IR PHOTOGRAPHY

 

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A few years ago, after I had purchased my Pentax K10D DSLR Camera, I became interested in doing some photography in IR.  I had seen other images from others out there who like doing the same thing, so I thought I’d give it a try.

Snooping around the Internet, I had to find out if my camera would perform such a thing as IR.  After reading some different articles about it, I found that I’d have to purchase a Hoya IR Filter that would screw on the front of my 58mm Lens.  Also, found that these Filters are not real cheap if you want a good quality Image.  I looked over a few of them on Ebay and decided on one that would suit my interest.  I ordered one and it came in the mail a few day’s later.

Upon opening the small package, I noticed that the Filter is very dark.  You can not see thru it.  I wondered just why, and then had to ask some questions from the local Photography Club that I belong to here.  I found that it’s not quite as easy as you think it is to do.  What I ended up doing is taking the camera and Lens with my Tripod to my favorite place for shooting, get the settings just right, focus the frame I want and lock it.  Then screw on the Filter, very gently, and press the remote trigger.  Sounds easy, right?  Nope, not quite!

Since I know next to nothing about Infrared Photography, the pictures that I took came out terrible!!  I just didn’t have the settings on the camera right.  So, back out there and try again.  This time I tried a different setting and only shot 3 Images, hoping they would come out right.  Now, after posting them up on the computer screen they looked better, so now I had to convert them over by switching the color settings in my photo editing software.  The above shot is the only one that worked!!

After taking these few Images with a Hoya IR Filter, I tried to do some more, but for some odd reason it just does not work anymore.  I use the same settings as before, but my software does not convert the Images like it did before.  Why, I have no idea.  It’s not the camera.  After many try’s to keep doing this, I finally gave up on it.

I still have the Filters in my bag, but they just sit there not being used.  I wish I could find out a concrete way to do this.  Maybe I just don’t have the right software.  Until then, I’ll put IR Photography on hold.

Thanks for reading & commenting

Les