Recently, I had a Panasonic Lumix G6 mirrorless camera converted by LifePixel using their “Enhanced Color IR Filter” that’s equivalent to a 665nm infrared filter and allows more color to pass through onto the sensor and is well suited for color IR photography with more saturation and color range.
LifePixel says the black & white effect “looks quite good although with a bit less contrast” and a little less contrast is a good thing IR and this filter does produce excellent black & white images. But that’s not just why this conversion is so cool.
With cameras converted to the “Enhanced Color IR Filter” you can use Photoshop’s Channel Mixer Adjustment Layers to produce something that’s black and white while producing the “blue sky effect,” creating an image that blends reality and unreality at the same time. The above photograph was shot using an Lumix G Vario 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH lens with an exposure of 1/250 sec at f/13 and ISO 400, converted from a RAW file. As a finishing touch I applied the Glamour Glow filter (you can use it for landscapes too) from Color Efex Pro.
Tip: Try infrared by having an old camera that’s gathering dust converted to IR-only operation. You can save a few dollars when converting your camera to infrared at LifePixel by using the coupon code “farace.”