First week with a converted infrared camera. Photographs to share!

So this past Tuesday my color infrared converted Nikon D200 arrived in the mail from KEH. I couldn’t wait to get out and use it, and I shot every day last week with it. Today sadly is a dreary, grey, rainy afternoon in North Texas so I sit here trying to figure out how to better post process these images. Shooting and processing infrared images is a unique challenge.  Also had to face a few 100 degree weather, pop up showers, a scraped ankle, and poison ivy to capture these photographs.

Here are what I deem to be the best images from my days out photographing and exploring Ellis County in Texas last week and best represent “Texas” to me.

 

 

Dunn Rd. Railroad Crossing A beautiful summer's day in Waxahachie TX on a afternoon drive.
Dunn Rd. Railroad Crossing
A beautiful summer’s day in Waxahachie TX on a afternoon drive.

 

On a typical 90 degree Texas summer afternoon the clouds roll across the sky over the round hay bales and an old storage shed on a Rockett, TX farm.
Lyon Rd. Farmstead Rockett, TX
On a typical 90 degree Texas summer afternoon the clouds roll across the sky over the round hay bales and an old storage shed on a Rockett, TX farm.

 

The Texas prairie land travels as far as the eye can see in the afternoon sun on a hot summer day in Rockett, TX.
Farbar Rd. Prairie Land
The Texas prairie land travels as far as the eye can see in the afternoon sun on a hot summer day in Rockett, TX.

 

Cunningham Meadows A Dodge Charger moves quickly down a backroad in Ellis County Texas on a hot summer's afternoon while a farmer works in the field just off to the left of the image.
Cunningham Meadows
A Dodge Charger moves quickly down a backroad in Ellis County Texas on a hot summer’s afternoon while a farmer works in the field just off to the left of the image.
Lyon Rd. Rockett, TX
The clouds ripple across an afternoon sky in Rockett, TX on a summer’s afternoon at the entrance to the dead end Lyon Rd.
The fence marks the edge of the outfield on a baseball field next to Grove Creek Rd. in Waxahachie, TX.
Grove Creek Rd. Fence Line
The fence marks the edge of the outfield on a baseball field next to Grove Creek Rd. in Waxahachie, TX.

 

Youngblood Rd. Abandonment An abandoned home sits on the roadside next to Youngblood Rd. in Waxahachie, TX.
Youngblood Rd. Abandonment
An abandoned home sits on the roadside next to Youngblood Rd. in Waxahachie, TX.

 

'56 Chevy and Barn on Old Maypearl Rd. A aged and weathered barn sit next to Old Maypearl Rd. with a '56 Chevy in the driveway and farm equipment in the background.
’56 Chevy and Barn on Old Maypearl Rd.
A aged and weathered barn sit next to Old Maypearl Rd. with a ’56 Chevy in the driveway and farm equipment in the background.

 

The Dream World of Infrared Photography on a Summer’s Day in Maypearl, TX

I went out today with my D70 and an infrared filter and decided to play around a bit more with digital infrared photography. Infrared photography is always a finicky and tricky thing to do (especially well), whether it be film or digital. Most people find it hard to believe that this is how the images come straight out of the camera; no editing is needed to create these surreal images. The filter used for infrared photography simply blocks normal daylight (uv light) and only allows infrared light to pass through the camera’s lens and reach the digital sensor or film. Infrared filters are impossible to see through and make shooting a challenge as any framing has to be done before the filter can be put on the lens. The other challenge is that the focus plane of infrared photography is different than that of any other type of shooting. Most lenses have an extra dot, but it is still not precise and often needs adjusted to reach any kind of sharp focus. As with any digital shooting it is always much cheaper to experiment and try new things. I do still have some 35mm infrared film packed away to use at some point, but for now I am enjoying the ease of doing it on a digital camera. These are by no means exemplary, yet turned out better than expected. Infrared photographs create a dreamlike reality within the everyday world with the whites created from grass, leaves, and other plants. It makes an ordinary summer day seem like a world away in a place you only see in the deepest sleep. These photos are all taken in Maypearl, TX on a driving adventure I took today after the rain cleared and the sun came out (you really need bright sunlight to have effective infrared photos.

Classic Car and Old Barn Maypearl, TX
Maypearl Sunflower Field
Old Maypearl Road
Abandoned Waxahachie Train Bridge