Shooting Infrared with Zeiss Lenses
Sep29

Shooting Infrared with Zeiss Lenses

“I think a lot of the time these days people are so concerned about having the right camera and the right lenses and all the special effects that go along with it that they’re missing the key element.”—Herb Ritts Distagon is the name that Zeiss gives to its wide-angle lenses that have a retrofocus design. Short focal lenses are typically composed of glass elements whose shapes are symmetrical in front of and behind...

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What is a Wratten Filter?
Sep14

What is a Wratten Filter?

“When you are a photographer, you work all the time, because your eye is the first camera.”— Patrick Demarchelier Many times, colored filters are often referred to by their Wratten numbers. The Wratten system was originally developed in 1909 by the English firm of Wratten & Wainwright when they published a bookThe Photography Of Coloured Objects. Established in the 1877, the company primarily made photographic plate...

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Wordy Wednesday #448: “DG Leica Zoom in Infrared”
Jun28

Wordy Wednesday #448: “DG Leica Zoom in Infrared”

McCabe Meadows is located near Parker, Colorado along the west side of Parker Road just north of Indian Pipe Lane and the Country Meadows subdivisions. This park includes a trailhead with access to Cherry Creek Trail, a fitness circuit, a shade structure with tables and public restrooms. The Parker Arboretum is also located here. Because of the large number of deciduous trees, it is also the best place near Daisy Hill to make infrared...

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Infrared Capture & Resolution
Apr13

Infrared Capture & Resolution

“In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.”—Ansel Adams One of the tips that I give to photographers interested in infrared photography is, instead of using filters, they should  convert one of their old cameras that’s sitting around collecting dust to IR-only capture. The theory being that you’re not using it so why not get a unique use from something that’s probably not worth much...

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The Wood Effect in Infrared Photography
Mar30

The Wood Effect in Infrared Photography

Here in Colorado, spring is seemingly just around the corner and while it’s snowing on the day that I wrote this, the deciduous trees here on Daisy Hill are just starting to burst forth with greenery. That means that infrared season is just around the corner too. Photography is all about lighting but where infrared photography is concerned you’re capturing images with invisible light, which is why comparisons to...

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Wordy Wednesday #244: “Zion National Park in Infrared
Jan11

Wordy Wednesday #244: “Zion National Park in Infrared

“One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.” ― John Muir,  I have shot infrared images all over this country and even some in Mexico but by far the best place I’ve found to make infrared images is Zion National Park. The Park is located in the Southwestern United States, near Springdale, Utah. A prominent feature of the 229-square-mile park is Zion Canyon, which is 15 miles long and up to half a mile deep, cut through the...

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Four Good Reasons to Use a Tripod
Dec06

Four Good Reasons to Use a Tripod

A properly designed tripod provides better image sharpness than is possible when shooting at hand-held speeds. The average person can hand hold a camera at a shutter speed equal to the reciprocal of the focal length of the lens used. When in doubt, many photographers increase that shutter speed. In this day of mage stabilized and vibration reduction lenses as well as the anti-shake capabilities that’s built into camera bodies,...

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