Thermal Portrait

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This is an actual thermal infrared portrait - probably the most exotic portrait I've created so far.

To make it, I used a thermal imager I got off eBay (at a price far below that of my D300 or D700). Originally, the thermal imager had a fixed focus of 5 meters, making it impractical for portraits. To fix this problem, I opened up the imager, sawed some parts off, and installed a focusing mechanism. It works perfectly now.

Of course, all thermal imagers (that I know of) have poor resolution. Mine has a resolution of 320X240, and even the best imagers, which cost more than many cars, are still limited to around 640X480. To overcome this limitation, I focused my imager super close, panned around the face, and stitched some of the resulting low-resolution images into something more tolerable and printable. I'm satisfied with the results, and I look forward to doing more thermal infrared portraits.

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  • Alex Rudinski

    Alex Rudinski said (9 Dec 2009):

    This is a fascinating concept, though I don't know if the style is best suited to portraiture. Have you attempted any landscapes? I'd love to talk more - PM?

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