Infrared filters are known for creating weird, eerie, and haunting photos, no matter what you’re capturing. That is why taking a filter like that to an already creepy-looking place like the Chernobyl exclusion zone 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 plant disaster.

"It was a spontaneous decision," Vladimir told Bored Panda. "I was born in Belarus in 1986 (the same year that the Chernobyl disaster 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 on 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 nuclear energy 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 and making this photo series, 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 UV and Infrared 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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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
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3 years ago

I bow to my new mutant fox overlord.

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The Ghost Town Of Pripyat, Ukraine

The Ghost Town Of Pripyat, Ukraine

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Shruti Naik
Community Member
3 years ago

it really looks enchanting more than anything else.

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Butterflies And Flowers In The Forest, Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

Butterflies And Flowers In The Forest, Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

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Elise Mon
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3 years ago

looks dreamy

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A Lake Within The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

A Lake Within The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

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Heaven Scott
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3 years ago

wow......that is soooo beautiful

Arnbjörg Williams
Community Member
3 years ago

I want this picture on my wall! My ENTIRE wall

Jessica Chortkoff
Community Member
3 years ago

If there was this much life on Mars and Venus that would be pretty cool. The infrared filter is creating the effect. I wonder if the radiation shows up with this kind of filter?

Nara Campbell
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3 years ago

Beautiful, but deadly? Are radiation levels high?

Melissa Nunya
Community Member
3 years ago

Look up Chernobyl current status. It has a detailed answer ;)

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Pattie Kelly
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3 years ago

the land, the lake and the clouds all thanks to God's wonder

Pattie Kelly
Community Member
3 years ago

The land, the lake and the clouds all acts of Mother Nature (God)

Karen Duffy
Community Member
3 years ago

Wow ... Just wow!!!

Keri McDonough
Community Member
3 years ago

come ON HDR

Amanda Hunter
Community Member
3 years ago

Nature forgives.

Myxomatosis
Community Member
3 years ago

Sure... swim in that.. this was created to dump nuclear waste into. As runoff.

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Laura Perkinson
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3 years ago

Looks like a painting.

Phoebe The Great
Community Member
3 years ago

This is absolutely stunning. It kind of look like if the salt lake had a paranormal event.

Laura Zucchiatti
Community Member
3 years ago

Siiick *-*

Anna Bertane
Community Member
3 years ago

I just looove these colours!

Alexa B
Community Member
3 years ago

Stunning!

Jackie C.
Community Member
3 years ago

Like a fairy-tale setting

Miltos Ieremiadis
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3 years ago

just relax with photoshop guys,it is in russia after all,is not mars or venus

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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
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3 years 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.
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3 years 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
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3 years 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
Community Member
3 years 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.
Community Member
3 years ago

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

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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
Community Member
3 years ago

Looks like a big giant

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#11

“Duga” Radar System, Used As Part Of The Soviet Anti-Ballistic Missile Early-Warning Network

“Duga” Radar System, Used As Part Of The Soviet Anti-Ballistic Missile Early-Warning Network

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Elise Mon
Community Member
3 years ago

cool .. love the perspective

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#12

The Azure Swimming Pool In Pripyat, Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

The Azure Swimming Pool In Pripyat, Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

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Chelle Jones
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3 years ago

"The Tilted Pool of Chernobyl"

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#13

Abandoned Farm In Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

Abandoned Farm In Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

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Ed Bakker
Community Member
3 years ago

if you like this, you should play S.T.A.L.K.E.R. - Shadow of Chernobyl - you'll be walking right in these scenes!

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#14

The Nuclear Power Plant Sarcophagus, Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

The Nuclear Power Plant Sarcophagus, Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

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Kevin Loftus
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3 years ago

That's not the sarcophagus, Its the new safe confinement (NSC) structure which houses the sarcophagus so the whole reactor building can be taken apart safely.

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#15

A Trolleybus In One Of Chernobyl’s Scrapyards

A Trolleybus In One Of Chernobyl’s Scrapyards

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Ed Bakker
Community Member
3 years ago

if you like this, you should play S.T.A.L.K.E.R. - Shadow of Chernobyl - you'll be walking right in these scenes!

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