Infrared photos

My latest infrared photos (Leica M8, Leica Elmarit-M 28mm f/2.8, B+W 092 IR filter)

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Street photos

A few street images taken with my good old Ricoh GX200.

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Snowy Day

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Snowy Day

Snowy Day

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Three hours

Three hours were enough to melt the morning snow ….. At least I managed to take a few images around the city !

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Testing 4K video

This the first test footage of the Atomos Assassin 4K recorder with my Sony A7s. Shot using Slog2, graded with Filmconvert and Magic Bullet software.

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Smartphones: A distraction or a vital tool for Photographers?

It has been a long debated issue: Are smartphones a helpful tool for photographers or a distraction that keeps them from their work? Sure, there has been an increase in the number of smartphone users who are now busy taking photos of almost anything inspiring they see on the streets. In fact, Refinery29 reported a study where ‘selfie addiction’ is more rampant than ever, where a person takes at least 1,825 new images in their phone annually.

Smartphones are now owned by nearly 20% of the world’s population according to Gaming Realms, the developers of gaming hub Pocketfruity, and the company also forecasted back in 2013 that mobile usage would exceed desktop consumption by 2015, which it has. Even offices and educational institutions are now adopting BYOD (bring your own device) schemes to efficiently work with more people with less effort in an office environment.

Smartphone cameras are now more powerful and have the capabilities to produce clearer, quality pictures while featuring professional DSLR equipment. Although it is still far from the technical setting and the aspect of digital cameras, they are highly competitive in terms of output. At one point, Samsung tried releasing the most advanced smart digital camera today – the Galaxy camera with 3G connection. With it, each photograph taken could be posted directly online on your social media pages and it even came with built-in effects so your images come spring to life. Most premium smartphones are now built with the same features and even showcase powerful lenses up to 41-megapixels. But, as we know it’s not all about the pixel count, but how you use the camera itself.

Now, let’s go back. Can we really consider it a distraction? The answer is: It depends. User responsibility will play a vital role. Yes, responsible usage is the most important variable when using a smartphone to avoid making it a distraction, but more of a tool during a photo session. Smartphones come with plenty of mobile applications that can be helpful in your journey. In fact, I have recommended the iPhone 5s for its compelling images and now I use the iPhone 6, and I was surprised by its performance and convenience when taking snaps. But, when abused, it can be a platform that can distract you while undertaking your daily activities. I hope you know your limitations with it, so that you can create the best images possible.

What do you think about smartphones as a tool for photographers? How do you leverage your mobile devices during a photo shoot? I would like to hear your opinion, so make sure to leave a comment below.

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Lady

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Images with DJI Phantom 3 drone

A couple of images taken with the DJI Phantom 3 drone.DJI_0014-Edit DJI_0013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Bridge

  
Image taken with DJI Phantom 3 drone.

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Infrared photos

One more post with my latest infrared images. It’s been some time since I have talked about the way I make IR photos, so I will share some info  about my workflow

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I use the Leica M8 camera for my infrared photos since it’s weak IR filter allows me to shoot IR images handheld most of the times. The Voigtlander Skopar 21mm f.4 with the B+W 092 infrared filter is my main choice for 90% of my infrared work. I try to keep ISO at 160 or 320 since above that noise becomes evident. Focusing the rangefinder camera with the IR filter can be tricky since I have to focus and then move the focus ring a little bit to the left. Sometimes I will bracket focus since the LCD screen of the M8 is terrible for judging correct focus. Despite being able to shoot handheld which is very convenient, my best results come when shot on a tripod at f/8 and f/11.

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For processing the RAW files I start with Capture One software (I own a very old version that came with the M8). I get better results when choosing white balance with this software especially when I am making false color infrared images. I will then use Photoshop for some minor tweaks. If I want to make a black and white image I will use Silver Efex Pro. For false color infrared I will swap the red and blue channels in Photoshop and depending on the subject I will also use Color Efex Pro , especially the Cross Balance effect. For a more vintage look I may employ Analog Efex. The suite from Nik Software is really an essential tool for me for most of my photography work.

About lenses, I will also use the Leica Elmarit 28mm f/2.8 and sometimes the Leica Summarit 35mm f/2.5, but my favourite lens remains the 21mm Skopar (which becomes a 28mm on the M8, a very good focal length for my landscape work).

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