A Venture into Infrared Imagery- Part 2

August 01, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

For the second part of the continuation of the previous blog 'A Venture into Infrared Imagery' I'm going to share more Infrared images I took during my trip to the Lake District. I visited several locations during the trip and I found the Lake District is ideal for infrared photography.

Wast Water

One of my favourite locations in the Lake District is Wast Water. One of the reasons is because it feels remote and what the Lake District should feel like. It is also close to the B&B where I stay so it's a location I can easily revisit. Recently it was named 'Britain's Favourite View', the wider view down the lake towards Great Gable and Lingmell is one of the most well known in the Lake District. On recent visits I've been trying to capture something a little different to the classic view. I love the 70-200 to 'zoom in' to pick out sections of the landscapes. At Wast Water it works well, even to the point where there are many compositions that don't even include the lake. The Hoya R72 infrared filter works very well with the Nikon 70-200 f2.8 VRII, I've not seen any signs of any hotspots.

Yewbarrow and Great GableYewbarrow and Great GableYewbarrow and Great Gable at Wast Water.

Yewbarrow and Great Gable. Nikon D750 & 70-200 f2.8 VRII @ 165mm.

Changing light on Lingmell at Wast WaterChanging light on Lingmell at Wast WaterChanging light on Lingmell at Wast Water.

Lingmell. Nikon D750 & 70-200 f2.8 VRII @ 145mm.

D75_2812-Edit-2D75_2812-Edit-2 Wast Water-the view towards Great Gable. Nikon D750 & 70-200 f2.8 VRII @ 116mm.

Yew Tree Tarn

Yew Tree Tarn is a small lake beside the A593 between Coniston and Ambleside. I've driven past this small tarn on a number of occasions and always thought about visiting. The tarn is lined with trees on the far side and is ideal of high contrast infrared images. Although the Hoya R72 filter means long exposures are needed the time can be spent watching the trout jumping out of the water catching the flies. 

Yew Tree TarnYew Tree TarnInfrared image of Yew Tree Tarn, the Lake District.

Yew Tree Tarn. Nikon D750 & 24-120mm f4 @ 50mm.

Millers Bridge

Millers Bridge is a small picturesque stone bridge located at the far end of the park in Ambleside. It is quite similar to Clappersgate bridge but in a busier setting. Pedestrians walking across the bridge are not a problem as the long exposures mean they are not visible in the resulting images.


Millers Brigde, Ambleside. Nikon D750 & 24-120 f4 @ 28mm.

Hardknott & Wrynose Pass

Hardknott Pass is a narrow winding road between Eskdale and Duddon valley, its not one for the faint heart or anyone of a nervous disposition. The road is steep, narrow and windy reaching a height of 393m. Wrynose Pass has excellent views of Hardknott Pass. There is one problem with a scene like this, it has very little contrast throughout the frame so is quite bland as an infrared image. 


View towards Hardknott Pass from the top of Wrynose Pass. Nikon D750 & 24-120 f4 @ 98mm.


I find I'm drawn towards Infrared photography, it does open up more opportunities during landscape trips too. It's definitely something I'm going to continue to trial during the summer months. The high contrast black and white images are something I like about infrared. This trip was a good learning point, not all scenes suit infrared so its a case of trying it in the right locations.


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