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  1. crowecg

    Out and about in IR

    As mentioned in my other thread on the Laowa 65 macro, I'm finding it a nice lens for infrared. City IR - A view of Melbourne CBD from my regular spot on Studley Park Road. Airport IR - Melbourne Airport from Woodlands Park. Both shots unmodified Fuji X-E3, Laowa 65 and external R72 filter. And for comparison, the airport shot in standard colour, visible spectrum. Airport IR 2
  2. crowecg

    Out of Sight

    Another theme for a recent outing - getting back into IR. IR-Fuji I've played about with IR a bit in the past, but never actually got around to getting a camera converted. Early efforts were using a Nikon D50 with 18-55 zoom and a R72 filter. IR Nikon D50 - 1 Perhaps I was just lucky, but that combination worked moderately well, shutter speeds were manageable - almost hand holdable at times in the bright Australian sun, which also was enough to allow autofocus. Metering was also pretty close when the sun was out, drifting into slight under-exposure as the sun levels dropped. IR Nikon D50 - 2 The camera also allowed setting of crazy white balances, such as using a red object to set the custom white balance, so it was sometimes possible to get interesting images in straight out of camera jpegs. At the time I was processing using Apple's Aperture software which also allowed colour adjustments way out of the normal range, such as telling it red was blue, without the need to make separations and channel swaps. The only difficulty with the D50 was that once the IR filter was in place there was no way to see the image until you had taken the shot. After that expected improvements just didn't materialise. I moved on to a Nikon D7000 as my main camera. At first, I thought this would be a big improvement - I'd get much higher usable ISO values and live view so I could properly compose my shot. Unfortunately Nikon had also significantly improved the IR cut filter, so I needed the higher ISO just to stay the same. White balance could now be dialled in as a temperature value bu the range was limited to 2500-10000K and the custom white balance wouldn't go outside that range either. IR Nikon D7000 There were other problems too - the 18-105 that came with the camera would hot spot, (the vignetting in the above image is due to using a too small filter) and the metering was terrible due to light leaking through the viewfinder (although a viewfinder cover was provided, which helped a little if I remembered to use it). If I was to continue shooting IR, I was going to have to modify a camera. An opportunity came along - fire sale pricing on Nikon 1 models and I picked up a J1 with the intention of getting that modified. Unfortunately, or perhaps fortunately I didn't get around to it as I found the small size of the J1 great for just having with me when the outing wasn't photo focussed. That eventually lead to another move - going mirrorless with a Fuji X-E3. With even greater ISO and the IS capabilities of the Fuji lenses, hand held IR was once again an option. However, there were still problems Fuji Hotspot A number of the lenses I have are big hot-spotters and they all have very different filter ring sizes. The 55-200 is rumoured to be quite a good IR performer, but my filter is too small for it. The 18-55 and 27/2.8 have terrible hotspot behaviour. Additionally shooting unmodified means shooting a very narrow band between the IR cut of the internal filter and the R72 meaning the interesting colours just aren't there, so it is pretty much and B&W only setup (although that does help hide the hotspot). The metering seems reasonably close, but it's easy enough to play around as it is always a live preview and the autofocus seems to cope too. I really should just get around to modifying a camera - probably another Fuji model. I'll need to find some IR suitable lenses - a lot of the primes sound good as well as the 18-135. Given that the Fuji lenses are all over the place in regard to filter sizes, I'm also tempted by STC Optics Clip Filters that squeeze into the throat of the camera behind the lens (unfortunately the are currently out of stock on the 720nm IR filter for Fuji, but I will try one at some point. They also do a range of other filters such as ND and astro filters in the same style). If anyone has tried them, I'd certainly like to hear your thoughts. The demise of Aperture also created problems. My main image processor is now Capture 1 and the colour adjustments in that are much more tightly controlled. Whilst there is a similar looking colour wheel tool for colour editing, it just doesn't allow you to swap the colours so far out of range as Aperture did. So further experiments will be needed with software as well as hardware. Feel free to add your IR experiences below.
  3. Greg Drawbaugh

    Micro 4/3 Converted IR Camera

    I have a spare micro 4/3 body that no longer sees service, a Panasonic GX-7. I was looking at having it converted to an IR camera by https://www.lifepixel.com/ Does anyone else have any experience with a converted Micro 4/3 body and lenses shooting IR? Which conversion do you go with, the standard IR? My goal is to have some fun and explore an area of photography I have never tried before, and the redundant body with little resale value seemed like a good choice to try?
  4. Guest

    Black Cat In Red

    Taken with D200IR with 7x0 nm filter Werner
  5. Marco Lanciani

    Infrared Panorama of Rome

    My old Nikon D80 is now converted to IR 830. This is my first IR image... actually an IR panorama. 1 It was taken a few days ago from the "Passeggiata del Gianicolo", near a lighthouse, where you can have a nice view over Rome and its surrounding mountains in the background... clearly visible in IR; not so in visible light. The NEF was developed and converted to BW in Lr; some extra editing, punch and contrast, was done in Nik Silver Efex.
  6. otoien

    The Queens Route, Northern Norway

    These three IR images were shot on hike of the Queens Route in Vesterålen, Northern Norway in August. The hike goes from Nyksund under the mountains along the sea, then reaching the fishing village Stø, it ascends up on an narrow mountain ridge back towards Nyksund. It was a day where light and fog was changing the whole time: The humanoid by the sea: #1: Fog lifting for a moment: #2 Weather drawing up? #3
  7. Guest


    Back from two weeks visiting the Loire Valley, partly on our bicycles. This was taken in the wonderful gardens of the castle of Villandry, with my IR modified D80.
  8. hi first time poster, long time reader: i am an amateur photographer in NYC (D7100) looking for some advice: i recently came in to possession a WWII artifact that belonged to my grandfather, Mordka Topel: after he was liberated from the Flossenburg Concentration Camp in April of 1945- he stayed in a barn in the nearby town- and left a camp-issued vessel (or pot) there. after almost 70 years, we were able to identify and reunite it with my family the problem i have is the 'etching' that he performed has worn off. the bottom sketch below shows how it should look do you believe an IR camera would reveal the actual scratching? thanks CJ image by luzer, on Flickr image (1) by luzer, on Flickr M_Topel_Gravur by luzer, on Flickr
  9. Guest

    Montenegro 2014

  10. otoien

    IR approach to Gardemoen

    False color IR captured just before the the final approach to Gardemoen Airport (OSL) with my D40x IR-720nm and the trusty 105mm f/2.5 (from 2012) :
  11. D80ir (720 nm internal filter) with the cheap and efficient 18-55mm lens.
  12. Guest

    An efficient scarecrow

    It even managed to scare me...
  13. Guest

    blue grove

    I keep going back to two castles near my house, this one more than the other. It is interesting to see that after so many years, there are still plenty of opportunities I have never considered. It tells a lot about my lack of vision... This is an IR shot take at the "Chateau de Méry". The colors were there, I did not paint them in. Taken with my dying D80IR and a 16mm f/2.8AI fisheye. This lens exhibits a faint and manageable hot spot.
  14. Guest

    The statue once lost...

    ... is now back in its full glory. This is an infrared shot.
  15. Guest

    Faux color IR tropical garden

    Well I am continuing to battle with IR processing. This one is a little out there but after a couple hours of practicing processing not to mention many hours of working on others and getting nothing I like, I had to show it to some folks! I was thinking tropical "fish tank."
  16. I'm in Florida visiting relatives. I was told the weather was beautiful and it's been a while since I worked in IR so I thought I would break out my converted D70s and take some shots. The weather has been gray and windy but I was determined. I have included below the original image as it came out of my camera and my processed one. I'm interested in feedback in general since I can easily get back to this location to keep trying to improve it. And, it is actually sunny today but very, very windy. 1) Focus point - I was using manual focus. I tried a number of focus points but the one that seemed to have worked is making sure the palm trees against the sky seemed sharp. It's really hard to focus with my D70s. I tried focusing at the top of the stairs or even a little into the grass (about 1/3rd into the image like I would for a landscape shot) but that didn't get the trees sharp. I wanted to focus on the nearest part of the large clump of trees but it was too hard to see in my viewfinder. Where would you suggest I focus on this for IR? 2) Exposure -- I had to slightly underexpose; the histogram was on the left 2/3rds of the distribution. It was really windy. I didn't think the IR would do well above 200 ISO. I was at f8 and 1/500. I even felt that I could have needed a faster shutter but f8 seemed the minimum DOF I needed. What do you think about the tradeoff? Would you have pushed your ISO and figured you could get rid of noise later in post processing? In short, did I make the right choice? I thought of underexposing further by increasing my shutter speed or going to f11 and counting on my RAW file to be able to be corrected in Lightroom enough. I essentially did that but not to an extreme. Would that have made sense with IR? (I sometimes do that with visible light images.) 3) Post processing - I pulled the RAW files into Lightroom and didn't alter them (they have some minimal Camera Neutral calibration and some sharpening by default). I then edited in CS6. I'm not exceptional that CS6. I probably haven't used it in 8 months. I swapped the red and blue channel, used auto tone and auto contrast. Then, I used two hue/saturation adjustments. One was a global one to desaturate red and yellow and green. Then, one on the blue and cyan to work the sky. I then went back to Lightroom and fixed the angle/crop slightly. Is that too much processing? I wish I could do it all in one shot and I wasn't sure if the starting sharpening in LR made sense to export as a starting point in CS6. Lens was 17-35mm Nikkor at 22mm. I didn't correct for the lens. I was shooting handheld but I did bring a tripod. I'm just wondering what other folks would do here and if I can go again, what I should try to improve on this in any way. I have attached two files. One is the original RAW file in JPG 100%, 72dpi output and the other is the processed one same way. Thanks for looking, Deena
  17. Trying to experiment with false color and IR in general. The colors feel like a real challenge to get something "tasteful". In the bush on the beach shot, I tried making the leaves white but then the shells on the bush were not discernible.
  18. Guest

    the wave

    Winter made an unexpected and welcome (for my kids at least!) comeback in the northern part of France.
  19. Lately after I borrowed a IR converted D40X I've rarely left home without it. The manual focused Nikkor 50 f/2 (non ai though) fits the camera very well, concerning both size and weight, and is one of my favorite lenses for IR. Beautiful sharp and no obvious hot spots on neither wide open or stopped down. I thought the edit part were something I didn't quite get the hang of, I didn't get to "release" as much colour as I wanted to, and as usual things who's right in front of my nose the whole time I have a strong tendency to overlook... (Found it now though..) :-) A little selfie in the water..
  20. If you do not like images of mountains as single subject, skip this post. :-) These were captured during two field trips to our Toolik Field station on North Slope in Arctic Alaska this "spring". On the drive up Dalton Highway the light was somewhat hazy and flat, and that is where IR comes to the "rescue". First view of Brooks Range appears when one pass Gobblers Knob, looking north. The low area is among the coldest in North America, and the hills were victim to extensive wildfires a few years ago. The green trees are the few spruce trees that survived, the black ones are burnt. Compare to the hill in the far distance which is almost entirely green. (Please view large). #1 North fork of Koyukuk river. #2 This is not spring melt but overflow that can go on throughout the winter: #3 #4 Still on the south side of Brooks Range: #5 #6 The high areas at Atigun pass: #7 #8 #9 North Slope looking south toward Brooks Range: #10A #10B Arctic logistics. #11 #12 #13 #14
  21. Guest

    Cres, Croatia

    After almost 4 thousand kilometers of driving we are ending our holiday at Cres, Croatia. A place I have visited all my life. Here are a few more/less colorful ones I hope you'll like. Comments welcome...
  22. Guest

    the capital of Froggies

    Guess where this was taken...
  23. Guest

    Always the same place

    Always the same plays, but always a bit different... Chateau de Méry sur Oise at nightfall, tonight. Infrared.
  24. Guest

    Keep right

    D200 [iR] with 20mm 3.5 Ais-P Short focus mod Red Blue swap
  25. olegam

    First ir

    Last year I acquired a used D200 and converted it to ir, standard 720 nm. The camera survived the diy modification, but has not seen much use. During the workshop at Herdla last spring, Bjørn (nfoto) gave me some instructions on how to process the images, using the Aftershot Pro software. So, here are some of my first attempts in IR. Lens in use was the 20mm/3.5. Comments? Ole
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