The Ethereal Landscape
I have always been drawn to black-and-white landscapes. I find simplicity, serenity, and a sense of timeless quality about them. I might have been influenced in my youth when I spent outside with my SLR film camera and Kodak Tri-X followed by time in the wet darkroom. By setting my digital cameras to capture images in black-and-white, I easily see form, shape, lines, and patterns. By removing the color, I am not distracted, overwhelmed, or influenced by it. Very quickly, I get to the essence of the scene before me.
Social media and the internet has become a visual incubator for me and at some point, a few years ago, I came across a black-and-white image taken somewhere in the southwest of what I now know to be red rocks. The blue sky was black, the red rocks were white and somewhere in the metadata was the word “infrared.” I thought it was my challenge when processing color images into black-and-white that seemed to never produce a jet-black sky. Turns out what I needed was, not more software but instead, a camera converted to capture the infrared spectrum of light. And thus began my love affair with making black-and-white infrared landscape images.
Contrary to popular thought of part-time infrared shooters (usually spring and summer when the foliage is green), I shoot infrared 99% of the time I am in the field. Every day brings a new experience in nature, as infrared can be a fickle muse.
Thank you for visiting my website – so that others may quickly and easily learn what took me years of trial and error (and lots of errors), I offer multiple-day location infrared workshops around the United States.
I am also available for seminars, conferences, and lectures with a focus on beginner- and intermediate-level infrared shooters or for those who want to explore infrared using a lens filter on your visible-light camera (before converting a camera to infrared). If you have any infrared questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me via my Contact page.