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Images of a city illuminated by invisible light

Monday, May 11th, 2009

On Saturday, my wife and I did something we hadn’t done for a while: we went out with our cameras with the sole purpose of taking photos. We didn’t go far from home. We parked by Kirby park and took some photos there before walking across the Market Street Bridge and a little into downtown Wilkes-Barre. I am feeling a renewed interest in infrared photography, so I spent most of my time working on that. Note: in many of these photos, it looks almost as if the scene is blanketed in snow — that’s not the case. Foliage appears white in infrared photos.

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Wilkes-Barre sign

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Kirby Park

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Levee Trail

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Grass and sky

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Market Street Bridge

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Grass and clovers

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Obelisk

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Looking toward Wilkes-Barre

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Eagle gargoyle

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Looking toward Wilkes-Barre. In normal light, the Citizens Bank sign is green, and the Guard Center sign is blue.

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The abandoned Sterling Hotel

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Sterling Hotel

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Looking up at the Sterling

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Door

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Tyvek snaps in the wind

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A couple of other downtown buildings

After a while, I switched away from Infrared. I love the stylized images produced by the infrared shots, but the technique requires a lot of patience, a tripod, and trial-and-error. I wanted to walk around and do some freer hand-held shots.

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The same buildings again, in normal color

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Scratched wall in a dingy alley

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Plants growing out of a wall of the Sterling

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Citizens Bank and other buildings

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Masonic Temple / Fallout Shelter

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Another shot of the fallout shelter sign

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Brick patterns on the Masonic Temple

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Downtown

We really only covered the bridge and a couple of blocks of downtown. The city looks very cool in infrared, I’ll have to do more of this.

3 Responses to “Images of a city illuminated by invisible light”

  1. furiousBall Says:

    these are awesome dude, do you happen to have a hi-res version of the wall? i think i want to put a copy in a frame as a reminder of the climb i’ve got 🙂

  2. Marty Says:

    Love the infrared shots, but the true color ones are great, too. So, when are you making the trek a to NJ? Or perhaps I can convince you guys to head to Garret Mt in NJ?

  3. ScottM Says:

    Hey Michael — those infrared shots are very cool. Would love to see some trail ones… if you can carry the tripod. 🙂

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