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Seeing infrared in Joshua Tree

On a recent visit to Los Angeles, I decided to take a solo road trip back to Joshua Tree National Park. The desert park was the staging ground for my first 5D Mark III shoot a couple years ago. This time I wanted to take my X-Pro1 for a real landscape shoot… albeit a relatively short one.

Shortly before I booked my tickets to LAX, my cousin Philip mentioned how much he liked some of my recent infrared photography. I think that’s when I decided that I would have to try out some out in Joshua Tree.

JTIR2

The first step was to buy additional filters for my lenses, especially my new favorite – the 23mm. Most of these were captured using the 35mm equivalent glass.

JTIR2

I processed all of these images in Lightroom 5 as well as in Photoshop. The images in the top left corners above are the least processed, the others were created with different settings ranging from basic Lightroom adjustments to channel mixer swaps in Photoshop. Below is an example of after-and-before channel swapping.

JTIR

As the first image in this post shows, one of the funnest things about infrared photography Рand the most challenging Рis what to do in post. There are a number of different approaches one can take. Here are a few of my other favorite shots. Obviously, each one of them was processed differently.

Red-Blue Swap

Lightroom IR

JT IR Alt

B&W IR

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