Fun in the sun with infrared

by Dawn Hester July. 18, 2019 226 views

This past May I wrote a blog “The Beauty of Infrared Photography”. Even though I have taken many photographs using infrared film and infrared filters during my photography career, I’ve never really took the opportunity to shoot looking for the beauty what the film could create.

These past few months I’ve been out shooting with Infrared #72 filter using my Fujifilm X-H1 with my 14mm and 50mm lenses. (during my research it was important to make sure I used the lenses that don’t leave a hot spot on my image).

Infrared is cool and fun to shoot. Yes they recommend to shoot between 10AM - 4PM. I do know during those times and if the sun is bright, your exposure starts around six seconds (with ISO 200, f/8 which depends on your lens). Set your camera to black & white so you can view your subject easier. The great thing about shooting with a mirrorless camera, you can see exactly how your exposure will look…or close to it. Plus auto focusing with the filter on. And if you like being out in the middle of a sunny day you will enjoy it. How many photographers will you see out there with you?? YES! No clutter of people.

How hard is it to process and/or edit your work? Not hard at all. I open my RAW images in Adobe Camera RAW, click on the white balance and begin to make adjustments anyway to my liking. Before I upgrade to Capture One 12 I was able to open my images in the software. I can still open them in 12 but they open black & white, not with the IR color (red). Camera RAW works great.

So if you want to do something different in photography and love the sun try infrared. A couple of dollars for the filter (beats converting an entire camera).

Gear used: Fujifilm X-H1, XF 14mm f/2.8 R lens, XF 50mm f/2 R WR lens, and Hoya Infrared #72 red filter.


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Bethany Plonski 1 year, 2 months ago

Beautiful images, and thank you for sharing about the process. Infrared makes such interesting images and with the color they are really stunning!

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Berckmans Peter 1 year, 2 months ago

Filter is ordered, Hoya did a promotion, almost half price. You did mention in your previous post a site with usable lenses,wich one is it. I am planning to use my 35mm 1.4 for it.

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Dawn Hester Replied to Berckmans Peter 1 year, 2 months ago

The website I found is: Go to "Lens Hotspot Database" and it has what they think are Good and Poor lens performers. 

I went to the site. Fujifilm 35mm f/1.4 has a mild hotspot at F/11. 35mm f/2 has none. With the 1.4 you can shoot f/8 before seeing any spots. 

Enjoy!! Can't wait to see some of your photographs. What so cool and great about shooting IR, you don't have to go and find a great place - you can basically create from anywhere/anything.

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Dawn Hester 1 year, 2 months ago

Thanks for the link,hope get the filter soon

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Berckmans Peter 1 year, 2 months ago

These are great,have to look into that.

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Dawn Hester Replied to Berckmans Peter 1 year, 2 months ago

Thank you!

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