All You Ever Wanted to Know About Digital UV and IR Photography, But Could Not Afford to Ask

11. Which Image?

When you set out to shoot images illuminated by invisible rays, you have to select some of the available options either before or during the shooting session. Your choices are dictated by and large from the spectral area of interest, and the filtration and lens(es) you have available for the shooting.

As indicated by the images below, you can get almost any visual rendition simply by shooting a scene with various filtration applied to the lens. Your imagination is the limit here. I find it useful to do test shooting of a typical motif in order to get insight into the nuances with regard to scene rendition. Sometimes nuances are subtle, at other times they are of other visual worlds. Only carefully conducted test shooting will teach you the foundation for applied UV/IR photography.

Visible rendition UV: FF + CC20C filters IR: 89B filter
With a digital camera, you can capture landscapes any way you want

All images shot with Nikon D1H, UV-Nikkor 105 mm f/4.5, 800 ISO

© Bjørn Rørslett/NN

That particular day, weather was cloudy and rainy, hardly conducive to IR photography. Still the "radiating" IR look is plainly visible. You won't get those jet black skies such days, though.

  U-360 filter Black E-6 film as a filter
All You Ever Wanted to Know about Digital UV and IR Photography, But Could Not Afford to Ask

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