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. I've just had a major cull of out of date or broken links to update the page.
[Updated June 2019]
- Dean Bennici 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.
- 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.
- 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 Digital Imagemaker. One key part of the 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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 Portfolios to
find 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?
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
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
- John Maclean's infrared shots
are a bit hidden but worth finding (the link does the heavy lifting for you).
Marsden: photographer of ghostly castles and their ilk ... and many books
of infrared images without (to my knowledge) ever admitting it. Sadly, Simon died in January 2012.
- Some particularly stunning IR photos by Bill
Agee in California.
Ferncase's Infrared Window ... and a very nicely designed one it is too. Actually
he doesn't call it the Window any more but it was such a great title I have
a one-person campaign to preserve it.
- Infrared Dreams by Chris Maher and Larry Berman includes some innovative infrared nudes
taken with digital cameras.
- 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 American infrared emporia, MaxMax, Spencer's and LifePixel, 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. Please note that I have no personal experience of any of these companies other than ACS - who coverted a Canon S95 for me recently - 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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