This article is in response to Pascal’s call for photographic adventures in the time of Covid.
Like many of us I have felt constrained and in need of something new photographically. As you can imagine this resulted in a serious case of GAS. The only problem with is was, due to Covid, every other photographer in the Seattle area also had GAS and they were buying every interesting bit of used camera gear from my favorite camera stores before I could.
Fortunately, when Covid cooled off and restrictions eased, the shortage of used gear started to ease and a little self control was needed to keep from going off the deep end. Also, during this time I felt that I “NEEDED” to get out of the house and and be somewhere different, so I started reviewing the websites of photographers that offered workshops.
Last August, during one of visits to my favorite store, I had a momentary lapse of reason and decided to succumb to GAS and bought a used Fuji XT-3. Thinking that it would be fun and a good platform for using my M lenses. Also during this time, many of the photographers offering workshops I was interested in started canceling them.
All but one that is. Which was a Black & White Infrared (IR) workshop planned for the end of October in Bandon, Oregon; which is an eight hour drive from where I live. I sent a message to the workshop leader, Penelope Taylor, to see if the workshop would still occur and if space was available. The next day I had a reply. Yes, the workshop was still planned to happen, but would be limited to six people, and there was still space available. So I replied that I was in.
Though all was not as I hoped it would be. Up to this point I was thinking that I would have the Fuji camera converted and use several of my M lenses on an adapter. But you know the saying about plans and what happens to them, and that happened to me. Shortly after I decided to attend the workshop, I decided that the XT-3 and my M lenses were not as compatible as my early results showed they might be ;”(
So now I needed to decide on a new camera for conversion and have it completed in a couple of months. Fortunately, I listened to the logical me, and I sent my Lumix G9 for a full spectrum conversion and made use of the Fuji as trading stock to get a new G9.
The images below are from my first attempts at IR photography.
After muddling through the above images it was October and time to head to Bandon for the workshop, which was a whirlwind of photography.
Unfortunately, I haven’t had time to really review and process the 1,500+ images I made during the four (4) day workshop. Though, I have included some of the few that stood out during the workshop. As you will see, two images are color, from the original, and the ultimate processed B&W.
If you need a new twist for a photo adventure give IR a try, I have really enjoyed it. Plus, with all the specials the camera manufacturers are having right now an experiment in IR can be very reasonable. Though, I will recommend getting the 750nm conversion so the need for extra filters is eliminated.
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