When visiting the forests in the early morning, the sun is on one side of the trail, and sometimes it shines through just right along with the haze in the air and a visible ray appears.
Camera Model Lumix GH3, modified by LifePixel for Full Spectrum Lens Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12mm-50mm Filter 850nm Infrared Passthrough filter Aperture f/3.5 Shutter Speed 1/100 sec Film Speed 1600 Spectrum Infrared (IR) Wavelength 850 nanometers Location Wildcat Creek Campground, Georgia USA.
Just slightly off to one side or the other and the ray cannot be seen, being blocked by a trunk of a tree or something else.
Looking straight up many trees form a canopy that protects us from the sunlight. Many layers of trees, and all different shapes and sizes.
Most of the large trees do not have lower branches, instead jetting up into the canopy to get to direct sunlight as soon as they are large enough.
Sometimes the trees will grow at strange angles, to curve and twist around trees to get to the light. Growing so close together its common for the trees to have to play a game of "twister" getting up to the tree tops.
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I take pictures with a special camera. Its a Mirrorless DSLR that has been modified by Life Pixel to see light in other wavelengths. This allows my camera to see light in the Infrared [IR] around 1300 NM wavelength, through the visual spectrum and into the Ultraviolet A and B wavelengths roughly into the 300 NM wavelength.
I carry many filters on me to make the photos you see in my blog, these filters screw on my lens and help me isolate certain wavelengths for certain scenes. These filters can be IR / UV pass-through filters to assist me get a natural photo taking out the UV and IR light. Or I may use a Infrared pass-through filter capture just IR light. I can do the same with UV light as well, though I need some better filters which they can cost a few hundred dollars for true Ultraviolet pass through filters. So for right now I have B + W 403 bandpass filters that still allow some IR light in, due to their cheaper material.
There are also exotic glasses made of sapphire and germanium I am open to working with to replace my silica glass hot mirror with a material that allows even longer wavelengths of infrared to enter my cameras sensor. Special sensors, lenses and filters of that material would be needed as well, so it would be a big project but one that may give some even more unique photography results.
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