Fire in the sky...

Posted by
Jeffrey (Scottsdale, United States) on 15 November 2018 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Location: Scottsdale, AZ

Not literally, of course. However, during our Arizona summers, with the high temperatures that we often experience, it does sometimes feel as if the sky is on fire...

Yes, this is another infrared photo. Unless one sets a custom white balance ahead of the exposure, this is how the raw files look directly out of the camera. (Since it is possible to set the white balance after the exposure when one works with raw files instead of before the exposure, it really doesn't matter when this is done, except to the extent one relies on the image displayed on the LCD to set the exposure and not the histogram, because the red channel will typically clip before the green and blue channels, which isn't always obvious when such a strong red color cast is present.)

I generally process my IR photos with a significantly cooler color balance or even convert them to B&W, but one of the fun things about IR photos is there are no rules -- anything goes! -- and also no reason to maintain color fidelity to the original scene, because it's simply not possible when photographing with non-visible light.

A larger, higher-resolution version of this photo can be seen here: