IR-BW - Michal Šúr Photography

Infrared photography - Images of an unseen world

Why unseen world?

Because infrared images are made with light that is not visible to human eye.  Filters that I am using block most of the visible light and only allow the infrared light to pass through. This produces images of unusual tonality, high contrast and makes surreal effects often with haunting appearance. The effect is even more pronounced by long exposures I use that blur the foliage and clouds and smooths moving water.

Making of IR photographs is a slow process. Infrared filters appear to be almost black so the image must be composed before the filter is put on the lens and tripod is necessary. During this process the light often changes and the visualized image with it meaning I have to start all over again.

Infrared photographs are usually made on bright sunny days for the maximum effect. I don't limit myself to sunny days only and you will find that many of my images were made on overcast days.

The part of the spectrum used in infrared photography is in fact "near-infrared" as supposed to  "far-infrared", which is the domain of thermal imaging. Wavelengths used in infrared photography range from about 700 nm to about 900 nm.


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