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May Galleries

Following a huge number of submissions this month, I am closing the April Galleries a bit earlier than normal. The May Galleries are now open. Please let me know if you have problems submitting.

Also the New Member's Admissions are back to normal.


Gallery Folders

Lomo and Similar
Reference and Tutorials
Leucareth's Choice

Expert Member Folders


I have compiled a set of folders containing examples of work from some of our senior Expert Members. I hope that everyone will view these to see the range of styles, subject matter and quality of work that is possible in infrared and exposure technique photography.

Our good friend Michael MichiLauke is running a similar scheme at :iconr72: here ==>….

The list is likely to be updated from time to time.

agelisgeo ==>…

dewanggapratama ==>…

DimensionSeven ==>…

Enkased ==>…

helios-spada ==>…

hirza ==>…

Leucareth ==>…

MichiLauke ==>…

mIkeschwaRz ==>…

Phostructor ==>…

richardldixon ==>…

robpolder ==>…

The complete set of galleries can be found here ==>…, or by clicking on the Expert Members' Showcase Gallery Folder Tab in the main Gallery Folder.

Please take time to browse through the work of these photographers.

David aka Okavanga :iconokavanga:

April Folders


The March Folders are now closed and the April 2015 Folders are now open

Please let me know if there are any submission difficulties.




If there is anyone of the Expert Members interested in playing a more active role in the running of the Group as an Associate, please note me.




Members' Journals
Affiliate Submissions
Test Collection

Revesre Image Searching

I posted a Journal on my Home Page on this topic and I think all our members should take note of the methods described if they wish to check on their own images or are suspicious of images that they come across here.

Reverse Image SearchingReverse Image Searching
From time to time here on DeviantArt, I come across or am told about images that may not be the work of the artist or photographer who has posted them. Sometimes, I also find that my images turns up, without attribution, elsewhere on the Web. In the first case, posting work that is not yours without attribution is morally wrong, and in some cases is illegal. In the second instance, you have been the victim of art theft.
DA has a "Report this image" button on the display page of each image. If you find a dodgy work, you can click this and follow the menu of options to report your suspicions. I have done this on several occasions for works I know to have been filched from elsewhere, and nothing appears to have been done about it  the doubtful works are still displayed. On one occasion, I tackled the perpetrator, but to no avail  I was just blocked.
Often these dodgy deviants are highlighted by vigilant members who post Journals flagging the miscreant, an

I decided to check on some of my infrared images and found several on a site Further, one of our Expert Members, helios-spada has much of his work displayed and credited to the famous American photographer - helios-spada. Needless to say, he was not aware of this accolade.

I found IR photography to be very popular on this site with hosts of shots that thought I recognised. You may wish to check for yourselves to see if any of your works are there. If you find any, let me know and I'll post a list to the site asking for credit to be given.

Here are two links……



Affiliate News


A Gallery/Collection folder "Affiliate Submissions" has been created in the Favourites area for submissions from affiliate members. Such submissions are subject to a one vote acceptance/rejection. Images need NOT be directly related to infrared or extra-visible imaging as we are providing this feature to showcase our colleagues' work.

For affiliate members to submit, they would use the normal "Submit to Group" button on the image display page, followed by selecting Infrared-Club, followed by "Suggest to Group Favourites", selecting the "Affiliate Submissions" folder.
:iconfine-art-nudes: Fine-Art-Nudes :icontandemfeatures: TandemFeatures #Collaborations #TandemFeatures :icondevexposed: devExposed Photos using exposure techniques :iconstellar-landscapers: Stellar-Landscapers :iconextra-visible-images: Extra-Visible-Images :iconinfrared-people: Infrared-People InfraPeople :iconwhoneedscolour: WhoNeedsColour Tell me: Who? :iconnz-ir-hdr: NZ-IR-HDR :iconphotoseries: PhotoSeries :iconphoto-logic-sense: Photo-Logic-Sense Photography Techniques :iconcolorfulphotos: ColorfulPhotos :iconlove-nikon: Love-Nikon :iconnon-real: non-real non-real :iconindoinfrared: IndoInfrared Indonesian Infrared Photography :iconartworldtoday: ArtWorldToday Virtual First Friday Art Walk :iconhdrscapes: HDRscapes :iconstudio-28: Studio-28 Sharing the world around us! :iconabstract-and-surreal: Abstract-and-Surreal :iconinfrared-anonymous: Infrared-Anonymous :iconr72: r72 Infrared Photography Group


Following a recent poll which showed members were interested in having more tutorials, here is a list of current tutorials and discussions in the Infrared-Club (Extra-Visible Imaging) Group .

“How to take and postprocess infrared photos” by Francy-93 (Francesca)


Very good introduction and guide for newcomers.

“The Complete Color IR Tutorial Guide Walkthrough” by Vlue (Evan)


More detailed description of working and post-processing infrared images.

“Infrared color gradation” by Aerobozt (Goldy)


A Photoshop based tutorial on how to vary colour in IR photographs by gradients.

“Infrared Photography Preset” by comicidiot


Adobe Photoshop Lightroom preset for post-processing.

“IR Conversions and White Balance” by jythie


A more advanced description of filters and aspects of white balance.

“IR Workflow” by mIkeschwaRz


Excellent post-processing workflow, Photoshop based, but portable to other editing software.

“Canon 40D Conversion – Full Spectrum Imaging” by Okavanga


Some notes about starting out on full spectrum imaging.


Infrared and Google/Nik Silver Efex Pro 2

Journal Entry: Sun Apr 19, 2015, 6:32 AM
To finish off my series of recent infrared photographs, I present a few further shots worked up using the Google/Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 software, accessible via Adobe Lightroom. The post-processing workflow is to do basic adjustments in Lightroom - including any cropping, straightening and basic exposure adjustments, then to activate the Silver Efex Pro plugin, and to use appropriate features therein. The first three images below have been made using a film emulation - Kodak Tri-X 400TX Pro as their basis. This was a very popular medium to high contrast black and white film for many a year, and gives rich deep blacks and sharp whites. There is also a high degree of grain simulated in the digital version. Thus, what might appear to some uninitiated Group admin as unwanted and untreated noise from poor exposure is, in fact, meant to be there to add texture and impact.

  Infrared Trees by Okavanga   Infrared Tree and Sky by Okavanga   Infrared Trees and Track by Okavanga   

The second trio of images use a selenium tone to tint the images, and an edge burn technique that allows a degree of vignetting particularly in the top corners.

Kinky Tree by Okavanga   Infrared Hillside by Okavanga   Screel Infrared by Okavanga

In summary, six infrared photographs process using Adobe Lightroom and Google/Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 software to make monochrome images,with tints and with Kodak Tri-X 400TX film simulation.



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Long Exposure Infrared Photography

Journal Entry: Mon Apr 13, 2015, 11:07 PM
Some Infrared Photographic Observations - Long Exposure Photography

My friend Michael MichiLauke asked a few weeks ago what had happened to my infrared photography, as I had been posting very little work in this area. My Australian trip was mainly to blame as I did not take either of my IR cameras nor any other gear with me. However, I have been remedying this is in the last few weeks with some studies in my local Park, (the first image) and now with an extensive study of long exposure infrared photography in and around the burns and rivers near my cottage in Scotland.

Some Infrared Reflections 1 by Okavanga  "Some Infrared Reflections 1"   Victorian IR 3 Lake Wendouree Tree by Okavanga   "Victorian IR 3 Lake Wendouree Tree"

I have previously described two variations on infrared photography, modestly called the Okavanga Technique and the Okavanga Effect   The Okavanga Effect v2The infrared images below were taken only a few seconds apart and, with only one difference between them, they have been treated in post-processing in exactly the same way. Yet that single difference has caused the very substantial change in the character, colours, and tonality of the images, with bright yellow areas dominating the visual space. It is this that I call, rather immodestly, the Okavanga Effect.
The images have the following in common. A Canon 40D camera converted to full spectrum capabilities was used, fitted with an R72 infrared filter. The camera was tripod mounted. A custom white balance was employed, this having been obtained by shooting with the R72 filter in place against a standard grey card. Other than the R72 filter, no other filter was used. Light conditions were identical with the shots
  that I derived from using a Full Spectrum camera, my converted Canon 40D, with a 3 stop Cokin neutral density (ND) filter. In summary, the Cokin ND filter cuts out visible light, but not IR light. Thus, the IR component dominates the light hitting the sensors, and only very bright or intense coloured light, say from a blue sky, is visible in the image, see the second image. However, the Cokin ND filters use so-called "organic glass" (a plastic) with a "black" dye (a commercial secret) as the agent that stops visible light. I have now investigated what happens if a conventional glass ND filter is used. The result is simply stated: a conventional glass ND filter reduces both visible and IR light, and thus behaves differently from the Cokin filters. This has a very important consequence - it makes long exposure IR photography of moving objects possible. By long exposure, I mean exposure times from about 1/10 th second up to tens of seconds. The image, "Infrared Burns and Rivers 1", provides my first example. This is a 1 second exposure with a 10 stop filter a (Big Stoppa filter) fitted on top of an R72 filter on an EFS 18-55 mm Canon kit lens, a lens I have previously found to be very versatile for IR work. We see the long strands of the flowing water, as well as the "white" foliage associated with IR images.

Infrared Burns and Rivers 1 by Okavanga   "Infrared Burns and Rivers 1"   Infrared Burns and Rivers 2 by Okavanga   "Infrared Burns and Rivers 2"

The viewer may also note that this image is toned (selenium) and has high contrasts. This is because I have recently moved to using the Google/Nik Silver Efex Pro software… as a result of discussion in South Africa with my friend mikeloveridge. He uses "Tonality", monochrome software for the Mac,, regretably not available on Windows. However, the Silver Efex Pro provides similar functionality. What I have come to realise, and about time too some might say, is that the conventional capture of monochrome images and their subsequent processing by photo-editing software really does not emulate the traditional wet chemistry photographic films. Those were designed to give rich black tones and truncated white tones, thereby adding contrast and impact to the images. Software such as Silver Efex Pro allows emulation of a score or more of popular monochrome films along with several other tools to develop contrast and tones in images. I would be happy to explain details of what I do with interested parties.

The next few images show some further long exposure shots of burns and rivers made in a similar manner.

Infrared Burns and Rivers 3 by Okavanga "Infrared Burns and Rivers 3"  Infrared Burns and Rivers 4 by Okavanga   "Infrared Burns and Rivers 4"  

Infrared Burns and Rivers 5 by Okavanga  "Infrared Burns and Rivers 5" 

Infrared Burns and Rivers 6 by Okavanga  "Infrared Burns and Rivers 6"  Infrared Burns and Rivers 7 by Okavanga  "Infrared Burns and Rivers 7"

One further point needs to be made about these images. While the viewer is free to make up their mind as to whether the shots have any artistic or indeed photographic merit, they all represent not only highly contrasted visual images, but also examples of one of my favourite topics - Itten contrasts…. We have the contrast of the literally rock solid and immovable objects versus the flowing mobile water, the contrast of both of these inanimate elements with the living organic grasses, bushes, and trees, and all of these with the semi-permanent standing waves within the flowing water.

Many Thanks for your attention.



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This Group is for all photographers interested in infrared photography, UV photography and in exposure techniques such as HDR, long exposure, light painting and so on. that generate extra-visible images.
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The Group has expanded considerably from a few months ago, and with the expansion has come additional work running the Group. We have many able and talented members whose contributions have been recognised by becoming Expert Members.

However, I am now looking for (experienced) members to help out at the Associate level. This is the level where development of Groups occurs as well as the main day-to-day running. Ideally, I would like someone who has some experience of CSS to help develop a house style, and/or someone who could develop affiliations.

If ANY member (including Expert Members) is interested, please note me.

Many Thanks




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systemcat Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Professional General Artist
A request for active members of this group. I am soon going to own a camera that can do this form of photography. Now I'd love to learn by example of what is being posted here. Could some of you post non-software edited photos up? I'd like to set my expectations high of what I'll be able to do with my new camera, plain & simple :).
eprowe Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer

I have to plug my own web-site here,  If you mouse over the photos I publish there you will see the image before post processing.  Mind you I have a custom white balance already set in camera so that is one thing I don't have to worry about.  Hope that helps you out.
Okavanga Featured By Owner 6 days ago
An interesting request, Erin! Almost all IR photography has to have post-processing to overcome red or magenta casts that arise, and most photographers in this area also have their own styles, eg monochrome, that have involved post-processing. So, almost everything you see posted as a finished work has been edited one way or another. It just goes with the territory. Nevertheless, if you go to our References and Tutorials Gallery…, and hunt about, there are some examples of unedited images, and of other aspects of IR and full spectrum photography that will give an impression of what goes on.

What I suggest is that when you get your camera, take a few shots, and post them (we have an open acceptance policy - but note me and I'' make sure they are accepted) and we can help build up your skills from those. There is a bit of a learning curve, but having acquires some basic skills, you will soon be flying into the surreal world of IR.

NovalieT Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi :) Thank you for accepting me! :D (Big Grin) 
Okavanga Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015
Our pleasure - hope you will submit more work!


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