A Stop-Gap, Perhaps? | 760 & 715nm Infrared | 35:Chronicle

black & white, infrared, landscape, photography

Either Side of 35.


As I am now on the verge (pardon the pun, please?) of re-commencing my photographic passions with entirely different systems, both of which feature fixed 35mm (FoV) lenses, I thought it might be nice to reflect a little on the two IR systems that I enjoyed last year. Both of them are either side of 35 and, of different wavelengths to the 720nm I will from here-on, be concentrating – and, my anticipation of getting back out there is again heightened by such reflection. 

These few frames were taken around Megget Water; either of, from or, towards Megget Dam, (not far from St. Mary’s Loch) in South West Scotland – during July of last year. Most frames that I had posted of Megget last year concentrated mainly on the reservoir itself, but there are clearly other views. I simply cannot wait to go back in the spring. I might even remember to pack my heaviest tripod and a Big-Stopper, next time! 

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I | From | 28mm | 760nm Infrared.

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II | Towards | 50mm | 715nm Infrared.

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III | Of | 28mm | 760nm Infrared.

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Memories: Of Longer Days | 720nm Infrared | 35:Chronicle

black & white, infrared, landscape, photography

As the Winter Solstice Approaches.


Already, I miss the higher sun, the longer days and, of course, my photo-walks around this rural haven that I call home. These few frames were among the last infrared captures I had made not too many weeks after the segue from summer, to autumn. Yes, I do miss my IR walks. The sun, the warmth, the solitude and, the searching – for the almost ethereal – are to me, those things that I enjoy most about it. As I look forward to next year’s spring, I shall embrace these shorter, darker, colder days – for their own challenges will become my own; but, I long for the light. If only to see scenes like these through my viewfinder again. 

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I | Repentance Tower.

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II | Ploughed.

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III | Above & Beyond.

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Let the Shadows Lengthen | 720nm IR | PT.II | 35:Chronicle

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

Under a Low, Autumn Sun.


Walking around my home-turf is a real joy on evenings like this and, it is my express intention to squeeze every single IR frame that I can this year, out of this beautiful, peaceful landscape. I know just how lucky I am – and, I hope this notion comes across in my frames. The lowering sun does make composition a little more of a thoughtful, slowed-down process but, that’s how I work naturally anyway. A little slower? Who cares? In a place like this – why would I need to rush, anyway?

(I am aware of the cardinal sin that no serious photographer should ever commit, even unwittingly, in the second frame – however, I’m not a fan of removing elements, so, it stays. It shouldn’t take you long to find it. To help you, try thinking along the lines of “Where’s [the] Wally”! Anyhow, I hope you’ll enjoy these two compositions.

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I | 50mm – 720nm IR.

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II | 85mm – 720nm IR.

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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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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

black & white, infrared, photography

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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