Ethereal land­scapes

Vipul Che­jara uses his D5100 and an in­frared fil­ter to shoot his other-worldly im­ages

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Pho­tog­ra­phy was first in­tro­duced to me af­ter I had to cut back on my favourite hob­bies of paint­ing and cook­ing when I started a new job four years ago. I found tak­ing pho­to­graphs was not only re­lax­ing, but also helped me socialise away from the of­fice, and make new friends.

I think I’m able to shoot land­scapes quite well, but I’m still learn­ing how to shoot sin­gle-sub­ject im­ages, like soli­tary trees, with deep con­trast. I’m cur­rently us­ing a Nikon D5100, mostly with the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens, in com­bi­na­tion with a Hoya R72 In­frared fil­ter. Com­po­si­tion and con­trast are what I con­cen­trate on with my black-and-white im­ages. Adding a touch of in­frared deep­ens that con­trast in my im­ages. Shad­ows seem to go darker and the lights go lighter. Fo­cus­ing, how­ever, is the hard part. I have to deal with the very dark in­frared fil­ter. How can I get more artis­tic black-and-white im­ages through in­frared with sub­jects like trees, fields and so on, to make it a sig­na­ture style for my­self?


Vipul, you’ve done an ex­cel­lent job of cre­at­ing some ethereal in­frared land­scape pho­tos here. We es­pe­cially like your im­age above [01]. There’s a lot of space in the frame, and the omi­nous clouds add in­ter­est and drama. You’ve done well to frame the sub­ject in the bot­tom-right of the frame, too. How­ever, the brighter area of grass and shrubs to the left is a bit dis­tract­ing, and leads the eye away from the sub­ject. Ideally you want the hill­top to be the only thing that’s brightly lit. This means wait­ing for the clouds, and hop­ing that a shaft of light will hit the build­ings when ev­ery­thing else is in shadow. Your tree shot [02] is great as well, but the sky is a lit­tle flat. This would make a per­fect panoramic shot, and if you’d cropped out the hills on the left, it would have be­come more min­i­mal­is­tic – a style it looks like you’re al­most achiev­ing al­ready. We also really like the sim­ple crop and tight com­po­si­tion of the im­age above [03]. Keep it up!

02 Ladakh (top right) Nikon D5100, 18-55mm, 13 secs, f/8, ISO200

03 soli­tude (Above) Nikon D5100, Nikon AF-S DX 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II, 30 secs, f/5, ISO100

01 who said god was far away? Nikon D5100, Nikon AF-S DX 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II, 20 secs, f/10, ISO200

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