Infrared Photography

For years I have been wanting to destroy a perfectly good brand new camera to modify it to shoot in full spectrum.  To shoot in "Full Spectrum" means that I needed to modify the camera to remove the internal filters that removed the Infrared (IR) and Ultra Violet (UV) filters.  Then I need to put new filters on the camera lens to block out all the light except IR or UV.  Thus, no visible light is able to pass through the camera and only the IR or UV light waves will touch the sensor.

Below is some of the test images from Devils Tower in Wyoming and the Black Hills in South Dakota.  
To help give some perspective on the work of the new project, the first image is a side by side with the color still in the image on the left and the gray-scale on the right. All of the green vegetation shows up as white due to the IR wave reflecting off the plants.

The images below are from Devils Tower, WY.  All shot in IR in the evening.

The following images were shot in IR in the Black Hills and Badlands of South Dakota.

The image below is overlooking Deadwood, SD from the cemetery on the hill.

The last two images are from the Badlands in western South Dakota.

7/14/2014 Minneapolis, MN Cold Temps B-Roll

Unseasonably cold weather blankets the midwest today with lunch time temps in the Twin Cities only in the Upper 50s with highs in the lower 60s for the day.  It feels more like an Early October day then the middle of July.

Footage shot around Lake Calhoun and Lake Harriet in Minneapolis, MN.

Clip 1 Skyline shot over the water from Lake Calhoun

Clip 2 Bank thermometer showing at 11am it was only 55F outside

Clip 3 Group of women walking around Lake Calhoun and one is adjusting her sweater while another is wearing a jacket and a scarf in the chilly temps.

Clip 4 Woman walking her dog and looking really chilly

Clip 5 Two women waling to their car and walk in front of a Detour Ahead sign while looking chilly

Clip 6 - 7 The south beach of Lake Calhoun which would normally be packed this time of day in the middle of July, is totally empty.

Clip 8 Man riding a bike towards the camera.

Clip 9 People on roller blades looking chilly

Clip 10 Man on a bike wearing long sleeves

Clip 11 Woman walking her dogs looking cold

Clip 12 Two women walking looking cold

Clip 13 Woman walking in the rose garden at Lake Harriett with a fleece coat on.

Clip 14 Woman with her kids taking photos in the rose garden.  Everyone's wearing a coat.

Clip 15 Man with his dog in the rose garden and a woman takes his photo. 

Clip 16 A sign in the road garden saying Count Only The Sunny Days

Clip 17 Fountain in the park with clouds rolling by

Clip 18 Man walking towards the camera with a coat on

Clip 19 Two women in the rose garden checking out the flowers but wearing coats to stay warm.

Clip 20 Couple walking towards the camera.

Clip 21 To women walking towards the camera.

Clip 22 Man walking towards the camera.

Clip 23 To women roller bladding towards the camera.

Clip 24 Woman in all black walking toward the camera.

7/9/2014 Infrared Lightning Photography test run

I finally did it, I took a perfectly good brand new HDSLR camera and hacked it for use in the full spectrum photography.  I'm been wanting to do this for a while now and now to document storms in the Near Infrared and Ultra Violet light.

Here is the test video I shot in eastern Colorado before returning home for a family emergency.   The lightning is a lot more visible in the daylight in the Infrared with the storm then it was to the naked eye.

6/28/2014 Saint Paul, MN Flash Flooding & Heavy Rain B-Roll

Today was a little soggy for the weather but it was a fun local video run with the flash flooding in Saint Paul, MN.
Kellogg Blvd. under highway 52 turned into a lake for about a half hour as the water rapidly filled the roadway.  I also shot some footage around the Downtown Saint Paul airport and a lot of B-Roll around Harriet Island that is now part of the Mississippi River.

6/21/2014 Mt. Rushmore And South Dakota Badlands Lightning B-Roll

Last weekend, (yes I'm working on getting my blog updated) we were out in western South Dakota to go explore the Bad Lands and Mount Rushmore. 

Just like the God Father.  I was not chasing but just when I was out on vacation, the weather pulls me back in. 

6/182/014 Tornado that tracked from Alpena, SD to just southwest of Huron, SD

Today was one of those days you live for as a chasers.  I was able to make it out to South Dakota to chase today and got on the tornado that formed near Alpena, SD and tracked all the way up to just southwest of Huron, SD.

From what I can tell, the torando did not hit any towns or homes, just farm fields and tree's.  As a chaser, this is the perfect tornado because they form over an area that does very little impact to personal property.  The worst damage I saw was roofing shingles torn off and powerlines down. 

Here is a photo from today.

Here is the video from today.

Time to make the long drive home and get some much needed sleep.

Busy day on the road.

Wow, that was a pretty extreme day on the road  running  the desk from the field but I did not miss a beat.  Lots of tornado footage from my crews including a world first live stream from Ben of Twin Tornadoes on The Weather Channel in Nebraska. 
All of the video is on our youtube channel at

I did not make it down to Nebraska but I did cover the storms around Southwest Minnesota.  I got under what I think was a Micro-burst. 

6/8/2014 Saint Cloud, MN Aurora Borealis - Northern Lights

Just a little something from this morning after the moon set before the morning civil twilight when the Auroras were dancing in the sky.

Ahhhhh life...

I know I said I was going to update my blog a lot more then I have, yeah well, been busy with work and putting all my energy and time towards the facebook pages, the social media sites, the other stuff and life. 

I'm going to be working on a site overhaul this summer with more stock photos and video stuff.  Until then, I'll try to get more updates about what I have been up to.

Saturday I was woken up with the calls about thunderstorms and flooding.  Yes, it has been flooding a bit here in Central Minnesota. 

Here is some footage I shot around Albany, MN.

45 hours in a SUV to drive across the country and it

Ok just getting caught up on the personal blog about what has been happening in the last month.  Winter is finally over but I think we will have one more major winter storm in northern Minnesota before the end of this month. 

Ben and I survived the road trip across the country and we set the record for being the first to live stream across the United States of America and to live stream across the USA on Youtube Live.  It took 45 hours from Time Square in NYC with non stop driving to Venice Beach Pier in California.

It is a freaking cool idea, the next road trip I plan on doing will not be non stop.  Seriously, we need a break at night to get some sleep and rest up. 

California was cool to visit again.  I made the trip to Malibu to the world famous El Matador Beach to chill out for a few hour's before making the long drive back home.   Here is a photo that I wanted to do the last time I was out there with Bill Reid but never had a chance to do.  Cross this one off the bucket list.
 El Matador Beach Cave photo.

Right now I'm enjoying the down time to get caught up on paperwork and work stuff.  I need a vacation from the vacation...

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