It's time again to profile another club member and their photography so it falls on me to showcase the work of George Evans and his passion for infrared photography. George has been a member of Hoylake Photographic Society for three years taking up photography in 2004 with a Sony F717 bridge camera. Sony have always had a reputation as a company that innovates and the popular Sony F717 fitted that description having a swivel body, preceding the tilt able LCD screens now common on digital cameras. Another unusual feature of the Sony F717 was the "Nightshot" mode which allowed the user to see and shoot in near blackness but it didn't take owners long to realise that if you put an R72 infrared filter on the lens you could take daytime infrared photographs.
|Sony F717 at Bodnant Gardens in Wales|
|The Eden Project in Cornwall|
Because "Nightshot" mode took photos at the cameras flash speed of 1/60 sec, owners could take very acceptable infrared photographs hand held using the R72 filter.
Infrared light is invisible to the human eye and reflects off different surfaces in different degrees of brightness resulting in foliage turning white with hard surfaces grey or black. Water doesn't reflect infrared light so is also black. It's quite normal to capture landscapes of black skies with white clouds.
|Ness Gardens Rockery|
The conversion of a camera to infrared opened up new possibilities for George and the photograph above of Ness Gardens taken during January 2010 was one of his first images straight from camera with minimal post processing. The ability to shoot hand held with the full functions of the camera, with any f-stop and shutter speed and to use almost any lens opened up a world of creative opportunities for George.
|Natural History Museum, London|
It's still amazing how much infrared light can be found indoors and the photograph of the Natural History Museum is a prime example.
Taken hand held as soon as the doors were opened in the morning with a Carl Zeiss 16-80mm f3.5-4.5 lens wide open and braced against a pillar, the lack of strong infrared light has resulted in a loss of sharpness but produced an image resembling a pencil drawing.
Likewise, the lack of strong sunlight in Scotland while on holiday in 2011 is the norm but has resulted in a moody image heavy on the mid tones with no clipping of the light and dark areas.
The photograph of Glen Affric below is a good example of shooting infrared under cloudy conditions.
|Glen Affric in Scotland|
So where does the future lie for George and his infrared photography. Keen to push the boundaries George has plenty of scope for experimentation. A large part of the fun of infrared is the creativity that post processing can add to an image and he's searching for ways to add to the creativity of infrared. Different lenses also give different effects and George has recently added the Samyang 8mm fisheye to his list of lenses and was able to shoot into the early morning sun to capture the photograph below of cottages at St. Bartholomews Church in Thurstaston. Infrared cameras are very prone to flare and can't be used with the sun in front of the camera but the fisheye is very forgiving and allows for this type of shot.
|Morning Has Broken|
|Burton Mere Wetlands|
If you want to see more of George's infrared photographs then why not visit his website at
George W Evans Photography or come along to one of our club meetings and talk to the photographer himself.
Hoylake Photographic Society has a membership of all abilities and photographic interests. If you're interested in club photography and want to improve your skills or just socialise with people with a common interest in photography then why not visit out website to view our program of events and guest speakers. Club nights are every Friday, 7.30pm - 10 pm at Newton Village Hall, Grange Cross Lane, West Kirby.