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101 Absolutely Breathtaking Infrared Photographs


There is nothing quite like Infrared Photography. Maybe you’ve run across an IR photo before on the web, and if you have, you’re familiar with it’s almost surreal appearance.

This post highlights 101 of the most stunning infrared photographs on the web, and also suggests reading materials and equipment photographers should look through for taking infrared photos of their own.

Breathtaking Infrared Photographs

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Infrared Photography Tutorials

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Getting Started with Infrared Photography

Infrared photography looks like nothing else. I’m sure you’ve seen some IR photos around the web, but maybe you don’t know how to achieve this special effect? Look no further, here’s a guide on what to think about when choosing your object, how to shoot and what to do in post-production.

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Comprehensive Digital Camera Infrared Photography Guide

This is one of the most complete Infrared Photography Guides the internet has to offer. If you are looking to take this subject seriously, this is a must read.

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Infrared Photography Startup Guide

Some nice advice for shooting landscapes using Infrared Photography. Nice overview of what you will need, how it is done, and how to start taking your own infrared photographs.

Recommended Equipment

If you’re really taking Infrared Photography seriously, it may be time to upgrade your gear. In case you’re not aware, you’re Digital Camera probably has a built in infrared-blocking filter that automatically prevents you from taking Infrared Photographs by default. Therefore, you’ll need a few things to get started.

The most common way for shooting in Infrared is with a good Infrared Filter, and usually using an older model camera (As cameras continue to develop, they are created to intentionally block out more IR light). While newer modesl can still take IR photographs, the exposure time will typically need to be longer to get the same results without a modified camera.

You’ll also need a nice, steady tripod for taking long exposure shots. Most Infrared Photography shots are long exposures with unmodified equipment, so this is a necessity.

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    cjdaniel1 (1 Point) March 8, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    I really enjoy looking at the IR photos. I am new to dslr, but would really like try some IR. Does anyone know of ANY freeware editing software for IR photos. I do not have photoshop, and that is the only style of editing that have read about concerning this photography.

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    Anna Patrick (1 Point) December 27, 2010 at 9:11 am

    Infrared photos are fascinating, telling us a story of the unseen. Here are some others amazing examples of IR http://www.photographymojo.com/2010/12/incredible-and-inspirational-infrared-photos/

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    These are great! I’m looking forward to learning these photography techniques!

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    Grandus Yidnov (1 Point) September 26, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    There seems to be a blurry line here between Infrared, HDR, snow and using a photoshop mask.

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    These are amazing! It could just be my untrained eye but it seems like a few of these are examples of HDR photography rather than IR photography.

    Thanks for sharing!

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    AYRTON360 (1 Point) August 20, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    Infrared is a cool way of showing what would be just normal picts turning in wowww photos
    Tks 4 sharing
    AYRTON

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    เพลงใหม่ล่าสุด (1 Point) February 3, 2010 at 12:43 am

    great tutorial . Thanks527

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    เพลงใหม่ล่าสุดเดือนนี้ (1 Point) February 2, 2010 at 1:57 am

    great tutorial . Thanks520

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    เพลงสากลใหม่ (1 Point) February 1, 2010 at 3:13 am

    great tutorial . Thanks515

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    Annette (1 Point) January 9, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    LUV LUV LUV That was awesome!!!!

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    Tomas (0 Points) August 8, 2009 at 11:29 am

    Why mine are missing??? :)

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    Tittu Prashanth (1 Point) July 13, 2009 at 8:59 am

    Excellent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    mahesh (1 Point) May 27, 2009 at 9:33 am

    gr8 pic,can i use as desktop bg

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    B-82 (1 Point) May 2, 2009 at 11:28 am

    wow ! this is just breathtaking ! really great look here ! what an awesome article ! love this !

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    rommel (1 Point) April 27, 2009 at 4:37 am

    thanks for sharing!..its awesome

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    Julievive Empasis (1 Point) March 20, 2009 at 2:45 am

    wow… all of them are amazing!

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    dennis murphy (0 Points) March 12, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    found your gallery and see alot of landscapes. i’m a 30 year
    veteran shooting kodak EIR. anyone out there have action
    new york city people for subjects? or am I the only one

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    Chris Barnett (1 Point) March 10, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    Great stuff David. Really like the layout of your posts. Most unique way of giving excellent content! Keep up the good work…

    Tweeted: http://twitter.com/crbarnett/status/1306649946

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    I didn’t know you can have multiple color photos in IR. I always thought it was just like 2 colors!

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    Wow! Brilliant and Beautiful!

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    I just wanted to let you know David that I really liked the infrared photos. since I signed up on your site it has become one of my favorites to visit. You really have great usability on this site. very impressive

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    This may sound like a redundant question, but is it possible to take an ordinary digital photo and create an infrared effect in Photoshop CS2?

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    these photos are really beutyful.

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    Jeanette Rigopoulos (1 Point) February 20, 2009 at 12:42 am

    These are incredibly beautiful photos. Yes, there certainly is a distinctive quality about them; something that seems to affect the atmosphere of the photo, a certain unusual lighting.

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    Joe Vains (1 Point) February 17, 2009 at 11:25 am

    Amazing ! I luv’it ! :)

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    Ditto to what Dan said. It’s means “it is” or “it has”.

    It never means anything else. Never.

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    Omair Rais (1 Point) February 13, 2009 at 4:06 am

    Beautiful collections.

    Regards
    Omair Rais
    (http://www.omairarts.com)

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    i’m south korean~
    your post is good~!!!

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    “…familiar with it’s almost surreal appearance…” literally means “with it is almost surreal appearance.” Awesome photography; awful spelling.

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    Dude, @theleggett is recognizing your work, don’t be a jerk! You should be proud instead..!

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      They’re not being jerks, and I’ve offered to remove their photos if they’d like through email. We could debate about what is right or wrong here, but it’d unquestionable that the best thing to do is always contacting the author of a work before using it.

      That said, the spirit of this post was to connect our audience with these photographs that would have otherwise not been seen by our readers. I intentionally did not save or host these files myself (They’re all hotlinked to Flickr and the original work with citation) because I respect their works. In many ways, we’re doing the same thing here as Google Images does with their image search.

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    Thank you for that you link my photo. Very nice collection! I very proud to choose my photo :)
    Thank you :)

    Virgonc

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    Josh Sommers (1 Point) February 11, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Thanks for including one of mine in the list!

    PS- I’m a few of those are not IR- particularly those that have lots of colors. (For example, the one from Gigapix, The Pentax Hammer, one from Licht)

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    Multidesign (1 Point) February 11, 2009 at 4:52 am

    Omg! There are too many of them. :)

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    ekillian (1 Point) February 11, 2009 at 1:51 am

    With over 123,000 photos on flickr tagged with ‘infrared’ it must have been hard to pull this list of 101 photos, thanks for the inclusion.

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    Logo Design Guru (1 Point) February 10, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    Wow these are amazing. Graphic design really does allow for some great results.

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    These are all really beautiful. Thanks for the collection!

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    WOW these are awesome!!! Great job.

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    If I had the time to complement every author of these amazing photos I would. Great collection, thanks :)

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    Steph (Technofeliz) (1 Point) February 10, 2009 at 5:35 am

    Awesome…
    I was’nt aware that everyone could take infrared pictures…
    Thanks for adding tutorials and equipement description.

    You made me want to give a try… :)

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    Coulombic (1 Point) February 9, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    Thanks for the feature. It feels quite complimentary to have my work posted alongside art of such beauty.

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    scott webb (1 Point) February 9, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    these are amazingly hot.
    I’ve gotta get my nikon d40x converted. I used to shoot infrared with my nikon coolpix 5700 and hoya r72 filter but that camera is long dead. Oh this is hot

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    James Toohey (1 Point) February 9, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    Just amazing.

    Really great roundup David.

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    JeankGeek (1 Point) February 9, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    Nice, I hope soon put some nice HD wallpapers! It’s hard find any good one with 1680×1050 ):

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    Thanks everyone! Be sure to stop by the ones you really enjoy and drop them a comment for their fine work.

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    cutthroat stalker (1 Point) February 9, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    David,

    Very nice collection – thank you for your efforts! Great tutorial and equipment resources too.

    - scott c

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    OMG, those r absolutley amazing! I luv photography, i’ll have to try some of this stuff out!

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    Annagail (1 Point) February 9, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Beautiful! I love these =]

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    Franz Jeitz (1 Point) February 9, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    absolutely gorgeous David. Thanks for sharing!

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    WOW! Amazing stuff, thanks David!

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    Wow! This roundup is so big! That is a whole lot of photographs to go through. Nice. They are really magnificent.

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    Stu | Selfconclusion.co.uk (1 Point) February 9, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    Nice post and great collection buddy, stumbled for ya :D

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    Carla Ceia (1 Point) February 9, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    Great post, lots of beautiful photos in there!

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    Nice post, a lot of cool photos here!

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    Thank goodness for Flickr Stats… I noticed a spike in certain photos of mine and was able to locate them here (Niagara Falls, Buffalo Skyline, etc).

    Like Gary says, even though you provide a link back to Flickr, you are still pilfering for your own personal use on this site, which is copyright infringement. My profile states specifically that there is to be no use without permission and my Flickr account permissions do not allow blogging.

    I do appreciate being included in this wonderful collection but please make a mental note… you MUST ASK photographers in the future.

    Thanks.

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    I sent you an email Dee. Please get back to me if you would like your images removed.

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