Infrared filters are known for creating a weird, eerie mood in pictures, no matter what you’re capturing. That is why taking a filter like that to an already haunting-looking place like Chernobyl might make the scenery pictures you take look even more impressive. Photographer Vladimir Migutin did just that on his trip to the town in Ukraine that suffered the infamous nuclear disaster.


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"It was a spontaneous decision," Vladimir told Bored Panda. "I was born in Belarus in 1986 (the same year that the Chernobyl catastrophe occurred), at the age of 5 my family left the Soviet Union.I have bright memories of my early childhood, and I wanted to visit some places in Minsk, to see how it changed since, and meet few friends that live there. Then the idea to visit Chernobyl came to my mind. I’ve searched the internet for groups that visit this place and have a valid entrance License. I had found an Instructor and a group from Belarus that planned a trip in an adjacent date.

"The only challenge that people have while planning such a trip is their superstition - that this place is really dangerous. After digging for some information on the internet it turned out that it’s not that dangerous at all. We didn’t visit forbidden places where the radiation levels are lethal. In fact, the average radiation level during this trip was pretty same as the radiation level on a 10,000-meter flight."

"It's pretty hard to describe the atmosphere I had during this trip, but it's as if I was in a “kind of” paradise - a feeling I can't recall since my last visit to Kokedera (Moss temple in Japan) two years ago. We always hear praises of the might of mother nature, how it renders useless men creations and bearing life above the ruins. Well, it's something that is always felt, but never on such a huge scale, and this place IS the place for these contrasts. 30 years after the fallout, while men are still away, the forests, the animals, the plants, it felt like everything is thriving, revived by mother nature. A bit pathos, but I really felt this way."

"For the Infrared and UV photography, I’ve opened my camera and removed the hot-mirror filter (the one which blocks the IR and UV wavelengths), thus turning it to a “Full-Spectrum” camera. Then I’ve ordered IR-Pass and UV-Pass filters to set in front of the lens."

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#1 Simon – A Human-Friendly Fox, Whom Often Approaches Groups In The Exclusion Zone, Asking For Food

Simon – A Human-Friendly Fox, Whom Often Approaches Groups In The Exclusion Zone, Asking For Food

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Virgil Blue 7 months ago

I bow to my new mutant fox overlord.

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#2 The Ghost Town Of Pripyat, Ukraine

The Ghost Town Of Pripyat, Ukraine

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Hope Floats 7 months ago

"A ghost town" being reclaimed by trees..... 'Taken back by nature'..

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#3 Butterflies And Flowers In The Forest, Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

Butterflies And Flowers In The Forest, Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

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Elise Mon 7 months ago

looks dreamy

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#4 A Lake Within The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

A Lake Within The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

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Heaven Scott 7 months ago

wow......that is soooo beautiful

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#5 The Iconic 26 Meters Tall Ferris Wheel In Pripyat’s Amusement Park

The Iconic 26 Meters Tall Ferris Wheel In Pripyat’s Amusement Park

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I_AMAFACE 7 months ago

WHOA

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#6 The Monumental Trail With The Evacuated Villages’ Names On Either Side

The Monumental Trail With The Evacuated Villages’ Names On Either Side

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Jackie C. 7 months ago

Feels so awfully lonely

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#7 Bumper Cars In Pripyat’s Amusement Park

Bumper Cars In Pripyat’s Amusement Park

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LittleGrayMouse 7 months ago

It looks like a painting

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#8 The Rotting Grand Piano In The Concert Hall Of The Abandoned Town Of Pripyat

The Rotting Grand Piano In The Concert Hall Of The Abandoned Town Of Pripyat

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I_AMAFACE 7 months ago

This makes me feel sad for the piano.

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#9 Pripyat Sports Hall, Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

Pripyat Sports Hall, Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

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Jackie C. 7 months ago

Scene from a nightmare...but, there's a doggie

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#10 The Bucket (Machine Part) That Was Used To Clean The Roof Of The Failed Reactor After The Fallout, Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

The Bucket (Machine Part) That Was Used To Clean The Roof Of The Failed Reactor After The Fallout, Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

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HG Guy 7 months ago

Looks like a big giant

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