I can see clearly now (thanks to IR)

Did you know that infrared light

Penetrates Haze?

Distant vistas, almost invisible in the haze,

Become clear with infrared

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Click to enlarge

Haze reduction through infrared

What a difference!

Dark areas near IR center are cloud shadows – (at the bottom right in the enlarged view)

Shenandoah Valley from Skyline Drive, Shenandoah NP

Top image – Nikon E5700 P&S

Bottom image – 35 seconds later

Same camera but screw-in IR filter added

The screw-in IR filter is opaque (can’t see a thing through it)

I took the top image without it

then, screwed it in and made the lower image

Shutter speed – 1/831 without, 1.40 with

Over 1000x longer (2000x since ISO was doubled)

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This is how I started in IR

An old P&S with a screw-in IR filter

Highly recommended as a great way to learn

The cons of this approach are

Opaque filter requires framing shot before attaching filter

Opaque filter requires shutter speeds longer than a second

Both of the above necessitate a tripod

But there is a big pro –

If you shoot the color version before doing the IR

You have both a color and an IR

That allows for all sorts of color & selective color fun

By layering the two versions

In the case of this image how about making a color version

With the detailed distance of the IR version

By layering & blending in PS

(Could be done better; didn’t want to take the time)

Top – IR + Color Blend in Photoshop

Bottom – Color as captured

Or – you can layer the IR above the color & erase portions of the IR to get selective color effects like this –

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