South Humboldt Bay: Visible Light versus Infrared Light

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Most photographic images use the part of the light spectrum that most human beings can readily perceive. But there is also a type of photography that confines itself to a part of the light spectrum invisible to the human eye. When images are taken of the invisible part of the spectrum and then translated into something the eye can see, the result is something strange and unusual. Here are some samples of infrared images taken (mostly) from the southern end of Humboldt Bay area, compared with similar visible light images. First, we’ll begin with a couple of infrared images of a grass covered trail surrounded by a flooded marsh on one side and a slough at high tide on the other:

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Now a visible light photograph of basically the same scene:

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Two more infrared images:

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And a somewhat similar visible light photograph:

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More samples:

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Even more samples:

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And here’s one more comparison, this time of the Eel River, some miles south of Humboldt Bay:

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