Plants in the garden - Infrared Photography

in #photography4 months ago

With spring time upon us, plants are leafing out and growing as fast as they can. In Georgia our spring starts early, usually in March. So they already have a great headstart on the season. I took some pictures with my modified camera, it can see better in the ultraviolet and infrared wavelenghs. I attach filters to my camera which isolate different wavelenghs, these are in the 720 nanometer range. The first picture is of an Autumn fern, its producing spores under its leaves and with some luck they will start new ferns.

Camera ModelLumix GH3, modified by LifePixel for Full Spectrum
LensOlympus MSC ED M. 60mm Macro lens
Filter720nm Infrared Passthrough filter
Aperturef/5
Shutter Speed1/320 sec
Film Speed400
SpectrumInfrared (IR)
Wavelength720 nanometers
LocationNorth Georgia USA.


The Holly bushes are busy growing as well, bright white reflecting infrared radiation giving them that appearance.

The strawberry plants popping up out of the soil, reaching towards the sun trying to get more light.

Minnie Royal Cherry tree with fresh growth on it. The branches do not reflect infrared light giving them a more dull look. But the leaves are reflecting alot of the light, a sign of a healthy plant.

Here is an Akebia vine, it is a vine and will try to grow up on anything it can. Reaching out for any object to gain more space for the leaves to grow.

In the tropical area of the garden, its mostly shaded. But the Autumn ferns and other plants there do not mind. They prefer part shade.

A Hosta plant, showing bright white reflecting IR radiation. Its variegated leaves cannot be seen in this wavelength.

These plants are very hardy, I can plant them and forget about them and they seem to do well regardless of where they are placed.

Japanese Andromeda plant also known as a Pieris. This is a new plant, only a year old. But seems to be doing okay and has fresh growth on it.

Lastly a Camilla plant, also planted last year and seems to be doing well. I was worried about it last summer, but this year it seems to have a good hold on its enviroment.


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.

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