Trying the Infrared Camera in the City

Yesterday morning I had to meet a friend in the city so we could do our subscription for Melbourne Theatre Company next year, and I figured, if I’m going in I may as well take the infrared camera with me to try out.

I know it works really well on plants, and does an amazing job with landscapes, but the test for me was architecture. What would happen to the buildings. I have to admit I really thought it would probably be all black or something, but I was pleasantly surprised.

The images end up looking like normal, well almost, black and white images. The camera does give a sepia tone, so I had to change them to black and white. It does open up possibilities I think and gives me more to think about.

There is something about them. They aren’t the same as your usual black and white, but I like the feeling of age or something that the images get.

Here is a selection of the ones I took yesterday around the city. I got off the train at Melbourne Central and wandered down through the lanes, streets and arcades to Sumner House, the home of Melbourne Theatre Company.

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  1. Hi, Leanne. I’ve been so curious about infrared cameras since I read about a reporter, Weegee, who used them in the 1940’s. His shots inside movie theaters are amazing! I love the texture and depth to these shots! Beautiful.

    1. I hope I can help with some of your curiousity Patti. They are very interesting, and it has been interesting to see what you can and can’t photograph with them. Thank you so much.

  2. Interesting comment section, as always. I, too, will be interested to hear more about infrared.
    I was also interesed in your images of Melbourne. I’ll be in NZ / Australia in just 5 months and need to get to planning. Most of my time will be in NZ, but I can’t not visit Australia when I’ll be so close.

    1. Thank you Laurie, I am surprised to see how many people are interested in infrared, I will have to start making more of an effort to write about it.
      How exciting, I really do hope you come to Melbourne, I would love to meet you and show you around my city. I agree, you can’t come to the southern hemisphere without coming. lol Feel free to email me.

  3. Great Leanne,the images look well balanced and have processed really well in black and white. I have an infra red camera too, and forget to take it out, look forward to your blogs on how you edit ect,

  4. Infrared photography is so new to me that I do not know what it is all about. Perhaps if you can spare a moment, Leanne, your followers would appreciate a post on this exciting new way of taking pictures.

    1. I will be explaining more, but I have to work it all out first, however, I do plan on sharing what I learn with it as I learn.

  5. Great images. The next time you post infrared images, can you explain the difference in the camera and how it affects the photos.Thanks!

    1. Thank you Anne, I wish I could, I can explain what I know, but I don’t know a lot at the moment, I have lots to learn.

    1. Thank you Robert, high praise, appreciate that. I agree, they have a weird quality, I am going to have to do more experimenting. You may find more emails in your inbox.

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