Last week I spoke about my overlooked Panasonic G9 micro 43 kit and how I was challenging myself to shoot with it through June. Well, I may have failed depending on how pure you view my challenge. You see the weather here has been hot, dry, and sunny for the past week. This has caused a lot of atmospheric haze and most of the time colour shots with the G9 look terrible. That’s when I decided I needed to broaden my challenge to include an infrared camera.
The reason I don’t mind including another camera is that it’s my old Olympus EM5 micro 43 camera. I had this converted a few years back to shoot infrared using a 665nm filter. Here’s an example from Wednesday this week.
I shot this image on Wednesday in the ground of Chatsworth House, looking down on the maze. It’s a handheld exposure of 1/160” at f/7.1 and ISO200 at 16mm. The lens is the Panasonic Leica 12-60 which performs wonderfully on the infrared Olympus EM5 body. I then processed the RAW file using Capture One before converting to black and white using Exposure X6.
Strangely two things happened over this past week:
- I found the little EM5 a joy to use. Not only is it half the weight of the G9, but it’s also half the size. This makes it extremely easy to walk around holding in one hand.
- I shot at least 5 times more images using the EM5 than I did the G9.
It’s probably not a good comparison because the EM5 is a better camera for walking around and snapping. When I use the G9 it’s great for considered photography which isn’t what I’ve been doing. Nevertheless, it’s reminded me how good the little EM5 is and makes me wonder if a good used EM5 MKIII would be a good investment.
I hope you like the image and have a great weekend.
Oh yes, I almost forgot. The Nik Collection 4 was launched the other day. If you are wondering what’s new, you can watch my review video on YouTube.