|Traditional IR photo. Ann Arbor, Michigan.|
I firmly believe that there are no "proper" IR photographs. IR light is by definition, invisible to our eye. The IR images we "see" in photos have all been converted to visible light photos by some arbitrary process. This conversion may be through chemically induced changes in a film emulsion or it may be the results of a bining algorithm used by your camera's image processor. If you look at the RGB histogram on the back of your camera, you will see that the processor has placed some of the incoming IR light into the blue and green bins even though these wavelengths are blocked by the IR filter. What is proper or natural about that?
|Cascade of light through the leaves. Ann Arbor, MI.|
The purpose of this little tirade is to point out that there is no "proper" way to present an infrared photograph. There is only what you like and dislike and what others like and dislike. This observation can be disconcerting or liberating, depending upon your disposition. Vive la Liberté! After all, who's going to know if you get the colors wrong?
|Tone-on-tone leaves against block wall. Ann Arbor, MI|
The second photo in this post is an image of the light streaming through the trees in my neighborhood. There was no channel swap. The leaves in the image are white, brown, and red. The background is a deep red. To me, the net effect is a cascade of light against a dark background. It is a busy photo but it made me happy.
|Crow silhouette. Ann Arbor, Michigan.|
The fourth image is a silhouette of a crow. This one got a channel swap but I used the sliders to make the leaves yellow and yellow-green. I thought this contrasted nicely with the black crow silhouette.
Infrared photography is especially well suited for artists who have moved beyond the mere taking of pictures into the realm of making pictures. I encourage you to make something happen in your infrared photography. No apologies. No excuses. No limits!