Wordy Wednesday #225 “Fujifilm IS-1: Infrared in Aspen”


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The nine-megapixel (count’em) Fujifilm IS-1 used Fujifilm’s Super CCD HR sensor and Real Photo Processor, delivering IS0 1600. The camera’s 28-300mm (equivalent) lens incorporated aspherical elements to minimize distortion and aberrations.

Fuji claimed “Image quality in the IS-1 has been enhanced through improvements to its processing algorithms” and to tell the truth it had pretty good image quality. In fact, it was the very last Fuji digital camera that I ever tested. (I am currently awaiting a X-T2 for review for Mirrorless Photo Tips.)

1233098252000_492415What was interesting about the camera is that it could shoot in Infra-Red or Normal modes. The IS-1 was sensitive to a broad range of light frequencies (400 – 900nm) covering the full range of visible light as well as the near infra-red range. Specific wavelengths can be isolated and captured from daylight or artificial light sources via filtering.

The above photograph was made in Aspen, Colorado when I accompanied my wife who was visiting clients there. The JPEG exposure was 1/20 sec at f/5.6 and ISO 400. I imported the image into the free Silver Efex Pro and used the default preset—I usually suppress grain by moving the slider all the way to the left—and tweaking Contrast, Brightness and Structure. Next I applied the Glamour Glow filter from the equally free Color Efex Pro to get the image you see here.

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Author: Joe Farace

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