If I were to sum up Cindis style of Infrared photography with one word, it would be intense. Her images pull you in and tell a story.
1. Welcome Cindi, please tell us about yourself and your background
I am a photographer born and raised amongst the vineyards of Sonoma County, California. I do everything from landscape photography to urbex to weddings and portraiture.
2. How long have you been a photographer?
My first serious photos were taken just shy of 3 years ago with an iPhone, but it doesn’t take long for someone with a real love of imagery to fall off the mobile photo bandwagon, once they see what can be done with a proper DSLR and some patience for learning.
3. How long have you been shooting Infrared?
I started shooting IR about 3 months ago when, immersed and deeply interested in the haunting, ghostly images that infrared photography produces, bought myself a Hoya-72 IR filter for my Canon 5D-MKii. Soon after, having had a great deal of success with the filter, yet frustrated with the extreme exposure times, my boyfriend surprised me with a converted, dedicated IR camera, a Canon t2i.
4. What is your best photography achievement?
Last summer, I submitted 3 images into the Sonoma County Fair photography competition, and 2 of them were selected as Best in Show. Also, my infrared image of Rainbow Falls in Mammoth, CA, was published in National Geographic’s Daily Dozen, July 7, 2014.
5. What do like best about IR photography?
I enjoy the unpredictability of IR. You never know quite what you have until you get home, and through countless approaches to processing, it’s up to you to make it your own.
6. If you could pass on just one tip about IR, what would it be?
Learn Photoshop. Study every avenue that offers techniques on processing IR, especially in how to properly swap color channels. Instructional videos, You-Tube, blogs, etc. There are a multitude of ways to process IR, but learning the ins and outs of Photoshop or a comparable, sophisticated image-processing program is an absolute must.
7. Do you have any projects currently going you would like to discuss?
In the future, I’m looking forward to working on time-lapse and travel, working and exploring the places that are less often seen.
More of Cindis work can be seen here.