We arrived back in the US, landing in Tampa, after our second Cuba tour. I’ll have a lot more on that in the next blog post.
Several months ago, I set up a post-Cuba meeting with my good friend of 20 years, Bob Singh, who makes the best filters in the world: Singh Ray Filters. We stopped at his facility in Arcadia, FL on the way to drop John off in St. Pete for his flight home. My friend and co-instructor, John Barclay, and I had a most enjoyable time with Bob and the entire staff, including a tour of the Singh Ray facility. For those who have had the privilege of visiting there, you know that the facility is small, but set up quite brilliantly. During our meeting and conversation on Bob’s favorite subject: FILTERS!, I left with an iRay infrared filter.
I learned that all cameras, even with the hot mirror that is meant to block infrared (which can adversely affect the image), have various amounts of leakage in the IR spectrum. When using the iRay filter, that IR leakage can be picked up by the filter to create an infrared image. Pretty far out, I thought! So, after leaving Bob, we were looking for a subject to try this new filter. The great thing about it, is that even though I own a converted IR camera, this image was made using my unconverted D3X. This is pretty cool, because I can now travel with one less camera!
The exposure needed to be quite long. At ISO640 and @ f/11, the 30 second exposure was black. The 2 minute exposure was dark, but the 4 minute exposure brought up an image! There were white puffy clouds moving through the frame during the exposure, which was a great bonus. The image came up pink, which is not unusual.
This image was taken directly into Silver Efex Pro, converting the image to the final infrared.
The final image was cropped to a slight pan format. I still have a bit to learn about using this filter in terms of exposure and aperture, but I’m pretty stoked about the result, which has much more of a gritty film look!
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