Michael Wicks Fine Art | The Road To Infrared Part 1

The Road To Infrared Part 1

November 08, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

For years I've wanted to expand into Infrared photography.  Many seem think that infrared means night photograhy or low light  but thats not quite right.  Infrared just means a different wavelength of light or non visible light.   The effects of this light can create very dramatic scenery images.  Images of people in infrared tend to look ghostly and lanscapes take on a new look.  

Years ago I inherited a bunch of film cameras and thanks to a good diver friend a few garbage bags of film, including some roll of infrared.  But when doing research I found that the additional filter needed and the cost of procesing just to experiment was prohibitive.

Fast forward a few years to  today.    One can still get to infrared via dSLR but there are the following issues:

  1. New dSLR's have an infrared filter built in called the Hot Mirror  which blocks IR light
  2. Filters that only allow IR light are still expensive

And probably worst of all using an Ir filter you can't focus or compose as the filter blocks visible light. You need to do all that and then screw the filter back on.  And then you have to use long eposures and a tripod for every shot.

Enter conversion companies.   These companies provide the servie of removing the old sensor and installing a custom IR sensor.  But since this makes your camera a permament IR camera its a big commitment.

I then hit on the idea of getting a slightly used spare camera.  And that's what I did. I got an almost new Canon 40D an have sent it to one of the conversion companies.  

And now I wait.....


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