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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 Frost5416

Infrared Photo17

Corrado Borean18

Infrared Photo19

Daniella T20

Infrared Photo21

Cavagna Ottavio22

Infrared Photo23

Bruna Marchioro

Infrared Photo

Infrared Photo

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

Infrared Photo24

Roie Galitz
This photo is titled “The Fisherman”.

Infrared Photo

the dreaming tree25

Infrared Photo26

Steve Castle27

Infrared Photo28

Musin Yohan29

Infrared Photo30

18mm31

Infrared Photo32

Almazroa33

Infrared Photo34

NASA35
“An infrared image of Saturn’s northern region shows a luminous aurora with the planet’s mottled rings below.”

Infrared Photo36

Daniella T.37

Infrared Photo38

Frank Brauner39

Infrared Photo40

Infrared Photo41

Guto42

Infrared Photo43

Infrared-IR44

Infrared Photo45

Scott Pruett46

Infrared Photo47

Otit48

Infrared Photo

Infrared Photo49

Gilad50

Infrared Photo51

Romulo Lubachesky

Infrared Photo

Infrared Photo

Infrared Photo

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Licht

Infrared Photo

Infrared Photo

Dave Deluria52

Infrared Photo53

Last Click Link

Naomi Frost5416

Infrared Photo55

ec808x56

Infrared Photo57

Trazy58

Infrared Photo59

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://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/image/0606/m31-irac_f.jpg
  25. 25 http://flickr.com/people/the-dreaming-tree/
  26. 26 http://flickr.com/photos/the-dreaming-tree/2896316967/
  27. 27 http://www.flickr.com/photos/stevecastle/
  28. 28 http://www.flickr.com/photos/stevecastle/2562171530/
  29. 29 http://photo.net/photodb/user?user_id=3526551
  30. 30 http://photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=6711486
  31. 31 http://flickr.com/photos/cwilliamson/sets/343973/
  32. 32 http://flickr.com/photos/cwilliamson/53668834/
  33. 33 http://flickr.com/photos/almazroa/
  34. 34 http://flickr.com/photos/almazroa/2779576634/
  35. 35 http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/11/081112142129.htm
  36. 36 http://io9.com/5086683/mysterious-infrared-aurora-glows-at-saturns-north-pole
  37. 37 http://www.pbase.com/zylen/image/11519979
  38. 38 http://www.pbase.com/zylen/image/11519979
  39. 39 http://www.flickr.com/photos/28i/2503383212/
  40. 40 http://www.flickr.com/photos/28i/2455728561/in/set-72157604825966973/
  41. 41 http://www.flickr.com/photos/28i/2822623680/in/set-72157604825966973/
  42. 42 http://www.flickr.com/photos/ghuto/
  43. 43 http://www.flickr.com/photos/ghuto/341989181/
  44. 44 http://www.flickr.com/photos/b-thomas/
  45. 45 http://www.flickr.com/photos/b-thomas/514873534/in/set-72157600234328627/
  46. 46 http://photo.net/photodb/user?user_id=407170
  47. 47 http://photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=2413733
  48. 48 http://flickr.com/photos/88251752@N00/
  49. 49 http://flickr.com/photos/88251752@N00/1072350692/
  50. 50 http://gilad.deviantart.com/
  51. 51 http://gilad.deviantart.com/art/Final-Destination-54532212
  52. 52 http://www.flickr.com/people/davedeluria/
  53. 53 http://www.flickr.com/photos/davedeluria/342420896/
  54. 54 http://www.flickr.com/photos/naomifrost/sets/72157603769539292/
  55. 55 http://www.flickr.com/photos/naomifrost/2214099490/in/set-72157603769539292/
  56. 56 http://www.flickr.com/people/static808/
  57. 57 http://www.flickr.com/photos/static808/202562458/in/set-72057594133922787/
  58. 58 http://www.flickr.com/photos/artsyscience/sets/1115298/
  59. 59 http://www.flickr.com/photos/artsyscience/154130385/
  60. 60 http://www.flickr.com/groups/11964211@N00/pool/
  61. 61 http://www.photoshopessentials.com/photo-effects/infrared-photo/
  62. 62 http://flickr.com/groups/infrared-landscapes/
  63. 63 http://www.flickr.com/photos/b-thomas/sets/72157600234328627/detail/
  64. 64 http://flickr.com/groups/55027594@N00/
  65. 65 http://weburbanist.com/2008/10/30/7-colorful-creative-infrared-and-hdr-photographers-and-photography/
  66. 66 http://irbuzz.blogspot.com/
  67. 67 #
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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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