Infrared Light Painting

You could say that this was one of those images that nearly didn’t happen. I last worked with Lelly 6 months ago during her pregnancy – you’ll find the image we took then, Mother and Daughter, in the Pregnancy gallery – and I’ve been meaning to shoot her again ever since.

So we arranged a preliminary date for a shoot, and, despite the myriad conveniences of modern communication, managed to miss each other repeatedly until the morning of the proposed shoot. Tip for mac users: AdiumX eats offline MSN messages. We did, thanks to Lelly, manage to get things sorted in the end, and spent a couple of hours shooting with the infrared Nikon. At the end of the shoot, with no particular plan in mind, I decided it would be a good idea to see how light painting worked in infrared. This was the result. Good things come to those who wait.

3 Comments on “Infrared Light Painting

  1. Exactly like Michael Currin, I had this idea, and googled it to see what can ben expected from using an infrared lens filter with light-painting. Very beautiful work! I’m going to give a try soon, maybe adding stop-motion to the mix.

  2. Hi, I stumbled upon your image searching for infra light painting, since I thought about the concept and wondered if it was possible. This shot looks amazing. Although the lighting is unevenly bright in places, it looks like it was underwater.
    The pale quality of the infrared light for this makes it look ghostly but peaceful.

    I want to take a long exposure of friends waving around infra-red tv remote controls instead of a mobile phone or a torch. Do you reckon it’s bright enough to pick it up at low ISO? What infra red tool did you use for you photo and how many seconds did it take?

    I use a D90 by the way.

    • @Michael, The camera I use has been converted to record only infrared. Your D90 has a low-pass filter over the CCD that will block most infrared light, so light from a TV remote is unlikely to be bright enough to record an image. This image was lit with a Duracell Explorer flashlight, with an exposure of around 30 seconds or so.

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