Snake Creek Gap Trailhead - Infrared Photography

in #photography4 years ago (edited)

Before we embarked on our hike up into the Southern Appalachian Mountains I took some pictures of the trailhead using my infrared filters. I go into my bag, and choose the filter I want to use and in this case it was a 720 nanometer screw on filter.

It captures the tree leaves well and also adds a little color to the sky, the sign is not reflective but the plants sure are.


Camera Model

Lumix GH3, modified by LifePixel for Full Spectrum


Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12mm-50mm


720nm Infrared Passthrough filter



Shutter Speed

1/250 sec

Film Speed



Infrared (IR)


720 nanometers


LaFayette, Georgia USA.


This trail is over 160 miles, and travels into Alabama. We only walked on the trail for a few hours but many people through hike the area.


At the start of the trail there is a information board as well, with info on bear sightings or other important information.


The sky was partly cloudy, and with the parking lot so bare I could see most of the sky and part of an illuminated mountain off in the distance.


Off the highway you can see the Pinhoti trailhead sign, its pretty far into the woods so its easy to miss.


One more sky photo before we got to hiking, loving the clouds and infrared sky in the background.

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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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