Infrared: Gathering Clouds Over the Cascades

After a few successful days Kokanee fishing we’d normally break camp and head for home with thunderstorms in the forecast, but this time we stayed to watch the gathering clouds. 

The “near” infrared (to distinguish it from “far” infrared or thermal imaging) is outside our visual range so you’re not always sure what you’re going to see in the photograph. Also, the heavy filter renders the viewfinder and exposure control useless so (with my kit) shooting infrared involves a lot of composition and exposure trial and error. I don’t recall seeing the patterns in the clouds when I took the shot and so it looks very different in infrared. Foliage also looks very different, leafy trees become very bright, like snow, in full light. Somthing about the wavelength being more penitrating and bringing out the density of the clouds, as well as the water contained in foliage. As I recall NASA uses it on their space probes to photograph / reveal the cloud layers of Saturn and Jupiter and the other planets of our solar system. 

Anyway, it’s an interesting technique and I’ll have to do more of it. 

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