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Central Park Lake - Infrared

20 August, 2008 (07:50)

central-park-lake-ir-1929 Central Park Lake - Infrared

Some of this fairy-tale imagery is, I think, preparation for more urban shooting when I get the converted camera. (Should be today). These images remind me of color plates in an old Alice in Wonderland book that I had when I was a kid.

What I’m curious about is how it will or won’t work with the infrared flash that I used last summer with b&w HIE film. In other words, what will color infrared flash images of urban settings look like? What will night tango dancers or the subway performers look like through infrared flash in color?

Also, all the shooting I’ve done so far (both with IR film and digital IR) has been with wide angle lenses to compensate for the infrared focus issues.  The converted camera is being calibrated for the 50mm f1.8 lens.  I have the 50mm f1.4 lens.  I wonder if that will make a difference?  Lots of questions.  I should have a lot to play with pretty soon.

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Comment from Dennis Ward
Time: August 20, 2008, 9:55 am

Dave - you should be able to shoot hand-held with the modded camera. That will free things up quite a bit. Can we expect to see Buddy posing for IR with the 50mm?
Have fun with the new toy!

Comment from Dave Beckerman
Time: August 20, 2008, 10:04 am

Buddy is high on the list! There’s nothing he likes better than posing when I get some new equipment to test.

Comment from Elliot
Time: August 20, 2008, 11:47 am

FYI, just ran across this discussion about custom WB in IR, and thought you might find it interesting. “bv06″ is a camera dealer who often has good suggestions, by the way.


Comment from Dave Beckerman
Time: August 20, 2008, 12:18 pm

I don’t think there is any “right answer” as far as white balance goes - because it depends on a bunch of variables: lens, filter, subjective taste, sensor, firmware, et. al.

What I will say is that the Adobe DNG Profiler was my personal savior. Which is to say, that no matter what I did in terms of measuring white balance, the Profiler could bring back enough info in all channels to give me artistic choices.

Comment from Phil
Time: August 21, 2008, 10:26 am


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