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40 Incredible Near-Infrared Photos

One of the most charming contrasting color effects you can get in photography is by using infrared. An easy way to understand near-infrared light is to think of it as the color of the rainbow next to red, a color that is invisible to the human eye. But near-infrared is not the same as thermal imaging.

Because everyday objects reflect infrared in proportions that differ sharply from that of visible light, the tonal relationships are wildly unexpected. Such near-infrared techniques used in photography give subjects an exotic, antique look. Green vegetation becomes white, whereas human skin becomes pale and ghostly. The resulting images look alien.

Digital cameras use CCD and other similar sensors to capture infrared images. Although all digital cameras available on the market are sensitive to infrared light, they are equipped with infrared-blocking filters. The main reason for this is that consumer cameras are designed to capture visible light. But sometimes these filters are used together, giving very interesting in-camera effects like false color, wood effects etc.

To start with infrared photography, all you need to have is

  1. A digital camera that is sensitive to infrared light.
  2. A visible-light blocking filter (e.g. a Wratten 89B filter)
  3. Image-editing software, such as Photoshop.

Near-infrared images straight out of the camera do not always look good and are usually not as dramatic and beautiful as normally captured images. Hence, a lot of post-processing is done to enhance these images. Some techniques used in post-processing are equalization, focus shift, small aperture, light leaks, digital false color, halo, etc.

Below, we present a selection of over 40 beautiful infrared images. Some of these images have undergone heavy post-processing, and all of these examples display the names of the photographers, along with links to their websites.

Also take a look at our previous photography articles:

The Beauty Of Infrared Photography Link

Mark Grealish6

Infrared Photo7

Omar Junior8

Infrared Photo9

NASA10
“The Sombrero Galaxy in Infrared”.

Infrared Photo11

Jernej Verbovsek12

Infrared Photo13

G2-Studio Photography

Infrared Photo

Orange Bread14

Infrared Photo15

Naomi Frost5516

Infrared Photo17

Corrado Borean18

Infrared Photo19

Daniella T20

Infrared Photo21

Cavagna Ottavio22

Infrared Photo23

Bruna Marchioro

Infrared Photo24

Infrared Photo

NASA
“Huge Hi-Res Photo of ‘Infrared Andromeda’ with 1 trillion stars”

Infrared Photo25

Roie Galitz
This photo is titled “The Fisherman”.

Infrared Photo

the dreaming tree26

Infrared Photo27

Steve Castle28

Infrared Photo29

Musin Yohan30

Infrared Photo31

18mm32

Infrared Photo33

Almazroa34

Infrared Photo35

NASA36
“An infrared image of Saturn’s northern region shows a luminous aurora with the planet’s mottled rings below.”

Infrared Photo37

Daniella T.38

Infrared Photo39

Frank Brauner40

Infrared Photo41

Infrared Photo42

Guto43

Infrared Photo44

Infrared-IR45

Infrared Photo46

Scott Pruett47

Infrared Photo48

Otit49

Infrared Photo

Infrared Photo50

Gilad51

Infrared Photo52

Romulo Lubachesky

Infrared Photo

Infrared Photo

Infrared Photo

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Licht

Infrared Photo

Infrared Photo

Dave Deluria53

Infrared Photo54

Last Click Link

Naomi Frost5516

Infrared Photo56

ec808x57

Infrared Photo58

Trazy59

Infrared Photo60

Sources and Resources Link

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Footnotes Link

  1. 1 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/03/10/35-fantastic-hdr-pictures/
  2. 2 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/09/07/35-brilliant-examples-of-rain-photography/
  3. 3 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/08/24/45-beautiful-motion-blur-photos/
  4. 4 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/06/09/beautiful-black-and-white-photography/
  5. 5 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/10/05/celebration-of-smoke-photography-and-smoke-art/
  6. 6 http://flickr.com/photos/bhalash/
  7. 7 http://flickr.com/photos/bhalash/189694607/
  8. 8 http://www.flickr.com/photos/omarjunior/
  9. 9 http://www.flickr.com/photos/omarjunior/2553156883/
  10. 10 http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap070121.html
  11. 11 http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/image/0701/sombrero_spitzer_big.jpg
  12. 12 http://photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=1892294
  13. 13 http://photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=1892294
  14. 14 http://www.flickr.com/photos/orangebread/
  15. 15 http://www.flickr.com/photos/orangebread/246328969/
  16. 16 http://www.flickr.com/photos/naomifrost/sets/72157603769539292/
  17. 17 http://www.flickr.com/photos/naomifrost/2897022022/in/set-72157603769539292/
  18. 18 http://photo.net/photodb/user?user_id=241687
  19. 19 http://photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=6346226
  20. 20 http://www.pbase.com/zylen/profile
  21. 21 http://www.pbase.com/zylen/profile
  22. 22 http://photo.net/photodb/user?user_id=1176523
  23. 23 http://photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=3070940&size=lg
  24. 24 http://www.rbfotografia.com.br/Bruna/natureza/content/B6_large.html
  25. 25 http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/image/0606/m31-irac_f.jpg
  26. 26 http://flickr.com/people/the-dreaming-tree/
  27. 27 http://flickr.com/photos/the-dreaming-tree/2896316967/
  28. 28 http://www.flickr.com/photos/stevecastle/
  29. 29 http://www.flickr.com/photos/stevecastle/2562171530/
  30. 30 http://photo.net/photodb/user?user_id=3526551
  31. 31 http://photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=6711486
  32. 32 http://flickr.com/photos/cwilliamson/sets/343973/
  33. 33 http://flickr.com/photos/cwilliamson/53668834/
  34. 34 http://flickr.com/photos/almazroa/
  35. 35 http://flickr.com/photos/almazroa/2779576634/
  36. 36 http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/11/081112142129.htm
  37. 37 http://io9.com/5086683/mysterious-infrared-aurora-glows-at-saturns-north-pole
  38. 38 http://www.pbase.com/zylen/image/11519979
  39. 39 http://www.pbase.com/zylen/image/11519979
  40. 40 http://www.flickr.com/photos/28i/2503383212/
  41. 41 http://www.flickr.com/photos/28i/2455728561/in/set-72157604825966973/
  42. 42 http://www.flickr.com/photos/28i/2822623680/in/set-72157604825966973/
  43. 43 http://www.flickr.com/photos/ghuto/
  44. 44 http://www.flickr.com/photos/ghuto/341989181/
  45. 45 http://www.flickr.com/photos/b-thomas/
  46. 46 http://www.flickr.com/photos/b-thomas/514873534/in/set-72157600234328627/
  47. 47 http://photo.net/photodb/user?user_id=407170
  48. 48 http://photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=2413733
  49. 49 http://flickr.com/photos/88251752@N00/
  50. 50 http://flickr.com/photos/88251752@N00/1072350692/
  51. 51 http://gilad.deviantart.com/
  52. 52 http://gilad.deviantart.com/art/Final-Destination-54532212
  53. 53 http://www.flickr.com/people/davedeluria/
  54. 54 http://www.flickr.com/photos/davedeluria/342420896/
  55. 55 http://www.flickr.com/photos/naomifrost/sets/72157603769539292/
  56. 56 http://www.flickr.com/photos/naomifrost/2214099490/in/set-72157603769539292/
  57. 57 http://www.flickr.com/people/static808/
  58. 58 http://www.flickr.com/photos/static808/202562458/in/set-72057594133922787/
  59. 59 http://www.flickr.com/photos/artsyscience/sets/1115298/
  60. 60 http://www.flickr.com/photos/artsyscience/154130385/
  61. 61 http://www.flickr.com/groups/11964211@N00/pool/
  62. 62 http://www.photoshopessentials.com/photo-effects/infrared-photo/
  63. 63 http://flickr.com/groups/infrared-landscapes/
  64. 64 http://www.flickr.com/photos/b-thomas/sets/72157600234328627/detail/
  65. 65 http://flickr.com/groups/55027594@N00/
  66. 66 http://weburbanist.com/2008/10/30/7-colorful-creative-infrared-and-hdr-photographers-and-photography/
  67. 67 http://irbuzz.blogspot.com/
  68. 68 #
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Vailancio Rodrigues is a web ninja who bakes semantic muffins. Apart from that he is also interested in Motion Graphics, Visual Effects, Photography and knows little bit of Physics due to his college education . He is from Goa - a beautiful tropical paradise in India.

  1. 1

    Just beautiful! Its a cool technique and tons of fun to look at. Good stuff!

    ~Jason

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  2. 2

    These look great! Love the shots. Thanks for the collection!

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  3. 3

    cant believe this is all done without ps. i love the pic from danielle with the wolf on the right. sm you inspired me today, thank you

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    Bryce Driesenga

    January 11, 2009 9:43 pm

    Nice collection.

    @Tom – Not all is done without Photoshop, though, some are, and photos can turn out very nice without it.

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    (((~_~))) | Rishee

    January 11, 2009 10:16 pm

    WOw!……..gr8 Collections……..Loved all :-)

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  6. 6

    Excellent, try this similar one on LONG EXPOSURES:

    20 Long Exposure photographs that won’t fail to inspire

    Thanks all, love the site

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  7. 7

    Some of those are pretty nice shots. Thanx for the collection.

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  8. 8

    Wowwwwwww

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  9. 9

    AMAZING!

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  10. 10

    good sharing

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  11. 11

    Wow, that´s a good day start!!!!

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  12. 12

    Amazing Collection Vailancio… Thanks for sharing :)

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  13. 13

    As a web desiger with a passion for photography I love SM’s occasional dip into the imaging world – great stuff, and thank you!

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  14. 14

    Really nice shots….

    Might have to haev a play and see if I can get anything as interesting and individual as these. Great article SM.

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  15. 15

    amazing!

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  16. 16

    Just beautiful! Those people sure put some work in it.

    Michael
    Menedżer

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  17. 17

    I love the last photo. (trazy)

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  18. 18

    So great post , Really Sweeties Pictures Smashing Magazine , Thanks , love it

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  19. 19

    It’s a pity you only include one B&W pictures. Many times the results are far better than color infrared.

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  20. 20

    Thats a great collection, I love the image by Corrado Borean, it’s looks like an amazing place too! Thanks SM!

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