35mm f/2 AF

The 35mm f/2 AF is great

Just a quick note about my test with Nikon D700 and the Nikon 35mm f/2 AF. This could become my new favorite lens – sharp, no fringing, no…

self-converted camera

The self-converted camera

It’s nice when you can build your own IR camera. But it has limitations. This has become clear in my test of wide-angle lenses with my Nikon D700.…

NIKKOR-N 24mm

The NIKKOR-N 24mm

I am looking for the best wide-angle lens for my Nikon D700. It should perform very well in infrared, both in combination with 720nm filters and with the…

Autumn Aerochrome

Autumn Aerochrome

I was finally able to photograph autumn vegetation with a converted Nikon D700 and the Aerochrome combo. This time with an older 50mm lens (f/2 AI). So far…

Cheap IR filter

Cheap IR filter: DIY

Many IR filters made of glass are expensive, especially if you buy them for lenses with a wide front diameter. In the last few weeks I have started…

New IR Style: Purple & Gold

Every now and then you come across something special when experimenting with filters. For example, this: golden yellow and purple trees. It almost looks as if a gold…

UV bandpass filter

The truth about UV photography

I’ve been dabbling in ultraviolet photography for years. But I just can’t find the right approach. I want to like this “different” kind of photography in the invisible…

Aerochrome Filter

My very own Aerochrome filter

You want an Aerochrome filter? Forget IR Chrome, forget all the well-known and overpriced filters and buy a Hoya Green X1 instead and a dark yellow or light…

Nikon D700 Infrared

Nikon D700 Infrared

After a lot of work, my Nikon D700 Infrared is ready for action! After several Nikon D70 as well as a Nikon D80, I have now converted a…

IR Chrome Filter

Make your own IR Chrome

Yes, I made a mistake. I have unfairly praised and promoted the IR Chrome filter in the past. Kolari Vision’s filter, designed by a French IR fan named…

Infrared rainbow

Infrared Rainbow

Ever wondered what an infrared rainbow looks like? Only for about a quarter of an hour, shortly before disappearing on the horizon, the sun shone yesterday. And in…

Moon

Only the moon and me

Astrophotography seems like a good hobby to me. My girlfriend’s father gave me his old telescope some time ago. I, as a technophobe, had a long time trouble…

Ultraviolet Photography

Ultraviolet = undetermined

It is raining incessantly in Switzerland. And it has been for days. The Aare, the river that runs through my city, will soon overflow. There’s not much you…

Converting a camera to IR

Converting a camera to IR

Converting a camera to IR or full spectrum is exhausting, but also very satisfying. I like making something new out of something old and giving it my own…

Blue trees

A new obsession: Blue trees

As I probably once alluded to, I am looking for a false color IR style that will produce blue trees. I have tried many things. For a long…

Cokin Varicolor

The Cokin Varicolor

As readers will have noticed, I’m a fan of dramatic skies – whether that’s in the form of wild cloud formations or stark color gradients. And it doesn’t…

Dean Bennici

Interview with Dean Bennici

I am currently working on a larger article about the history of Aerochrome false color infrared film and attempts to find a digital analog. I actually want to…

Triple Bandpass filter

Video with the Triple Bandpass

Filming is easier with the Triple Bandpass filter than with the X1 method discussed in previous posts. The blue vegetation, which turns reddish after the channel swap, is…

TB550/660/850

TB550/660/850: The real test

The sun shone for a few hours, enough to take some photos with the TB550/660/850. The results are very similar to the Orange-Green filter method. In any case,…

TB550/660/850

The real digital Aerochrome?

Well, here it is, the fabled filter from Midwest Optical that seems to be great for Aerochrome-style photos: The TB550/660/850. You can’t buy it from any store or…

Aerochrome method

Does my method hold up?

I went outside to see how well my method reproduces the Aerochrome color changes (for context please see previous entries). For this purpose, I took photos with this…

Aerochrome emulation

The crux of digital EIR

I am currently working on an authentic digital version of the discontinued Kodak Color Infrared film (Aerochrome) with cameras that have a Bayer sensor. Of course, I’m not…

Infrared in cinematography

Infrared in cinema

Infrared is used in cinema from time to time. I recently noticed it in the Van Gogh biopic At Eternety’s Gate. The film has one very short scene…

Aerochrome emulation

Best digital Aerochrome so far?

I think I have found a very good way to emulate the look of Kodak Ektachrome Infrared or Aerochrome with digital cameras. If I were only concerned with…

Monochrome IR

Monochrome IR with the SD1

I had some time on my hands today around noon, so I went to the nearby river to get decent monochrome IR images with the Sigma SD1 Merrill.…

Shooting Aerochrome

Shooting Aerochrome

Of course, there is not ONE Aerochrome look. When we try to recreate Aerochrome (Kodak EIR) film with digital cameras, we have to keep this in mind. The…

IR photo

Foveon IR photo myth dispelled

There are a number of myths and misconceptions about infrared photography: – An IR photo looks best when taken on a bright, sunny day around noon. – IR…

Channel mixer IR filming

Infrared video school, part 3

The channel mixer is perhaps the most important tool when processing a typical IR image (720nm). Using Adobe Premiere we can swap the red and blue channels to…

White balance

Infrared video school, part 2

In a previous post, I showed you my gear and setup for filming in IR. This time, I’d like to tell you about the importance of white balance.…

infrared video school

Infrared video school, part 1

I’ve started to dedicate myself to infrared video during the last couple of weeks. Filming is in many respects similar to photography. The rules stay the same regarding…

Bee in 720nm infrared

Starting with a bee

Producing videos is a whole new world to me. It’s much more complex and exhausting than still photography, and IR adds another level of complexity. You need a…

Ultraviolet Lockdown

Lockdown in UV

No words now. Just this: It was recorded with an ultraviolet bandpass filter, so the pictures show no visible or infrared light, just UV…

Full-spectrum violet

Full-spectrum violet

What new color palettes could be achieved with full-spectrum (visible, UV and IR) cameras? This is a question I often ponder. Some months ago I had read a…

Brocken spectre

A Brocken spectre

Clouds and fog have many valleys in Switzerland firmly in its grip. Above it, however, there is often perfect winter weather. A few days ago I was in…

Wildlife in IR

Wildlife in IR

My infrared Nikon D70 finally arrived today. I bought the camera specifically for shooting wildlife and for using it with the Tokina 300mm f/2.8 AF AT-X lens. The…

Marsden

Homage to Simon Marsden

I remember coming across the eerie images of Simon Marsden as a little boy. In the school library, I was flipping through a magazine (probably GEO) and came…

UV bandpass Kolari

Entering the realm of UV

After an in-depht test session with the Kolari UV Bandpass filter and the Nikon 28mm f/2.8 AI-s lens I can answer the question I had asked in the…

Nikon 28mm

The Nikon 28mm and infrared

Is the Nikon 28mm f/2.8 AI-s, which is arguably one of the best Nikon lenses, suitable for infrared photography? Well, there’s a controversy about this question. If you…