Infrared Hoboken

5/3/2010:

Capturing invisible Hoboken light!

For the photography enthusiasts out there – Hoboken411 reader HansBrix submitted some very cool shots of Hoboken which were taken with an infrared filter on the camera lens.

Infrared photography produces very unusual, yet visually pleasing images – and back in the day, required special film. However, these days, infrared filters can be attached to many digital cameras as well. Keep in mind that not all digital cameras are equipped to properly take pictures like this, even if you think you have the right filter. HansBrix’s offered a good tip to see if your camera would be a candidate for infrared photography. Turn your camera on and point your TV remote into the lens. If you see a flashlight like reaction, then you should be good to go.

You can get some pretty in-depth information about Infrared Photography at Digital Photography FWIW.

(Note: HansBrix JUST got his filter, and has only recently begun experimenting. He ensured me as he spends more time perfecting the craft, the photos will improve.)

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7 Comments on "Infrared Hoboken"

HansBrix
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HansBrix

I used my old Panasonic FZ5 since it didn’t need modification. Maybe one day I’ll get an old dslr body modified — if the novelty doesn’t wear off.

When I say “improve” I’m thinking of a few things. One is framing which is tough since an IR image is difficult to see in an LCD liveview. I can crop but that’s never as good as proper framing from the get go.

Another thing is white balance. I wish the sky was less muddy looking. A non-compressed format like RAW or TIFF allows WB correction and other things in post processing. The FZ5 can do TIFF but my SD cards are either too small for anything but jpegs or too big for the camera.

Other things I don’t control, like clouds, can make an ir image much more interesting.
Then there’s getting people in the shot. Skin gets rendered milky white and almost blemish free. Dark hair can turn whitish too. Lots of possibilities. The trick is thinking in a whole new way.

411 told me he too may buy an R72 filter and give it a try. If he can get his dog to sit perfectly still for a 1 second exposure that could produce cool results especially with a leafy background.

getz76
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getz76
Cool stuff. I have an old Nikon D70 lying about that I had been thinking of modding, but I have not gotten around to it. If you are on flickr, look me up at “getz76”. In response to HansBrix who said: I used my old Panasonic FZ5 since it didn’t need modification. Maybe one day I’ll get an old dslr body modified — if the novelty doesn’t wear off. When I say “improve” I’m thinking of a few things. One is framing which is tough since an IR image is difficult to see in an LCD liveview. I can crop but that’s never as good as proper framing from the get go. Another thing is white balance. I wish the sky was less muddy looking. A non-compressed format like RAW or TIFF allows WB correction and other things in post processing. The FZ5 can do TIFF but my SD cards are either too small for anything but jpegs or too big for the camera. Other things I don’t control, like clouds, can make an ir image much more interesting. Then there’s getting people in the shot. Skin gets rendered milky white and almost blemish free. Dark hair can turn whitish too. Lots of possibilities. The trick is thinking in a whole new way. 411 told me he too may buy an R72 filter and give it a try. If he can get his dog to sit perfectly still for a 1 second exposure that could produce cool results especially with… Read more »
xyzpdq
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xyzpdq

I like the second shot best. It has more contrast than the others. Thanks for sharing.

mooshu
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mooshu

Improve :)?

Hansbrix, I think these are great, especially the second and last shots!

getz76
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getz76

Nice shot, HansBrix. Just a filter, or did you remove the IR filter from the sensor?

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