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(IN)VISIBLE SPECTRUM

KLAUDIA RATZINGER

// Klaudia is an Austrian photographer with a passion for experimenting with different photographic processes. We present a selection of her stunning infrared landscape photography – Austrian landscapes made visible in a way the human eye cannot normally see it.

As a self-taught photographer Klaudia is always searching for new and old techniques to grow as a photographer and as an artist/creator. “My goal is to capture wonderful moments with my camera and to amaze people with my work,” she says.


“Always look beyond that you can see to widen your horizon.”

Klaudia Ratzinger


What draws you to the arts?

“Art in all varieties gives me inspiration to stay creative and make new art. Photography is my passion, and with my work I want to capture the beauty of life. On the other hand, art is my driving force to improve and to find new ways to express myself.”

What do you like best about producing infrared photos, such as the images you have shared with us?

“I love to dive into another world by capturing what our eyes are not able to see. The use of different filters allows me to be very creative in post processing of my pictures. I want to share with you a potpourri of amazing infrared results to „open“ your eyes for a different view of nature you normally not able to see in this way.

We continue our exploration of alternative photographic processes with a feature of very beautiful infrared landscapes. The human eye is only capable of perceiving a small range of wavelengths, the visible spectrum. Typically our eyes respond to wavelengths from about 385 to 750 nm (the numbers may vary per individual). Claudia was very curious to find out how to capture things beyond that visible spectrum. Fortunately photographers are able to take pictures in the UV spectrum and in the near infrared spectrum, although it takes some effort and special equipment.

Claudia explained that for the infrared spectrum one may use an infrared sensitive or a full spectrum camera, and filters for different wavelengths. With filters below 700 nm one can get colourful results for foliage, while with filters above 700 nm vegetation appears white, and blue sky, above 800 nm the sky is very dark. Foliage (tree leaves and grass) strongly reflects in the same way visible light is reflected from snow.

Using 550 nm filters can yield wonderful red or colourful foliage, but needs more post processing than pictures with white foliage done with the 720-950 nm filters. “Due to the white foliage my pictures have been misinterpreted several times because the white vegetation seemed to be snow for some people on a very quick view,” Klaudia adds.

We find these landscape images enthralling and highly captivating. Klaudia has managed to process them to yield expressionist views and at the same time very harmonious colour combinations. Here we can only show a small selection, but if you head to her website, you can find many additional beautiful examples of her infrared photo art.


Click on the photos to see a larger image with its title.

ALL IMAGES © KLAUDIA RATZINGER

To see more of her photography visit Klaudia´s website and her Instagram page (for infrared photography) and her second Instagram page (for other photography) .

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