the rocks and looked out over the Solway. There was not a single person in sight anywhere around me – a real rarity. On this day, I was truly alone – whether usually a choice or not, on this day, it was what I needed. A tonic for the soul, as someone (far wiser than their own self-belief would have ever allowed them to admit) once said to me; and so, despite endless potential futures – all of them floating before me, directionless, like infinitesimally fine droplets of moisture carried almost weightlessly in the air, I was, for once, completely happy with that.

If this moment could be summed-up as a single, beautifully simple equation (where I=me & R=the rocks) it would be this:

(I+R) = 1.

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I. | 28mm.

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II. | 28mm.

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Place Your Bets? | 720nm IR | 35:Chronicle

35mm, black & white, infrared, landscape, nature, photography

Hawk, Otter & Salmon.


Double-Prey | 35mm | 720nm Infrared.

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While the Sun Shines | PT.III | 35:Chronicle

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After the Wheels Stopped Turning.


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IX. | 28mm [760nm Infrared]

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As the baling season is almost a week past done here, I figured it was time to post the series’ final frames that I would like to share with you. This one is slightly more image-heavy than I had initially intended for this last post of the series to be, only because I found a couple more frames worthy of publishing than I thought I’d have before I started the shoots but also, because I don’t see the worth in stringing out the subject matter over more than a few posts – otherwise things get predictable or, worse still, a bit boring. So, what I’m going to show here are three more frames from my GXR’s 28mm 760nm conversion and also, three from the same camera’s A16 24-85mm TFS (true full-spectrum) conversion with a 720nm (Hoya R72) filter on the front element. This combined lens & sensor conversion has no filters at all in front of the sensor (not even a standard 330nm Schott glass) which, in simple terms means that with no filters on the lens’ front-element, the sensor gains around an extra two and a half stops of light (under daylight conditions or – UV, Visible & IR artificial lighting systems) – which is superbly beneficial for black and white shooting. (More detailed information can be found on my Light Waves page, if you require any).

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X. | 28mm [760nm Infrared]

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XI. | 28mm [760nm Infrared]

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Here though, using the R72 means that there’s no benefit of extra stops, but still, the difference between the frames captured at 720nm have a distinctly different feel (by way of contrast and highlights) to those captured at 760nm with the 28mm prime. I’m trying not to decide on a favourite look because I really do enjoy the output from both units but for me, the 760 wavelength edges it. Nonetheless, the A16’s conversion is going to be vastly more versatile in different lighting conditions and situations than the A12, with a usable zoom range and, the ability to use many more lens-mounted filters for light-wave play and, unfiltered low-light monochrome work. I’m really looking forward to making more images with it and experimenting with deeper contrast infrared, for sure, but in the meantime, I do hope you’ll enjoy these last frames of this particular mini-series. 

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XII. | 50mm  [720nm Infrared]

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XII[B]. | 85mm  [720nm Infrared]

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XIV. | 85mm  [720nm Infrared]

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Local Pheasant Leaves Photo-Present | 35:Chronicle

35mm, black & white, close-up, macro, nature, photography

A Ringneck’s Three.


Tip, Shaft & Quill.

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While the Sun Shines | PT.II | 35:Chronicle

28mm, black & white, infrared, landscape, nature, photography

As Goliath Sleeps | 28mm | 760nm Infrared.


Moving on from Part I of this short series where I shared a few very casual frames taken using just visible light, during the baling process, I’m going to press on with the next few frames that I feel are worthy of sharing too, taken using just IR light. Using just my 28mm 760nm infrared conversion for my GXR, Goliath was asleep having done his work overnight and through the previous day, and, this allowed me plenty of time on yet another beautiful morning to wander ’round and capture some more images.

760nm affords (very appreciably) more contrast and clarity of reproduction (in both RAW/DNG and in the JPGs) but I prefer always to work from DNG, nonetheless. Faux colour is less possibly achieved at 760nm because the transmittance of any colour information to the sensor is by this level, seriously degraded when compared to 720nm and of course, lower frequencies. Black and white therefore, has to be the desired output when capturing light at this and higher frequencies. Fortunately, this works well in my favour, being a devout enthusiast of black and white photography. I can’t imagine these images pleasing me more with the presence of any colour at all – despite the beauty of the day.

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V.

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VI.

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VII.

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VIII.

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