Wordy Wednesday #145 “Last Chance Infrared”


The shot was made late in the fall at the McCabe Meadows open space to shoot when I expected to be the last of the season’s IR images with deciduous trees still having some leaves left. It  was shot with a Panasonic Lumix G5 that had been converted to IR-only capture by LifePixel. Lens was a Lumix 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH/MEGA OIS (at 16mm) with an exposure of 1/400 sec at f/9 and ISO 400 to freeze the cyclist.

Because of focusing issues, that I previously mentioned, I usually shoot infrared photographs as close to f/16 as I can, which means slower shutter speeds and that’s where the optical image stabilization in the Lumix 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 lens makes a difference. (I recently acquired this lens to replace the 14-42mm kit lens that came with the G5.)

I’ve said it here before that you can shoot infrared  any time of the year and I have seen IR images made during the winter when deciduous trees have shed their leaves but I always feel the results are not all that different from a well crafted black & white photograph. Or not? Take a look at some images that I made for our sister blog—Mirrorless Photo Tips—and make your own mind up.

If you’re interested in trying infrared photography, check out the series of IR Workshops to be held near Parker, Colorado starting in May with ‘Infrared at the Lake.’ Check the Workshops section of the b,log for updates.

If you want to save a few bucks when converting your camera to infrared when ordering a conversion from LifePixel, use the coupon code “farace.”

Author: Joe Farace

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