If you've been aware of the world of science the last 50 years, you know what infrared means — a section of the light spectrum that senses and displays heat. Everyone from your local police department to the Predator has used it for various objectives over the past half a century.
But a Polish photographer named Przemyslaw Kruk has taken infrared use to a whole new arena lately, using an infrared filter on his camera to take hauntingly beautiful photos of landscapes in his native country, according to a report from Bored Panda.
Kruk's visual curiosity captures, top, a naturally flocked scene of trees and, above, a gorgeous mix of beauty and isolation. Below, a storm looms, while the images of Polish fields deliver depth and majesty to the eye.
Time to add a trip to Poland to the bucket list!
So what makes an infrared lens do what it does? The answer lies in the fact that digital camera sensors can "see" infrared light, unlike our own eyes, according to What Digital Camera. Picking up these extra bands of light allows the filter to reduce contrast and pick up unnatural tones of color, such as turning green trees to white and dark skies to an otherworldly blue.
For Kruk, using the filter was the chance to showcase the stark beauty of his home country. He told Bored Panda: "I am amateur of landscape photography. Since over 20 years I have photographed scene of nature which I was seeing on my way. Photo camera is my best friend and inseparable companion of my journey — the small one and the biggest trips, when I am spending time on waiting for the best light."