Klaus Priebe is a Photographer and artist living in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He works in both Infrared and color, and his work is nothing short of stunning.
1. Welcome Klaus, How long have you been a photographer?
I have been enjoying photography for over 30 years now. I started my love for photography in high school when my grandpa bought me a 35mm camera. I lived across the street from the town photographer so I was able to spend a lot of time shooting and processing and printing BW film with him.
I started shooting IR film when I was around 20 when I moved to Denver and began working in pro photo labs. I always loved the magical look of IR film and it stuck on me. I shot mostly HIE 35mm film and a lot of the Kodak 120-2424 BW infrared film. After many years in the darkroom I had become very allergic to film chemistry and had to give up working with film. I was pretty depress that I couldn’t develop and print my own work anymore. Soon after this Kodak discontinued the wonderful film. Shortly after that I had my first digital camera converted to IR from Lifepixel. I really liked it but lacked some of the magic IR film offered. Loved the Halation look to film. With strides in processing programs in the next several years I came to embrace my love for IR photography all over again. I have had several cameras converted to IR and now use a Canon t4i with the Lifepixel deep infrared conversion.
One of my greatest achievements so far in photography was to win the 2013 National Geographic “Our Changing World” assignment. I am honored out of over 15,000 images the picked my “White Rim Storm” image. It was really exciting to see it published in the April 2014 issue of National Geographic magazine.
4. What do you like best about IR photography?
IR photography has no limits. I shoot IR in just about any type of lighting or situation. I use IR for more landscape work than anything else but do use it for studio work as well. I love the look and mood it gives me and for my landscape work which includes storm chasing during monsoon season here in the desert southwest. I shoot IR all year long and find it wonderful to shoot all year around. IR is such a wonderful tool to capture stormy weather. It brings out the drama of a storm much better than just the visible wavelengths of light. I find myself grabbing the IR body before the color DSLR most of the time and when the weather is bad the IR is great!
I have several projects that I am working on which include my summer monsoon in the southwest series and the “Ethereal” series which is all IR work containing several models in landscape settings. I hope to have this completed by the end of this summer. There are a couple of images from the series included here. The first being “Eternal Light” and the second being “Learning to Fly” I have several more that can be seen on my photo.net page or my Facebook artist page “Klaus Priebe Photographer & Artist.