Infrared Photography - Morning thunderstorm forming near by

in photography •  last month 

While checking out the trails and walking around a large lake at Fort Mountain State Park I observed a thunderstorm off in the distance.

It was a few miles away and if I stuck around it probably would have been over on top of me within a few hours. It was the morning, shortly after the park opened.


Camera ModelLumix GH3, modified by LifePixel for Full Spectrum
LensOlympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12mm-50mm
Filter720nm Infrared Passthrough filter
Shutter Speed1/320 sec
Film Speed200
SpectrumInfrared (IR)
Wavelength720 nanometers
LocationFort Mountain State Park Georgia USA.


There were many trees on the lake, blocking the view of the sky. A little bit of a tree in the corner of this photo.


The morning sun was scattered across the water, and little ripples on the lake as the current moved.


I could hear thunder coming from these clouds, quite mild by the time it reached me but still was noticeable on the quiet lake.

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I take pictures with a special camera. Its a Mirrorless DSLR that has been modified by Life Pixel to see light in other wavelengths. This allows my camera to see light in the Infrared [IR] around 1300 NM wavelength, through the visual spectrum and into the Ultraviolet A and B wavelengths roughly into the 300 NM wavelength.

I carry many filters on me to make the photos you see in my blog, these filters screw on my lens and help me isolate certain wavelengths for certain scenes. These filters can be IR / UV pass-through filters to assist me get a natural photo taking out the UV and IR light. Or I may use a Infrared pass-through filter capture just IR light. I can do the same with UV light as well, though I need some better filters which they can cost a few hundred dollars for true Ultraviolet pass through filters. So for right now I have B + W 403 bandpass filters that still allow some IR light in, due to their cheaper material.

There are also exotic glasses made of sapphire and germanium I am open to working with to replace my silica glass hot mirror with a material that allows even longer wavelengths of infrared to enter my cameras sensor. Special sensors, lenses and filters of that material would be needed as well, so it would be a big project but one that may give some even more unique photography results.

Addresses below to help me buy better camera equipment and support me to travel to locations to do photo and video and overall great blogs in new places. I would be happy to list some of the contributors in my posts for donations that help me along the way.


For more information on how I do my photography I have a short video on that:

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the clouds looks great

@o4wx they sure do, I love the IR look of sky and clouds.

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Excellent photography there wonderful scenes

@cityslicker thank you, I am quite amazed with how they came out. Just makes me wanna do more photography with it.

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Wow - fantastic cloud photos! Your full spectrum work is very cool.

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@sagesigma thanks alot, I found out about full spectrum cameras from ghost hunting TV shows. I have not done much with them in that aspect, but I am using it alot for nature photography.

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Ok, I was going to ask you that to, as I've seen full spectrum cameras on a few shows too. Have you ever captured anything anomalous in your work?

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@sagesigma yeah while up on a roof I caught an invisible light flying way off in the distance. It traveled around 180 degrees across the horizon at a slow steady pace, it flickered when looked up close. It was not visible to my eyes but I could see it in the camera video. It may be a satellite, but I really dont know for sure.

Yeah, im not surprised. I wouldn't be surprised if it was some type of craft, terrestrial or otherwise. I really need to get a similar type of full spectrum setup to start looking for stuff like this too. I've heard of some crazy things seen near me on the Mississippi River, but no one films it. I have no idea what bit is, but it's fascinating subject matter.

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Amazing photos there @solominer it is just good to look at images in many types of spectrum like infrared.
I wonder if some smartphoes are capable of it?

@cryptopie yeah it's pretty cool how I can isolate wavelenghs of light using screw on filters.. it changes the scene drastically.

Yes you can, you would need to remove hot mirror from the lens of the smart phone camera. Hope your smartphone can adjust the white balence as it will change after removing the hot mirror.

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Great photos!

@ludmila.kyriakou thanks much

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Absolutely amazing with the infrared camera! I'm sure the clouds would have been cool with a regular camera, but this is stunning!

@goat-girlz thanks alot, yeah probably but everyone is already doing that.. hah

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