Infrared Photography of Haiku Stairs (Stairway To Heaven)

A few weeks ago I spotted the photography of Scott Sharick on Facebook and was fascinated by his work. Scott had his Nikon D80 converted to infrared to capture these shots. He is not using a lens filter, instead, the hot mirror filter (designed to pass visible light while blocking infrared and ultraviolet light) in front of the camera sensor in his D80 was physically removed, thus allowing for the capture of infrared light. The results are staggering and very different from typical, non-infrared photographs.

For this collection of photographs, Scott took his converted D80 up Haiku Stairs, also known as the Stairway to Heaven. The infrared coupled with the black & white conversion provides a perspectives of the stairs unlike what is usually seen. Personally, I dig it. Check out Scott Sharick’s Flickr to see more of his work.

The stairs looking over the windward side of Oahu. Photo by Scott Sharick.

The stairs looking over the windward side of Oahu. Photo by Scott Sharick.

The beginning of the climb up takes you through jungle surroundings. Photo by Scott Sharick.

The beginning of the climb up takes you through jungle surroundings. Photo by Scott Sharick.

H3 snakes through the valley far below the stairway. Photo by Scott Sharick.

H3 snakes through the valley far below the stairway. Photo by Scott Sharick.

There is no where to go but up! Photo by Scott Sharick.

There is no where to go but up! Photo by Scott Sharick.

The view from about halfway up the stairs. Photo by Scott Sharick.

The view from about halfway up the stairs. Photo by Scott Sharick.

H3 makes its way out of the Ko'olau Mountains through the Tetsuo Harano Tunnels. Photo by Scott Sharick.

H3 makes its way out of the Ko’olau Mountains through the Tetsuo Harano Tunnels. Photo by Scott Sharick.

3,922 steps take you to the top of the Ko'olau Mountains. Photo by Scott Sharick.

3,922 steps take you to the top of the Ko’olau Mountains. Photo by Scott Sharick.

Haiku Valley is split by H3 far below the Haiku Stairs. Photo by Scott Sharick.

Haiku Valley is split by H3 far below the Haiku Stairs. Photo by Scott Sharick.

Haiku Valley and H3. Photo by Scott Sharick.

Haiku Valley and H3. Photo by Scott Sharick.

Finally up at the top! Photo by Scott Sharick.

Finally up at the top! Photo by Scott Sharick.

The Pacific Ocean in the distance beyond Kaneohe. Photo by Scott Sharick.

The Pacific Ocean in the distance beyond Kaneohe. Photo by Scott Sharick.

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