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Infrascapes: Havana Cuba

Earlier this month, I traveled with my husband from our home here in Mexico to his fatherland – Cuba.  It was the first time he had been to the country where his father was born and raised. The plan was to have this trip be a way of discovering the spirit of Cuba by spending a week in Havana. We spent time with a local guide/photographer and visited various classic locations in Havana and strolled along the streets where his father likely spent time as well.  My husband really enjoyed discovering “his people” and we’ve already talked about returning to Cuba again.

I brought my color infrared camera with me and took a series of images while we were in Havana.

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Infrascapes: Keukenhof Gardens

This past Spring, I traveled to the Netherlands for the first time with my daughter. We happened to be there right in the middle of tulip season, so it was imperative that we pay a visit to the famous Keukenhof Gardens. The gardens were not far from Amsterdam and even closer to where we stayed in Haarlem. We bought tickets for the gardens at the tourist center in Haarlem. Our tickets included a bus ride that let you off a few blocks away. Keukenhof is massive and there were a ton of people spread out over the large gardens. This place is a flower-lovers dream! Thousands of varieties of tulips and many other flower varieties are arranged along various pathways dotted with buildings that contained more flowers plus cafes and gift shops. There were bike rentals (of course!) just outside the garden entrance so you can cycle around the tulip fields in the area.

I took an incredible amount of color photographs while I was there but also had my infrared camera with me. Here’s a few of my color infrared photographs that I shot during that visit:

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Zion in Color Infrared

Yesterday, I posted a series of color landscape images from my day in Zion. I also had my converted Nikon D300 color infrared camera with me and captured Zion in infrared too. You’ll notice the different color spectrum when you compare them to the natural color images I posted yesterday. Welcome to Planet Infrared. zion ir b02 zion IR 112-Edit zion ir b03 zion IR 087-Edit zion ir b05 zion2 IR 026-Edit zion2 IR 034-Edit zion2 IR 028-Edit zion2 IR 038-Edit-2 zion2 IR 047-Edit zion2 IR 058-Edit zion2 IR 082-Edit zion2 IR 067-Edit zion2 IR 091-Edit zion ir b06 zion2 IR 114-Edit zion IR 040-Edit zion ir b01 zion IR 047-Edit


The Color Palatte of Infrared Photography

I’ve been photographing in digital infrared (IR) for nearly 15 years and for the last two years, I’ve been playing around with color IR after having two of my Nikon cameras converted to 590nm and 720nm IR cameras. I thought I’d provide a sample of the different color palattes you can achieve in Lightroom and/or Photoshop.  I shot these images from the apartment in Vancouver in November when some of the leaves were turning color and falling from the trees.

Here is a color digital infrared image directly out of my camera.  You’ll notice the red cast.

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I edited the image in Lightroom using a preset that I created to neutralize the red cast which helps you see how the foliage becomes cotton candy blue in IR. Here’s the resulting image:

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Another technique I use is to bring the original image into Photoshop and use the Channel Mixer to swap the red channel and the blue channel. This will change the foliage to warm colors rather than the cool blue:

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The color palatte I choose for the final image will change depending on the composition of the photograph and the elements in it.  Which does your eye prefer?

Life in Mexico Photography

Dos Catrinas – Infrared

On Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), I styled a photo shoot with two young women who are also good friends. I did all the make-up myself and chose a location here in Mineral de Pozos, Mexico.  The San Pedro ruins provided the perfect backdrop for my shoot.  Alejandra and Malenii were terrific models.  My previous post shows the medium format color images from the shoot. This post features the digital infrared images using a Supercolor IR filter.

These images are available as fine art prints and licensing.

Camera: Nikon D300 (IR conversion)Editing Software: Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop

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Life in Mexico Photography

Travels in Mexico – Bacalar, Quintana Roo

We recently had our first long road trip inside Mexico after being invited by local friends to stay with them as guests at a laguna-front casa in Bacalar located on the eastern side of the Yucatan Peninsula near the border with Belize.  We spent time swimming in the laguna, ventured into the jungle to see the Mayan ruins of Dzibanche and spent a day wandering the beach at Mahahual along the Costa Maya.  Here’s some IR photographs from the trip.


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Digital Infrared in Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

There is something mystical about the large cemeteries in Europe. There is so much history buried there from famous composers and political figures to movies stars and rock stars. Père Lachaise Cemetery is the largest cemetery in Paris and is the resting place of  over a million people including Chopin, Rossini, Edith Piaf, Jim Morrison, Marcel Marceau and Sarah Bernhardt. As you can imagine, if you’re a photographer, there is no way you can cover it in one afternoon (which was all the time I had during my first visit there). I look forward to spending more time there during my trip to Paris next month.

I tend to shoot cemeteries in infrared mainly because of IR’s ability to highlight both the vegetation and the textures of the masonry and statuary. Here’s a few images from Père Lachaise I took last year.


2010 In Review – Color Infrared

I’ve been shooting digital infrared images for close to 10 years now and this is the first year that I used a camera capable of shooting color infrared images. I had my Nikon D70 converted to shoot color infrared. My camera was converted by Jim Chen. His website contains information on the conversion process and a lot of great information about digital infrared photography in general.

Here are some of my favorite color digital infrared images photographed with my newly converted Nikon D70 camera in 2010.

Mineral de Pozos, Mexico

Statue Park, Budapest, Hungary

Mineral de Pozos, Mexico

The fair comes to Mineral de Pozos, Mexico

Circus in Mexico

Mineral de Pozos, Mexico

(Left) Central Texas, (Right) Las Vegas, NV

Hortobagy, Hungary

Budapest, Hungary