For the last few years I’ve been taking an infrared converted DSLR camera (where the IR cut filter that is over the sensor has been replaced by an IR pass filter allowing the sensor to become fully sensitive to infrared light) along on my trips. There are several different filters you can choose from when you send your camera in for IR conversion. Mine is the 850NM, which is essentially a high contrast, black & white filter. Foliage is rendered white and blue skies turn grey to black depending on the level of blue. You need to set a custom white balance in order to achieve the effect but you only need to do this once. Aside from the pleasing effect it produces, the other major reason I like to use an IR converted camera is that it allows you to continue shooting during the middle of the day when ordinarily, if the sun is out, the light pretty much prohibits any kind of meaningfully productive photography. The bottom line is that it’s a lot of fun especially as you never quite know the exact effect you will get until you check the playback. This recent image of a herd of elephants in Kenya’s Masai Mara reserve was taken at around 11am. I really wanted to include the foreground trees as I knew the IR filter would render them a funky white color and giving the appearance almost of cherry blossom. The deep blue sky would turn black which would help increase the contrast with the tree foliage. The tricky bit was pressing the shutter at just the right moment so that there would be some separation between the tree trunks and the elephants. Just about got the timing right.