365 Project: Day 43

IR-Tree-toned

Day 43. Experimenting today with a new piece of equipment – an R72 IR filter. These block all (or at least most) visible light and allow only Infrared light to pass through. The catch is though that most DSLRs have an IR-cut filter in front of the image sensor to reduce IR… so you end up with (very) long exposures in the middle of the day. I’ve never ever in all my time as a photographer ever shot IR before. Lots to learn.

[Here are three things I learnt today: 1) IR is completely different to visible light. Things that I thought would be bright, weren’t. Other things were brighter. It’s like seeing in a completely different way. 2) Both of the lenses I tried today have IR ‘hotspots’, meaning circles in the centre of the frame that go a really long way towards ruining the shot, and are almost impossible to get out in post-processing. Advice from those more knowledgeable than me = try another lens. Hmm… 3) IR is challenging, new, and fun! Oh, and one more thing: 4) False colours are also fun, but probably have a limit and a bit of gimmick value… Not to say that you won’t see any here in the future though!

Still lots more to learn, and this shot is probably less ‘mature’ in terms of technique and end-point quality in my eyes than I would usually post, but perhaps we can see this as a baseline, to refer to over time. Oh, and this was shot with the OM-D (Don’t even think about IR with a D700!), and the Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 pancake. The other lens that I tried that had an even worse hotspot was the Panasonic Leica 25mm f/1.4. So it will be back to the drawing board to try my other lenses next I think! Also, I went for a Kenko R72 filter – same glass as the Hoya ones. Made in Japan. Just in case you are interested.]

365 Project: Day 43