Saline County, Missouri, is one of my favorite locations for rural photography. I found this old tow truck behind an abandoned farmhouse. The late afternoon sunlight was raking the side of the vehicle which sat in a patch of overgrown prairie grass under a big shade tree. I decided to use my infrared converted Canon 5D Mark II camera to take a few pictures. I had the camera converted to infrared by a company called LifePixel. I paid them to switch my camera to their Standard IR format which mimics a 720mm infrared filter. Having a converted camera makes it much easier to shoot infrared photos because you can use short exposure times. The older method of shooting infrared photos involves attaching a filter to the front of your lens, which blocks visible light and allows only infrared wavelengths to pass through. But this method requires long exposure times, which means you can’t shoot handheld photos. When shooting summer landscapes with an infrared camera, you use the green in the foliage as the white balance point. As a result, everything green as a snow-white effect which creates a magical landscape scene.

The photograph was taken with a LifePixel infrared converted (Standard IR) Canon EOS 5D Mark II camera with a Canon EF17-40mm f/4L USM lens at ƒ7.1 with a 1/80-second exposure at ISO 100. The processing was done with Canon Digital Photo Professional and Adobe Lightroom CC.

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