In the later part of the summer, I had an idea to try infrared photography. I was so amazed at how subtracting a few elements from a camera could produce “out of this world” photos. There are companies that offer to do this service for you. There are some that do it themselves also. You can google the infrared conversion services and their reviews to see which one is best for you if you are interested in converting your camera. In my case, my older model camera was converted. I chose an older model for two main reasons. One, once you convert a camera there is no going back. Two, experimenting with IR photography was just going to be for fun for me; So my main camera would remain just that. The model I converted was a Nikon 70D; full spectrum.
I will save going into the details of Infrared Photography for a later post; probably around next spring or summer. I only had a few chances to use this camera because I converted it late in the Autumn season, when the bright green foliage was starting to disappear. I wasn’t ready to wait until the next two seasons just yet so that is when I decided to venture out and test out its capabilities. When I arrived to the location to start fishing, the clouds were ruining what light was needed in order to capture a decent infrared photograph. When the light finally came through, I realized that I forgot my IR filter! I have run into this situation to many times and wrote post on tips to prepare.
I was using the Nikon 70D which has a smaller screen than what I am used to; call me spoiled I guess. Since I forgot my filter, I decided to test out the camera using just a regular wide-angle lens. I used the meter to get the right exposure and bracketed just in case I needed to make some adjustments in post processing. When photographing IR photos, the image shows up red in the back of the camera. Adjustments in post processing are needed in order the bring out the correct color temperatures captured by the cameras sensor. As I stated before, I will save going into deeper details of IR photography later; I plan to provide more pictures on how I capture and process these types of photos.
The foliage in the photo above was a mixture between green and orange-colored leaves. I was more amazed at how the camera captured the reflection of the sky and trees in the photo. Since I didn’t have an IR filter on the camera the foliage did not turn out its usual white color. Infrared photos, have somewhat of an “alien world” type of feeling and the trees in this photo were supposed to be white. Also, since I didn’t have the filter, I was able to use the cameras auto focus system with ease. The filter is completely black and focusing must be done before it is applied.
Most of the modern cameras have difficulty picking up Infrared. However, to test if your camera is able to pick up infrared try the following: Find a (working) t.v. remote and point it toward the camera while pressing a button. At the same time take a picture. When you view the photo, see if the front of the remote emitted a white light. If it did, your camera is most likely capable of just needing an IR filter to start capturing infrared photos. If not, your camera has technology that blocks infrared and customization is needed in order to convert the camera.
On a final note
Even though I didn’t capture the photo that I pre-visualized, I’m still happy with what I obtained because I chose not to give up. There have been plenty of times when I have forgotten something while going out to photograph. I find myself frustrated but most of the time I end up surprising myself and capturing a photo that still pleases me. I look forward to experimenting more with Infrared Photography when the sun and bright green foliage makes its return next year and sharing with you all!
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