Silent Sunday – Port Arthur in Infrared

Silent Sunday - Port Arthur in Infrared

While planning yet another trip to Tasmania I thought the infrared photos I took in Port Arthur might be good for Silent Sunday today. Infrared does have a quietness.

Silent Sunday – Port Arthur in Infrared

On my last trip to Tasmania I took a long my infrared camera. I was surprised at how much I really enjoyed using it as we wandered around the state.

In the past, I’ve not been one for black and white images. Though that is what infrared ultimately ends up being. However, everywhere I went I took both cameras and photographed everything in colour and infrared. When it came time to processing the images I was always surprised at how much more I liked the strange look of the IR.

This was most definitely the case at Port Arthur. This is now a museum, I guess you would call it. Once a penal settlement for convicts that had been transported to Australia. It has an interesting history and very much a part of the history of Australia.

We don’t learn a lot about our history in school. I know I didn’t and neither did my children. When I was at University the first time I did a history subject that covered the whole convict past. It was so interesting.


The day we were there I used both cameras, but when I got back at the end of the day I couldn’t stop looking at the infrared ones. There is something about how it portrays the landscape. I’ve spoken about this before, how I love the winter look it gives. It seems more so with Port Arthur, like a cold place in hell. Which is what I’m sure it was for many people who were there.

Here is a selection of images from that visit to Port Arthur. They are all infrared images. I hope you can see why I was attracted to them.

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  1. I have no idea what the color photos look like, but these in IR are wonderful. They look almost 3-dimensional. Is that what IR does to a photo?

    1. Thank you Lois, really it just makes things that are alive look different. It doesn’t do a lot to things like rocks, but plants is a very different story.

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