Wednesday, September 30, 2015

A Walk in an Alternate Reality with Infrared {New Braunfels and San Antonio Infrared Photography}

Some animals can see in the ultraviolet and infrared spectrum. That's amazing to imagine. Our eyes are made to see only the colors of the rainbow -- red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet. But on one end of that spectrum is ultraviolet and on the other end is infrared.

It's true that some flowers have much more complex detail in them than we can see with our eyes. But the creatures that feed on those plants or fertilize those plants see them totally different than our eyes see them. I found a cool demonstration here. There are some photos with a slider so you can see how humans see these object versus how certain animals see them.

The infrared camera can pick up subtle difference in fabrics and objects that appear to us as the same color. I see it usually in clothing. But it can also be seen seen in the environment. Foliage can appear in varying shades of white and flowers can reflect different patterns.

Today I wanted to showcase some of our infrared landscape images.

These first four images were taken at the old Aquarena Springs. It was once one of the most popular tourist attractions in the state. In these images it appears ghostly and dreamy. Sadly, the old Sky Spiral was torn down a few years ago and these images were probably one of the last ever taken of it. Students had a nasty habit of sneaking to the top and falling to their death so it was a danger.

Aquarena Springs sky spiral infrared

Aquarena Springs sky spiral infrared

The replica of the San Xavier mission is still there on the hillside. Hopefully, those hiking trails will be reopened some day.

San Xavier Mission replica infrared

San Xavier mission replica infrared

This is an image of the Red Brick Inn in Gruene.

Gruene River Inn infrared

This is probably my most favorite infrared image. It hangs on the wall outside my bedroom so I pass it every day. This was taken at the Very Large Array in New Mexico. on one of our cross country road trips. Jayme outdid himself on this one.

Very Large Array infrared

And this Monument Valley image is Jayme's favorite infrared image, which was taken on that very same road trip during a sandstorm. You can read more about that road trip on my previous blogs here and here, where I'll show you some visible light images that I took of these same locations.

Monument Valley Sandstorm infrared

This image was taken on another road trip, this time through D'Hanis, Texas. It's an amazing abandoned church that we love to stop at for photos from time to time. Here's my blog with some images in visible light.

D'Hanis church ruin infrared

This one is the back side of the Gruene Mansion Inn, a popular spot for photos.

The next five images were taken at Paradisus Punta Cana Resort in the Dominican Republic. We were there for a destination wedding -- which was amazing, I must add.

Paradisus Punta Cana Resort infrared

Paradisus Punta Cana Resort infrared

Paradisus Punta Cana Resort infrared

Paradisus Punta Cana Resort infrared

Paradisus Punta Cana Resort infrared

This is an image of the J.C. Kellam building on the campus of Texas State University.

J.C. Kellam building, Texas State University, infrared

And last, but certainly not least is an image of the famous Chicken Ranch in La Grange. This place is special to us because Jayme has been in the midst of writing a book about this place. You'll see me blog about this quite a bit more in the future because he has a contract in his hands as I write this to publish the book through a major publishing house. If you can't wait, we self-published Ghosts of the Chicken Ranch a couple of years ago to showcase our photography of the ruins. Both mine and Jayme's photography is featured in there, including some more infrared.

Chicken Ranch ruins infrared

Next I'm going to share some infrared images of weddings we've captured through the years.

Lisa On Location Photography

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