Infrared photography isn’t just for soldiers or police, it also gives photographers a tool for capturing what is normally unseen. A strong case in point is photographer, artist and Tron title designer GMUNK, aka Bradley G. Munkowitz. He trekked to Alaska’s Tracy Arm Fjord last summer with a modified Fujifilm X-T1 IR full-spectrum camera in hand, transforming the already-dramatic landscape into a psychedelic exoplanet.
“InfraMunk vs Tracy Arm Fjord” was shot from a small boat that plied the 30-mile-long, ice-covered inlet on Alaska’s west coast, adjacent to northern British Columbia. His X-T1 IR’s infrared capability was further enhanced with LifePixel “Super-Color” Infrared filters and vintage, manual-focus Nikon lenses. The results, he said were “some fiercely psychedelic and experimental palettes that portrayed the scenery in an entirely new light.”
Because foliage reflects infrared light much like snow reflects visible light, trees, grass and plants tend to turn a white or pink color. At the same time, the spectrum can cut through haze and turn water a profoundly dark hue, yielding ghostly, extrawordly scenes.