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.
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