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Interesting Web Sites of a Subluminary Nature

Once you have exhausted the delights that Invisible Light has to offer here are some other web sites that I've found or been told about. From here you can extend your journey with the help of other photographers and, down the page, some more technical resources on the subject.
[Updated February 2012]

Link of the moment: Dean Bennici

  • Dean is a photographer based in Germany who added a comment to an item on the Infrared 100 blog saying that he provided Richard Mosse with his medium format colour infrared film. This led me to check out Dean's own site. He has a really good feel for what the film can achieve.

First ... some photographers

  • Bokeh is a Brazillan photo studio which would appear to feature the work of Romulo Lubachesky and Bruna Marchioro. There is a range of work on show on their web site including a particularly fine set of infrared photographs (click on the link that says 'Infravermelho').
  • If you're a Dylan fan then Elliott Landy is the man who shot the cover of Nashville Skyline whose name, curiously, is an anagram of Dylan (or vice versa) and is one of the few people to photography him smiling. Elliott is a Magnum photographer and has been shooting since the 60s: his website includes lots of famous faces over the years. I'm including him because he has taken a few superb examples of what you can (or could) do with colour infrared film, especially a shot of Dylan on the book (aka trunk) of a car that appears on the cover of Elliott's latest book. The book, incidentally, includes some infrared images.
  • This one is a mind-blower: Hidden Realms. Martin Reeves has been toting his infrared film around Asia for years and has produced images to die for. I am not only insanely jealous but also in total awe. If you ever wanted to see Ankor Wat or the Taj Mahal by infrared light then this is where you go. Amazing.
  • Colin Page is based in Victoria in Australia and he has been taking infrared landscapes for 20 years and is now shooting with a modified Phase One H10 on Hasselblad V series cameras. I find that wide-open landscapes can be difficult in infrared; you are even more dependent on intriguing lighting (and shadow) than you are with visible light. Colin has a good eye for clouds and shadows and there are some really shots here. (Colin has also suggested to me that slight overexposure of a digital IR photo can dramatically reduce noise, as long as the highlights don't blow out. I think that's an interesting idea and worth a bit of experimentation.)
  • David Twede's site, Surreal Color Photography, has some superb faux-colour infrared images. David is into full spectrum as well as infrared, which is explained in great detail on David's site. He has an optical engineering background and his technical detail is among the best I've seen.
  • Two good reasons to visit Clive R Haynes's site. Firstly the great images (he's a fellow of the Royal Photographic Society) but also a selection of tutorials on aspects of digital photography. Clive is currently the chair of the RPS Digital Imaging Group. His home page is a good place to start of course, but here are links to his infrared gallery and his tutorial on digital infrared.
  • Wayne J Cosshall is based in Melbourne, Australia and runs two interconnected sites called Experimental Digital Photography and Digital Imagemaker. Both are vast sites which include a lot of useful stuff on infrared. One key part of the DImageMaker site is its evaluation of how various cameras and lenses perform under infrared. I've long been hoping someone with access to lots of cameras would do this and I find that Wayne has bitten this particular bullet. Invaluable! The fact that he also takes superb photos makes this even better. Check out his photomedia site for even more amazing images.
  • Some nice quirky images by Isac Ekberg (from Sweden) on his site called AnanasJuice. He tells me he's fairly new to photography and has "a pretty unorthodox and interesting approach to shooting infrared".
  • I have always had a secret yearning to use a panoramic camera. I was tempted by the X-Pan until I noticed the infrared film sensor and I'm one of those people who likes the challenge of framing for a wider viewpoint. Francisco J Marin combines a great eye for the widescreen with infrared film (as well as colour). You can find your way to his often immersive wide shots—taken with cameras like the X-Pan (I was wrong evidently) and Noblex—from his home page. I've linked to the English version, but the original is in Spanish and there is a German version as well.
  • There are two good reasons for visiting Bjørn Rørslett's site. The first is his collection of fascinating IR and UV (and sometime both together!) images and the second is his super-comprehensive reviews of Nikkor lenses. He's a nature photographer and seems to be a regular user of that Fuji UVIR digital camera. His lens reviews often comment on IR and UV performance, which makes it interesting (essential even) reading for us subluminalists. The only down side is that the site doesn't seem to be very active at the moment ... but look who's talking!
  • I had always thought that it was just Canon's sensor that gave those orange skies when you shot infrared. It seems I am wrong since Greg Burns has been putting his Nikon D70 to good use with a #87 filter and getting some quite stunning results. He's not afraid to get the occasional lens flare either. Click on the word infrared ... but you'd already guessed that hadn't you?
  • I've been remiss in not adding Andy Smith's Visual Realia to the list. There are a lot of infrared digital shots on his site ... but you have to search on 'infrared' or find the infrared theme to get there. It's a little effort but worth it. What stopped me in my tracks was a quote from Doctor Who which says "There are worlds out there where the skies are burning, where the sea’s asleep, and the rivers dream. People made of smoke, and cities made of song." Above the quote is a time-exposure of a dreaming river. So the Good Doctor had seen infrared photos had he? (I know Tom Baker has ... was it him?)
  • Two for the price of one with this entry. I stumbled across xRez's super-hi resolution panoramas of Zion Canyon in Utah and saw that they used a Canon digital 'back' (as they put it) to shoot in near-infrared. It being a Canon you get some pseudo-colour artefacts as well. This is multi-mega-pixel stuff and they have utilised the Google Maps technology to allow panning and zooming. around an amazing infrared panorama. There is also a link to Travis Price's little slice of Blogspot (he's one of the xRez team) where you can see his excellent digital IR shots of Zion as well. But that panorama will blow your mind ... especially if you have lots of pixels at your disposal.
  • Gary Brown hails from Phoenix, Arizona and, as he puts it, has an IR environment quite different from mine. He has a nice eye for landscapes, and if you look through the galleries you'll find infrared shots in many of the photo sets ... not just the ones labeled infrared.
  • It was really nice to get an email from Kevan Brewer (who has a great site of photos of the New Forest) recommending Kathy Harcom's website. She only shoots black and white, often using Kodak HIE film, and often toned and hand coloured. Kathy is a Fellow of the RPS and the quality of her work makes this a great site to visit. I love the composition of her shots and for me the real problem is going to be how to learn from her eye without slavishly copying.
  • Charles Baynon lives in Ludlow in Shropshire, an incredibly picturesque English county and a town which was once the seat of government for the Marches and Wales. He uses Kodak infrared film, scans the negs and inkjet prints them in limited editions ... then sells them on his web site and direct to the public on a stall in Ludlow Market, right by the castle. I'm knocked out by his landscapes, especially since he takes the kind of images I do ... and does it very well indeed.
  • Pere Villez has an interesting past. He used to operate a computer back in the days when the men (rarely women) who operated them wore white coats and the machines themselves lived in air-conditioned caves where the sun never shone but the light never faded. Pere is now a senior lecturer at Portsmouth University but his web site includes some great digital infrared architectural photography around Barcelona (I assume his home town) which has always been the place where aliens try out their architectural genius on us humans. A faster route to his amazing photos - taken with an unmodified Dimage 7 and a Hoya R72 - is at www.centuryofnoise.com.
  • Les Paysages Invisibles features the landscapes of Jean-Pierre Tremblay who uses Kodak HIE 35mm and Maco 120 roll film in 6 by 7 format. He's managed to capture some lovely luminous foliage. JP is Québequois and the site is in French: click on Diaporama to see the photos. I think the URL of each photo will give you a clue as to which film you're looking at. In any event, how could you resist images with titles like 'Ruine d'une époque glorieuse' or 'La porte de l'Éden' ... they could be pieces of music by Couperin, Satie or Ravel n'est pas?
  • Chuck Korolden ... another Cycloid Fathom alumnus. Chuck's site has moved URL once more and, we hope, should now enter a phase of restful stability. Great shot on the front page ... follow the link to 'Infrared'.
  • Eric Cheng has has been experimenting with digital cameras and infrared filters. The link to his infrared photos is on the right. This is where you can find out about the 'bleeding edge' technique of removing the infrared filter from a digital camera.
  • Matthew Piunno is the Colorblind Artist (he's American, hence the spelling) and has some wonderfully atmospheric digital IR shots on his site. I believe that he's using a modified Sony F717 which gives some crisp and very subtle pseudo-colour effects.
  • I have been meaning to recommend Stan Patz's web site for some time. Stan is a well-established photographer based in New York City with a pretty central Zip. There's more to his site than infrared ... but check out his IR landscapes. He has even managed what, for me, has to be the definitive 'hay bale shot' ... and wide-screen to boot.
  • Gavin Wrigley's site is a great source of colour images (for which he is famous) including the results of his trip to the USA. Also includes some black and white photos and a very good infrared backgrounder - almost as good as mine ;-) - certainly better graphics. He has also nabbed the domain infraredphoto.co.uk
  • Malcom Fear is a photographer based in the wonderfully photogenic English county of Dorset. He's called his site In'FEAR'ed. As my visit to the place was particularly rainy and overcast I really like his shot of the ruins of Corfe Castle.
  • From the whimsically-named Walnut Creek in California we find Wayne Miller. There's lots more besides 'straight' infrared: he's done some really creative and wacky things using IR (amongst other wavelengths).
  • You should check out some beautiful and fascinating images by Norman E Riley. Norman's approach to infrared is to use it as one of a number of elements in building the whole look of his images. This means that his photos generally do not exhibit the 'traditional' infrared look. For example, he will choose his filters to balance the influences of all the light falling on his subjects. You used to go to the 'Facts of Light' section first, as well as his technical notes ... but the site has been redesigned and (to be honest) I don't know where you should look. But look you should!
  • Galeria Fotografii Roberta Urbañskiego leads to the English version of this site, but there is a Polish one as well. Roberta is anglicised to Robert and he's based in Warsaw. Follow the link to his 'Exhibition' and hence to Landscapes III, which is where you'll find the infrared shots.
  • The home page of Joe Paduano (he of The Art of Infrared Photography fame) has moved to its own domain at joepaduano.com.
  • Mike Finley, whose website goes by the name of the Efikim Gallery, majors in infrared and plants (especially carnivorous ones). It's nice to see someone with a hobby. His home page includes a really nice panoramic infrared landscape and, if I had to complain, my only complaint would be that there isn't enough of his infrared work on the site. Mike used the Konica film, lives in Cheshire in the southern part of the north-west of England, and recently achieved a Licentiateship of the Royal Photographic Society. (I didn't know what Efikim means ... if you Google it you only reach Mike's pages ... until I looked at the word backwards. I think I get it.)
  • Scott Alberts is a sometime member of the Simpsons production team who also takes landscapes in infrared. There are some really stunning shots here, ranging from LA to Bali and Spain taking in obscure bits of the US backwoods in between. He was off-line for a while (or at least I lost track of him) but now he's back and living in Spain. I think Scott has a really good eye for landscapes and his images seem completely suffused with light. Beautiful. Buy one of his prints once you've bought one of mine ;=) There's something wrong with most fo Scott's site ... maybe it's withering on the vine, but you can still explore his IR shots (including Bali) from the link.
  • The Handmade Photographic Images of George L Smyth which include some infrared photos; including a long-time favourite of mine called 'House of Dreams'. George is also the originator of The Internet Photographic Handmade Postcard Trading List.
  • Antonis Karydis is a Greek photographer who uses colour infrared film for what you might call 'ordinary' photography. Sometimes you wouldn't realise it was infrared except for the information next to the photo. It's the curious and often rich colours that finally give it away. These are photos that would work in 'normal' light: adding the infrared dimension is a bonus for us subluminists.
  • Diane Syme, in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, USA (it says here) has some really nice shots and, unlike many of us IR-types, she lets people get into her shots too. The shot of people gazing at the city across the water - Minneapolis Dream at Lake Hiawatha - is a gem and one of my all-time-favourite infrared shots.
  • John Maclean's colourful Infrared Santa Fe includes some of the best colour infrared around, including a new take on the obligatory graveyard shots.
  • Pitan Singhasaneh - Near Infrared
    A Thai site: Pitan Singhasaneh uses a Nikon Coolpix 950 with an 'opaque' filter. He's also into fish-eye and panoramic images as well as the occasional shot of his feet! Worth checking out although you might have to look carefully amongst the Thai characters (especially if you don't have a Thai font) ... but there is some Roman text and it's worth persevering. The link to his gallery is a little way down the right hand side or here. Look out for some stunning flash photos of flowers in Gallery 21. (These links are currently not responding for some reason.)
  • Cor Breukel's Infrared Photographs are back on-line. Cor and I like similar kinds of images, and he's a nice guy too. Sad to say, the Infrared Gallery is now closed, Cor set it up and Jason Revell ran it for a while. (This link is also not responding at the moment.)
  • Simon Marsden: photographer of ghostly castles and their ilk ... and many books of infrared images without (to my knowledge) ever admitting it.
  • Judy, Hugh and Claire Thomas have been working together to produce hybrid visible/infrared light images. If you go to the gallery on their site and select the Infra DIg Portfolio (as they call it) you can find them. They are using different techniques to the ones I used to demonstrate colour mapping and there's an article explaining it all. Very nice.
  • Reha Akçakaya is the Turkish photographer who produced the books Adagio and Journey with the Invisible Light (no relation - but check out the bibliography). This is his web gallery, including some images from those books.
  • Onno Zweers, has a site called www.landscapes.nl. The site includes non-IR stuff (still good of course) and is bilingual Dutch/English.
  • The Black and White Art Zone was a site run by Elias Eliadis who by day photographs Greek archaeological objects for the Ministry of Culture and by night (or at least at weekends) takes black and white photos. It has now been 'preserved' which makes me wonder what may have happened to Elias, whom I met on a visit to Athens many years ago.
  • Richard Marin has put together a site with some neat design as well as infrared photos. The sections on 'Things' and 'War' are the places to look and there's a screensaver available with some of his images. I've reviewed his book War of our Fathers in the Book List.
  • More great landscapes, including IR, from F Kelly MacKay in Nova Scotia.
  • Some particularly stunning IR photos by Bill Agee in California.
  • Alan Lindsay Garrett comes right out and calls them Infrared Nudes, and has received a stratospheric number of hits ... are these connected perhaps?
  • Professor Ferncase's Infrared Window ... and a very nicely designed one it is too ... although the image size is a bit small by today's epic standards. Actually he doesn't call it the Window any more but it was such a great title I have a one-man campaign to preserve it.
  • I'm not sure whether it's called Fine Art Infrared Photography or, more poetically, Infrared Dreams but this site by Chris Maher and Larry Berman includes some great infrared shots taken with digital cameras including nudes and colour.
  • Mike Malec, otherwise Raven Photography, is based in Colorado and specialises in landscapes using 35mm and larger formats. He has a good feel for composition and (I'm envious) has some great shots of hot-air balloons.

... and now some other infrared resource web sites

  • The established American infrared emporia, MaxMax, Spencer's and LifePixel, now have European competition in the shape of ACS, Advanced Camera Services of Norfolk in England and Optik Makario in Germany. All four sites offer useful information and conversion services, and MaxMax and ACS also sell ready-converted cameras. The arrival of ACS and Optik Makario means that European infrared photographers now have somewhere within the EU who can undertake modifications, which avoids customs duties. There was also an Australian company, Khromagery, but they stopped converting cameras in June 2008. However they do have an interesting analysis of digital camera infrared performance on their site. Please note that I have no personal experience of any of these companies (but I'd appreciate hearing of your experiences) so these links are not endorsements. If you know of other people doing such conversions please let me know.
  • There are some amazing photos on the flickr site and someone has set up a 'Top 20 Infrared Shots' pool. There's a great variety of film and digital; monochrome and various shades of false colour. As I write, there's an amazing shot of a golfer summoning the forces of nature to help his drive ... helped by an infrared image and a touch of Photoshop magic.
  • Wristcutters is a movie supposedly shot entirely on Super-16mm colour infrared film. Kodak made the stock specially for the production but after some test runs the director decided that the effects he wanted could be achieved using a digital intermediate process instead. A still image used for promotion, and for the label of the DVD, definitely has a colour-IR look ... but that is, sadly, as far as it goes. So I was misinformed ... but I have now seen the film. It's described as 'An offbeat comedy, a love story, a road movie - but everybody's dead' ... and Tom Waits is in it ... and it went down well at Sundance 2006. It is quirky, fun and (dare I say) rather good. You can get the NTSC Region 1 DVD from Amazon.com and get a Region 2 PAL edition from Amazon.co.uk.
  • I haven't had any links to stock photography so far, but Robert Tait from Foto Search Stock Photography in Wisconsin (USA) emailed to mention their infrared portfolio of over 1500 images. What I find most interesting about this is that the use of, especially, colour infrared film as an adjunct to stock photography is providing a different kind of image to most of what you'd find through this page. Most stock photography is used to illustrate concepts, sometimes quite abstract ones; and infrared is used here to add an extra dimension of 'other worldliness' to the images. I'll admit that some are not what I'd think of as being infrared images. Infrared is a keyword here and could include a TV remote control, but look through the images, bear in mind that repetition is useful in stock photos (editorially you might want a slightly different version of a shot) and enjoy them.
  • Andrew Davidhazy is Professor of Imaging and Photographic Technology at Rochester Institute of Technology in New York State. He's something of an imaging guru ... including infrared of course. He has written a succinct backgrounder on infrared photography.
  • I realise this is probably now of more academic interest ... but Marco Pauk produced an extremely comprehensive analysis of the available B&W infrared flm stock. This page is highly recommended if you want to 'lift the hood' on this technique even a little. However ... the exact film tested here may no longer be available.
  • The web site of RMIT University in Melbourne University includes an interesting set of biographies of pioneers of 'invisible radiation' photography, including Wood, Clark and Gibson. They're written by Prof Robin Williams and Gigi Williams. More notably there is an academic article on infrared photography, with copious references, which makes an essential adjunct to Clark's book. The article was included in an out-of-print book on Biological Photography (ed Vetter, Publ Focal Press 1992).
  • Brian Webb is a space enthusiast and his Space Archive site has an interesting (if brief) technical appraisal of using a digital camera for technical photography, including IR and UV.
  • Kodak data sheets on their one remaining infrared film: Aerochrome III 1443. (Kodak change their URLs more often than I change my socks so I hope this one sticks for a while.)
  • On the Apogee Photo site there's a good series of articles by Michael Fulks. You can find them in the archive section of their magazine (click on the table of contents link on the Apogee home page, as the mag's link changes every month). The first article dates from March 1996 and is called Infrared Photography: Debunking Myths which gives advice about getting out there and taking IR photos. His advice about exposure is especially clear, although he didn't seem to read the Kodak data sheet before using the film for the first time. He followed this article with a second part to the article and then one on focussing. Finally (so far) is a look at the Ilford SFX-200 film, with examples.
  • Yahoo has a section for infrared photography in the Visual Arts section.
  • Willem-Jan Markerink's home page has a wealth of technical data as well as subscription info for the Infrared Mailing List, of which he is Godfather ... or at least Big Brother. The page style is unashamedly 1990s web but don't let that stop you.
  • ... and here is an archive of the Infrared mailing list organised by Marco Pauck in Hamburg, Germany. This is the place to go to check out those pesky ir-transparent developing tanks and cameras with infrared film sensors! However, the archive froze in May 2001.
  • ... an up-to-date and (currently) active archiving of the group can be found on Nabble.
  • The Infrared FAQ was updated and maintained by Clive Warren at CoCam but currently this link is broken!
  • Ed Scott and Hollis Bewley have put together a site on Spectral Selectivity in photography which should get you thinking.

These links are indirected through a Perl script so I can see who is interested in what and eventually I'll be publishing the results of the tracking. If any of them don't work please mail me and complain - nicely of course. Also mail me to suggest new sites (subject to the editor's approval of course).

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