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By: R Fox
return of the infrared
with my old 5mp camera
Now that is a really lovely picture.
I am, as you know, a bit of a duffer when it comes to photography, especially the technical bits. I'm curious, did you use an IR filter for that? I thought they only produced black and white pictures and needed really long exposures on digital cameras, at least ones that haven't had expensive tinkering done to them.
If you don't mind telling me, how did you do it?
Ah! I should have looked at the SNOM first!
The old Sony has a built in infrared filter, but was somewhat crippled compared to even earlier versions because certain types of fabric become see thru when photographed using infrared in sunlight. Sony made the infrared filter only work at high ISO / exposure so that the well lit outdoor shots would be blown out to avoid perversion. It also shoots out an infrared beam, so that even in complete darkness without ambient light, there is a spotlight effect of infrared light; effective for close up shots, but pointless for landscapes. With some photoshop tweakery, the green tones can be reduces and colors can be brought out - all with a strange Tron-like quality. I used to keep a spot of electrical tape over the infrared beam so that the center of my shots wouldn't be blown out with less color than the rest - I did not do that with this shot - which is why my shoulders are kind of skin colored, but my face is more creepy alabaster.
That is quite an amazing picture, you do look quite ghostly - spooky rather than creepy i'd say.
This is the thing with old tech, if it was good then, it's still good now, there may be better stuff around now but good is still good. I don't know of any new cameras with built in IR capability and with a 5Mp sensor you've probably got better dynamic range than even a new top end compact. When my old Powershot A300 finally died i ended up, after a series of disappointing compacts of ever higher pixel count and ever decreasing dynamic range (or exposure range or whatever it's called), shelling out what was for me a small fortune on a Panasonic G1. Admittedly it does produce nicer pictures than my old A300, but the difference between what was an entry level compact and something bang up to date and much more upmarket isn't really that great. And when it comes down to it, as i've said a few times now, it all comes down to where you point it.
Hang on to that old Sony and look after it!
Yeah, I'm looking for a new better camera. A DSLR is really only for show, so I can hire myself and look professional as I shoot at things. I love the look of a limited depth of field that I get with a nice portrait lens, but my best shots are the ones that I take on the spur of the moment, and it's a lot harder to get the focus right in a matter of seconds when you've got a behemoth camera around your neck and the focus field is so terribly short. I'm on the hunt for the best "throw-in-my-purse" sort of camera at the moment, preferably with infrared, and/or with a lens mount (like the Rebel?) that would allow for me to add an IR filter to it. I'll keep looking for a used DSLR to replace my current camera. I love my 5 year old Pentax, and it's done me well, but compared to what's out now it's ISO range is TERRIBLE and frustratingly limiting.
That old Sony of mine, it's what I used for all of the photographs published in my
Taken on July 25, 2011
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