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Indoor and outdoor plants: infrared photography at the tropical houses, Botanical garden, Zurich

In February 2015 I will have the pleasure to lead a Science Trail (also) about infrared photography at the Botanical garden of Zürich. I took a first investigation on infrared light in the tropical houses of the botanical garden…

Click each picture to enjoy the patterns of indoor plants, greenhouse structures and outdoor twigs.

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The rich variety of plants reflect different infrared amounts

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Infrared light reflected by the fern trees in the main cupola

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Large leaves reflect high amounts of infrared light

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Infrared reflections in the underwood

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Infrared sunset at the tropical houses, botanical garden, Zürich

All pictures shot with D800 + 50 mm f/1.4 G

Posted by lorenzoborghi on November 22, 2014
5 Comments Post a comment
  1. 11/22/2014


    Love the pictures. They have an angelic look to them! The contrast within the shadows really accentuate the clarity of each shot. Very nice!


    • 11/24/2014

      Thank you Jim, nice to read you again! There was no wind In the greenhouse where I shot these pictures. Therefore I could work with long exposures and low ISO: the result is indeed very sharp for infrared photography.

  2. 11/5/2015

    Great photos Lorenzo – beautiful!

  3. 02/29/2020

    Some super IR shots – I have been experimenting for a year or so with Faux, and a 720nm filter + a Hitech 6stop IR filter –now awaiting imminent delivery of old DSLR converted to 850nm; look forward to further IR adventures!

    • 03/2/2020

      Thank you very much Gwendoline. I had a lot of fun with far-red shots but I did not dare to remove the IR filter from my camera. Maybe when it will get older I will give it a try. After plants and people in far-red shots I did not develop new ideas..your friendly comment pushes me to try for new things..let’s see. I wish you super IR adventures!


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