Infra-Red

What is infrared?


WIKIPEDIA (2017) Robert W. Wood. [Online Image] Available from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_W._Wood#/media/File:Robert_Williams_Wood.png [Last Accessed: March 2017].

A key practitioner of Infrared photography is recognised as Robert W. Wood (1868-1955) as noted by Wikipedia (2017) Wood was American inventor and physicist who is considered to be the ‘Father of both infrared and ultraviolet photography’ (Wikipedia, 2017). Intrigued by the idea of optics and the witnessing of a ‘rare glowing aurora’ (Wikipedia, 2017) this propelled Wood’s belief that the effect must have been as a result of ‘invisible rays’. (Wikipedia, 2017)

Interested in the subject, Wood studied various degrees, producing photographs of infrared and ultraviolet qualities; it would be in 1903 which saw Wood develop a filter which would be opaque to visible light however transparant to that of UV (ultraviolet) and IR (Infrared).


What does an Infrared filter look like?

Hoya Infrared Glass Filter
BHPHOTOVIDEO. (2017).  Hoya 77mm R72 Infrared Filter. [Online Image] Available from: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/122481-REG/Hoya_B77RM72_77mm_RM72_Infrared_Glass.html [Last Accessed: MArch 2017].

What types of results can you obtain with this filter?

Here are some examples of my own photographic practice using infrared Hoya [R72] Infrared filter; in my opinion this method is a highly rewarding one, due to the long exposures and not having the ability to view the subject in the viewfinder or LCD display, all compositions are composed prior to the filter being placed onto the camera.

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Reference list:

WIKIPEDIA. (2017). Robert W. Wood. [Online] Available from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_W._Wood [Last Accessed: March 2017].

Bibliography:

ROBERT W. WOOD: PHOTOGRAPHING THE INVISIBLE, DEBUNKING THE INCREDIBLE. (2017). Robert W. Wood: Photographing the invisible, debunking the incredible. [Online] Available from: http://boole.stanford.edu/Wood/ [Last Accessed: March 2017].

WIKIPEDIA. (2017). Robert W. Wood. [Online] Available from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_W._Wood [Last Accessed: March 2017].