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Guest post: Infrared photography in Yellowstone National Park

By Simon Weir


I started 2014 leading a workshop in Yellowstone National Park for Chris Weston‘s safari company “Magic Is” – I am now working regularly with them as a group leader and instructor.

Yellowstone in winter turned out to be an IR photographers paradise and my IR modified X-E1 with the 14mm did great service as the images below show. This camera blows me away every time I use it and there was a great deal of interest from the 12 photographers in the group – so much so that I ended up doing a full presentation on Infrared photography one evening while we were there.  My X-Pro1 and the XF55-200 also did good service as shown in the two bison shots at the bottom of this post.

Also pleased to report that both Fuji cameras worked faultlessly down to temperatures as low as -30C – even the batteries held out really well.

Here’s a selection of shots from the IR modified X-E1 using the XF14mm lens:


The following 2 shots were taken on the standard X-Pro1 and converted to B&W in Silver Effex Pro2:

Taken on the standard X-Pro1 and converted to B&W in Silver Effex Pro2

Taken on the standard X-Pro1 and converted to B&W in Silver Effex Pro2

About Simon

Simon Weir specialises in photographing live performance (particularly classical music), contextual portraiture and nature. To see more of his work, check out his website

95 comments on “Guest post: Infrared photography in Yellowstone National Park

  1. Infared was one of the two things I missed most when I converted to digital (Nikon); the other was my Bronica twin lens reflex camera (no digital back for that…). I’d almost forgotten how beautiful IR images are. Wonderful post, and congrats on being Freshly Pressed.

  2. Reblogged this on The Weird and the Wonderful: Reblogged and commented:
    Beautiful, after writing an essay about the landscapes here reflected in Art from the early colonization its uncanny how similar these are in dramatic quality.

  3. brianhaugen

    very cool, in the photo sense, thanks for posting

  4. Stunning photos. Yellowstone is magical as it is in person…your shots made it seem even more so. Thank you for sharing!

  5. Reblogged this on wordistryinc's Blog and commented:
    I just had to share these stunning photos of Yellowstone in the wintertime. It really is a magical place…these photos emphasize that.

  6. Beautiful. I have always wanted to modify a camera to do infrared. Maybe someday. This just makes me want to do it more!

  7. Such wonderfully shot images! It’s great to see photographs that inspire and evoke a strong emotional response. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Stunning photos. Nature is incredible.

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  11. Stunning! Thanks for capturing these images and sharing them with others.

  12. Reblogged this on A Wayfarer's Musings and commented:
    I chose to reblog this because of the amazing, museum quality pictures. I used to go to Yellowstone every summer when I was a child. The blog post by Simon Weir is fantastic.

  13. Reblogged this on Finding Peace and Health and commented:
    I enjoy looking at these photos, they carry me to another place like a good book does.

  14. Outstanding! Yellowstone is one of my favorite places on the planet.

  15. Reblogged this on Life…Camera…ACTION!!! and commented:
    Great IR photography!

  16. An incredible series of photos, you have taken a special place and made it magical. Beautiful work.

  17. Amazing stuff! 🙂
    Keep up the great work for us all to enjoy!
    Thank you! 🙂


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  19. Wow, some incredible captures here! Bravo.

  20. marycheshier

    Wow, what amazing pics!!! And bless my luck, of Yellowstone. I was born real close to the park in Wyoming. Thanks so much for sharing!

  21. marycheshier

    Reblogged this on How 2 Be Green and commented:
    Amazing pics!!!!

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  28. Hi Simon,
    Great pictures!
    What kind of modification was done with the Fuji? And which company was involved?
    Thx a lot!