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Kiawah Island, Fuji XE2, and the iRay

April 6th, 2014

iRay on Fuji XE2 w/ 18-55mm

 In between our Charleston workshops, we were invited to present a day long event for the Kiawah Island Photography Club. Driving onto the island, and actually on the way down the peninsula, I was pretty blown away by all of the infrared photo ops. And, of course, I’d left my converted D300 back in the room, only bringing my Fuji X system. I’ve only photographed a little with the X system cameras with the iRay (Singh Ray). I have a pretty predictable exposure system in place for my D800 and D3X, but have only begun to experiment using the iRay with mirror less…..and really don’t like experimenting when time is of the essence. But, as the Stones say, “You can’t always get what you want.” 

Aside from having a great time with the club, during the presentation and in the field, I had literally only a few minutes to photograph on my own.

Now, please know that Kiawah is a gated community, not open to the public, but upon driving down the various peninsulas throughout the area, including Edisto Island will yield similar spectacular IR ops!


 Here’s a few shots from the outings and some image info:


iRay on Fuji XE2 w/ 18-55mm

iRay on Fuji XE2 w/ 18-55mm













Those who use digital IR are most likely aware of the infamous “hot spot” using some lenses. As I’m still learning using the Fuji lenses and how they react with the iRay filter, the image series above illustrates that the kit lens (which is outstanding, BTW) 18-55mm creates a huge, dense hot spot with flare. I managed to get it to work to a point, but it was prevalent. Needless to say, I’ll be moving on to test other lenses in the Fuji series for Infrared. Also, the flare is not a function of the iRay filter or a camera conversion. It is a function of the lens. It is not a function of the speed of the lens, which I initially thought. It is purely a function of trying various lenses until you find one that does not flare. In the mean time, I’ll be using my Nikon D300 (converted) and the D3x and D800 with the iRay with the 16-35mm and 28-300 lenses, neither of which flare. For infrared camera conversions, we use and recommend Life Pixel (scroll down a bit).

iRay on Fuji XE2 w/ 55-200mm

iRay on Fuji XE2 w/ 55-200mm

After switching to the 55-200, the flare was not an issue. However, needing a wider lens on the Fuji X system, I will try the 14mm fixed and the newly released 10-24mm to see how they do.

XE2 and 10-24mm

XE2 and 10-24mm

Here’s a black and white version of this great gazebo using the new 10-24mm @ 10mm DX (15mm FX).

XE2 and 14mm

XE2 and 14mm

Here’s the last shot of the day using the 14mm fixed lens and the Singh Ray 10 stop MorSlo filter, creating a 4 minute exposure. The NDExposure app (free!) was helpful in calculating the exposure time. Of course, I can figure it out in my head, too! I only wish that the clouds were more evenly distributed…but….oh, well….For Singh Ray Filters, please call direct – 1-800-486-5501!

We begin our second Charleston workshop in a few hours, this one being with less clients and more class work: software demos, critiques, etc. However, it is pretty much customized to the people. Some want to be out shooting more, some want more software work and critiques. Whichever, the flowers are peaking for this week with considerable overcast! Perfect! A few sky breaks would be nice, too!

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13 Responses

  1. Tony Sweet says:

    Correct. So far, 14mm and 35mm are good.

  2. John Barclay says:

    I’ve heard the 10-24 has a hot spot too… :(

  3. Tony Sweet says:

    Thx a lot, Jim. Great to know!!

  4. Jim says:

    Both my 14 and 35mm Fuji lenses do not have any hot spot with a Hoya IR filter.
    Works well, Autofocuees and the images look good.
    The 18-55 has hot spots so I don’t use it.

  5. Tony Sweet says:

    It appears to be out of business. Try NDexposure.

  6. Lin Layton says:

    Thanks, Tony. The ND Filter works.

  7. Lin Layton says:

    Tried the LongTime Pro and that is not available either. Suggestions, Tony?


  8. Tony Sweet says:

    yeah, it appears to be gone. Try ND exposure. Looks like the same thing.

  9. Steve Nachman says:

    Tried LongTime Pro also with the same result.

  10. Tony Sweet says:

    Thanks a lot, Jane! As I said, it was pretty ironic that I was just looking at your website, which I thoroughly enjoyed, with no idea you would be at the Kiawah event! It was great meeting you and hope that our paths cross again. And a big “Get Well” to your husband….(mountain biking is safer!!)

  11. Jane says:

    Hi Tony, I thoroughly enjoyed your presentation and workshop on Kiawah. It was great to finally meet you and spend time with you and Susan. I am looking forward to working on some of the techniques we discussed. Hope you have a fruitful a week coming up and that our paths will cross again sometime. Thank you for an inspiring day.

  12. Tony Sweet says:

    It looks like the free period is over, Steve. Try Longtime Pro….for $0.99.

  13. Steve Nachman says:

    Tried to install LongTime on my iPhone from App store and it said it was no longer available????

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