Now we can travel a little, I decided to drive to another area (a full 15 minutes from home) from my daily walk. In truth, I was desperate to try out my newly converted Infrared camera. This is my old Fuji X-T2 which was acting as a backup for my X-T3.
If this has you wondering what camera I now have as a backup, it’s the Fuji XE3 I recently purchased. The XE3 has a quite different feel to the X-T2 and I’m hoping to use it for more street photography (in time). But back to the new infrared conversion.
I had the X-T2 converted to shoot infrared by Protech Photography who previously converted an Olympus EM5 for me. As with the EM5, I opted for a 665nm infrared filter conversion. I’ve previously used 720nm filters but now think the 665nm filter is better for the UK. I find the light doesn’t need to be as intense to get a good shot.
If you’re not sure what I’m talking about and have an interest in digital infrared photography, I’ve recently posted this new article on my Lenscraft website.
But capturing the RAW image is only half the battle with digital infrared. The other important step is processing to create that wonderful glowing effect. Back in the days of Kodak HIE the film took care of the effect for you. Digital Infrared is much more clinical, so you need to add in the halation glow. In all honesty, it’s quite easy to do with the Kodak HIE preset in Exposure X5. A single click is all it takes and I just tweak the settings if I need to.
If you’re interested in the image details, I used my 16mm f/1.4 prime on the Fuji X-T2. It’s a handheld exposure of 1/25” at f/10.0 and ISO400.
I hope you like the shot and have a great weekend.