This is a great advantage of Infrared Photography. You can shot in harsh light and still get nice color pictures (using one the techniques explained in these articles) or nice black and white pictures.
We think that outside of the golden hours we should sleep or edit pictures. This is not true of Infrared Photography. Near infrared light are bouncing everywhere and shadows are not blocked anymore. You should notice when taking picture using a modified camera for Infrared Photography that you need to over expose compared with the standard reading of your metering system. The IR filter is blocking the direct lights of the visible wavelengths, hence reducing contrast.
Infrared Photography is great in harsh light.
In fact, relying on your metering system could be very disappointing. Most infrared photographer use live view to expose correctly. Instead of measuring light that is bouncing from the mirror, live view reads light that is really getting to the sensor.
I took this picture in full sun. Since I used the Infrared Filter from Hoya on my lens, this picture is just like any picture taken with a standard Infrared Filter on the sensor. Since this filter block all visible light, focusing, framing and metering could only be done through live view.
Even though I took this picture in full sun, contrast is good and there are ample details in the shadow. I have added some contrast in post processing to improve on the original picture.
As you can see, there is no need to go sleep while the sun is high in the sky. You can continue to shoot in great light. Should you dislike the Infrared Photography look on the left side, just shoot for Black and White.
About you, Do you intend to experiment with Infrared Photography?
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