Infrared photography is typically used to create black and white pictures of landscapes that feature incredible detail, sometimes with a dreamlike glow. When infrared images are processed using film such as Kodak’s Aerochrome series however, the shot is reproduced with false-colour, where the reds, greens and blues are reversed. The result is a surreal scene where elements such as trees and foliage appear as a vibrant pink, which often looks like the photograph was taken on another planet! Digital photographs can be post-processed using a variety of methods that offer different looks, but the false-colour aesthetic is still a favourite among photographers. In today’s showcase I present a range of breathtaking examples of infrared photography with surreal colours.

Nowhere to run by Richard Mosse

Nowhere to run by Richard Mosse

Colonel Soleil’s Boys by Richard Mosse

Colonel Soleil's Boys by Richard Mosse

Men of Good Fortune by Richard Mosse

Men of Good Fortune by Richard Mosse

Annapurna Himalayan Range by Dorialusium

Annapurna Himalayan Range by Dorialusium

Annapurna Himalayan Range by Dorialusium

Annapurna Himalayan Range by Dorialusium

Annapurna Himalayan Range by Dorialusium

Annapurna Himalayan Range by Dorialusium

Morning Light by David Keochkerian

Morning Light by David Keochkerian

1xLIRght by David Keochkerian

1xLIRght by David Keochkerian

IReal by David Keochkerian

IReal by David Keochkerian

Infrared by Jack R. Seikaly

Infrared by Jack R. Seikaly

Infrared by Jack R. Seikaly

Infrared by Jack R. Seikaly

Infrared by Jack R. Seikaly

Infrared by Jack R. Seikaly

Philadelphia in IR by Bruce Wayne

Philadelphia in IR by Bruce Wayne

Boathouse Row by Bruce Wayne

Boathouse Row by Bruce Wayne

A Silence in Wonderland by Bruce Wayne

A Silence in Wonderland by Bruce Wayne

Infrared NYC by Paolo Pettigiani

Infrared NYC by Paolo Pettigiani

Infrared NYC by Paolo Pettigiani

Infrared NYC by Paolo Pettigiani

Infrared NYC by Paolo Pettigiani

Infrared NYC by Paolo Pettigiani

Downtown Day by Helios Spada

Downtown Day by Helios Spada

Rosado Pearl Park vy Helios Spada

Rosado Pearl Park vy Helios Spada

Lake Hotel by Helios Spada

Lake Hotel by Helios Spada

Infrared Korean Pavilion by La Vita a Bella

Infrared Korean Pavilion by La Vita a Bella

Infrared Pink SillyString Tree by La Vita a Bella

Infrared Pink SillyString Tree by La Vita a Bella

Infrared Secluded View by La Vita a Bella

Infrared Secluded View by La Vita a Bella

Drawbridge Castle Lichtenstein by MichiLauke

Drawbridge Castle Lichenstein by Michi Lauke

Summer in September by MichiLauke

Summer in September by MichiLauke

Tegeler Forest Berlin Infrared by MichiLauke

Tegeler Forest Berlin Infrared by MichiLauke

Abandoned House by Mugurelm

Abandoned House by Mugurelm

Spring Forest by Mugurelm

Spring Forest by Mugurelm

Pink Springtime by Mugurelm

Pink Springtime by Mugurelm

Infrared Trees by myINQI

Infrared Trees by myINQI

Yellow Trees by myINQI

Yellow Trees by myINQI

Trees Ekatachrome EIR Look by myINQI

Trees Ekatachrome EIR Look by myINQI

Pink Wonderland by Christopher Boyd Martin

Pink Wonderland by Christopher Boyd Martin

Pink Wonderland by Christopher Boyd Martin

Pink Wonderland by Christopher Boyd Martin

Gravesend Road by Christopher Boyd Martin

Gravesend Road by Christopher Boyd Martin

YosemitexIR by Ryan Berg

YosemitexIR by Ryan Berg

YosemitexIR by Ryan Berg

YosemitexIR by Ryan Berg

YosemitexIR by Ryan Berg

YosemitexIR by Ryan Berg

Guangzhou Tower by Bram BoG

Guangzhou Tower by Bram BoG

Wisdom Path by Bram BoG

Wisdom Path by Bram BoG

Old Phoenix City by Bram BoG

The Last Station by Halo DMC

The Last Station by Halo DMC

The Church by Halo DMC

The Church by Halo DMC

Colourful Life by Halo DMC

Colourful Life by Halo DMC

Paddycure by Lurza

Paddycure by Lurza

Ad-Vantage by Lurza

Ad-Vantage by Lurza

Infrazul by Lurza

Infrazul by Lurza

Wingless Pegasus by Rui Barreira

Wingless Pegasus by Rui Barreira

Endless Rover by Rui Barreira

Endless Rover by Rui Barreira

The Tree of Life by Rui Barreira

The Tree of Life by Rui Barreira

Ambiance Jurassienne by Alexandre Lachausse

Ambiance Jurassienne by Alexandre Lachausse

Solitude by Alexandre Lachausse

Solitude by Alexandre Lachausse

La Vie En Rose by Alexandre Lachausse

La Vie En Rose by Alexandre Lachausse

Infra Realism by Kate Ballis

Infra Realism by Kate Ballis

Infra Realism by Kate Ballis

Infra Realism by Kate Ballis

Infra Realism by Kate Ballis

Infra Realism by Kate Ballis

Insel Der Jugend by Sandro Martini

Insel Der Jugend by Sandro Martini

Ireland by Sandro Martini

Ireland by Sandro Martini

Berlin by Sandro Martini

Berlin by Sandro Martini

Infrared Color by Manish Mamtani

Infrared Color by Manish Mamtani

Infrared Color by Manish Mamtani

Infrared Color by Manish Mamtani

Infrared Color by Manish Mamtani

Infrared Color by Manish Mamtani

Bridge at Central Park by Aldo Altamirano

Bridge at Central Park by Aldo Altamirano

Central Park by Aldo Altamirano

Central Park by Aldo Altamirano

West Side by Aldo Altamirano

West Side by Aldo Altamirano

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  1. To answer Soham’s question, there is a few digital ways of re-creating authentic looking IR photography – both in colour and in B&W. PSDFILM has an IR package of 8 effects for Photoshop that emulate the analog films closely. They even include separate layers so you can have more control over your image and also include the different ISO FILM GRAIN patterns! I’ve been experimenting with them all last week and I’m liking what I see so far. You can view it here + other analog B&W, Slide, Color Negative, and Instant Films too….

    psdfilm.com/infrared-film-emulation-photoshop.html

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  2. They ARE beautiful! Wow! Is there a technique for creating this by any chance? LOL
    Thank you!

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  3. This is a very interesting web page and I have enjoyed reading many of the articles and posts contained on the website, keep up the good work and hope to read some more interesting content in the future.

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