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

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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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8 thoughts on “Let the Shadows Lengthen | 720nm Infrared | 35:Chronicle

  1. The light is magic! Though on the first shot it’s so gloomy. These dark stains. But you know, I like it.
    I think anything could be used anytime if a person thinks. It seems it’s about you, that’s why your IR shots are beautiful anytime!

    1. Hi Alena! The dark patches are simply shadows of the leaves and trees as the sun sat low behind them, filtering through and creating patterns on the stone. Its a great time of day for dappled light and I enjoyed the contrast of the sky against the sunlit stonework. Light and shadow. Its what life’s about and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Such thoughtful comments Alena. I hope you’re enjoying your Sunday. 🙏

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