It’s been some time since my last infrared photo shooting. Actually these days I am mostly involved with video projects , so photography has been a second priority for me . Anyway, today I took my Leica M8 out of the closet and shot some IR images with the Leica Elmarit 28mm f/2.8 lens.
Its been a long time since my last post . I am currently involved in a few video projects that take up most of my time so it is a fact that I have neglected my blog uploads lately .
Yesterday I took a walk at a nearby festival and took a few images with the Leica M8 and Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f/1.1 lens .
I haven’t used the M8 for a few months since I almost solely rely on my Sony A7s both for stills and video .
But I really waned to use this camera again since I really love rangefinders and also the great black and white images I get from the CCD sensor of the M8.
The f/1.1 lens is really very helpful for a camera that actually has a real limit of ISO 640 when shooting in low light conditions.
Focusing with the rangefinder at f/1.1 was quite difficult I have to admit , since I got spoiled from the peaking and zoom assist functions of the Sony A7s !! But I got a few keepers.
Despite its age , the M8 still gives me the best black and white images from any other camera. Many of the images are b&w JPEGS straight out of the camera. I attribute this to the CCD sensor and the very thin IR filter.
Up to ISO 640 I can get away with noise , and some images may be still good at ISO 1250 but that’s about it .
The dynamic range is not on par with modern cameras so I had to be very careful how to expose (still I managed to burn some highlights , as I’ve said its been a long time since I used the M8!)
I will also visit the festival today again with the M8 and try to get some good images .
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“Awakening” is the first official music video from the band Mind Terrorist. The band assigned this project to me a couple of months ago and yesterday the video went on online on YouTube.
The whole video was shot with the Sony A7s camera and the Zeiss 24-70 f/4 lens. I used the slog2 feature which proved very helpful in the high contrasty scenes at the beach. Editing and grading was done with Final Cut X.