Infrared Street Photography 1


Hey, Jon here with Prime Studios Photography, and I recently got my Fuji X-E2 converted into a full spectrum camera. This means, depending on which filter I put on the camera I can shoot in both infrared and ultraviolet. So here’s a picture of my Sony a9 in infrared, before I converted it into black and white. and keep in mind that this entire camera is all black. And my Peak Design strap is also… all black. But in infrared it appears all different. You can see the differences in the metal, rubber, and plastic parts of the camera. Here is my devilishly handsome self with my black Fujifilm cap on, which doesn’t appear black at all in infrared. But I do have to say, I look quite stunning. I actually wanted to start shooting in ultraviolet to see what that’s like. Turns out it’s pretty difficult. There’s not a lot of ultraviolet light around. Here is I zoom in you can actually see a lot of fuzziness, a lot of softness. and this is definitely focused on this area right here. And you can also see a big difference between where the sunlight is hitting and where it’s not. And just the dramatic difference of ultraviolet light. Ultraviolet light also seems to make a clear blue sky look pretty overcast. and everything just looks darker. For example in this photo, which is in ultraviolet, which is about 360 nano-meters is what it is, The Aztec theater sign is wuite dark right here. Also, you can see the sky is very bright. But if we look at a shot of the Aztec theater sign in infrared we can see it is much brighter with the sky being much darker. I do have to say it was a lot of fun to take this camera out and put it through it’s paces. Doing some street photography. Anything that has chlorophyll, anything that’s green, shows up super white, in infrared, and the sky as super black. I decided to shoot mainly in infrared, aminly because it was way easier. There was just not enough light in ultraviolet. So one example is this gentleman here, whis one’s in ultraviolet. And this is in the shade. It’s a super sunny day. In normal light, in a normal visible photo, this would be a shutter speed of about 1/800th of a second, 1/1000th of a second, At f/1.4 and 6400 ISO. But at thos settings I can only get 1/6th of a second, which is why it’s so blurry. But if I switch to a photo of him in infrared, it’s much easier to take, the shutter speed is much higher. And here he is embracing a statue of Jesus I believe, on this bench, Apparently he really, really loves Jesus. Shooting in infrared yields some pretty interesting shots. So this is a sculpture, in the middle of the city and it’s a bright orange, almost a fluorescent orange. and here it just appears as white. and what’s more interesting, is if I zoom in, you can see these spots here, which are touch ups of the paint, which are almost impossible to see, when you’re just looking at the statue. But in infrared they just pop right out. Also, the fact that you have a very dark or black sky with this nice (gradation) makes for a pretty cool photo. You also get things like this young gentleman here who is apparently a Air Force cadet, or recent graduate, and, He has a very dark uniform on, this is like s super, super dark blue, his pants and his jacket. But in infrared they appear very light. Also, you can see the disdain of this woman in that I’m taking their photo, very clearly, in infrared. I did see a jet liner flying over so I decided to try to grab some photos of it. Which looks pretty cool, so if I zoom in here… I got quite a bit of detail. Now, keep in mind the Fuji X-E2 is only a 16 megapixel camera. I was using an adapted Pentax 50mm f/1.4. and so it’s roughly equivalent to 75mm. But it’s interesting. I don’t remember this black area under planes. I don’t know, I really want to get an up close look at some airliners in infrared to see what their paint scheme looks like. Now I also came upon some Police Officersand this one is riding his bike very quickly past me. And because I’m not using auto focus at all, (Manual focus),I wasn’t quite able to get him in focus, but I swear he’s smiling a little bit there…maybe. So I came upon some more police officers, and what’s interesting is that their uniforms here are actually black. and in infrared they appear white. You can see the white leaves and everything behind them. You can even see a little bit through his pocket here, you can see his notepad. They were helping out this gentleman here who was in a bad way, and I was sort of interested in taking that guy’s photo but, I got the distinct impression that they really didn’t want me to do that. So, uh… I’ve generally had goo experiences with police officers downtown,so I thought I would just be polite, and not try to take that guys photo. Now this photo was pretty cool to take because the moon was visible during the day and if I zoom in here, You can actually see some details on the moon. And that’s because the light reflecting off the moon is from the sun and so it contains a lot of infrared light, and that compared to the contrasting black sky and the sculpture here, makes for a pretty cool photo. I also have a Aerochrome infrared filter. Which is meant to replicate Kodak Aerochrome slide film. and it does a pretty good job of it. In this particular photo I did auto white balance, and that tends to render the colors as they should be, this sort of orange and red and blue. Apparently Kodak Aerochrome was originally used to find camouflaged enemies In a forest on a battleground. So, that’s kind of interesting. When I looked at the LCD screen on the camera I wasn’t really happy with what I saw so I really only took this one photo. But now that I pull it up on the computer, it looks pretty interesting. Pretty good…So I think I’ll go out and do more with just this filter. Photos like this haunt me. I mean, the focus is right here. It should be on the sign, it’s just a little bit off. And…I’ll probably go back and take it again, but what’s really cool is the (gradation) right here, of the sky. I don’t know. It would be nice to have a more interesting subject. But, it’s pretty cool. and once again in infrared you getyou know, just this white plants and dark sky. and this nice (gradation). And I’m looking forward to experimenting with it more. So that was just my first outing withmy newly converted Fuji X-E2 Full Spectrum Camera. If you guys have any questions, or comments, let me know, I’m going to of course continue shooting with this camera and learning more. about infrared and ultraviolet. And hopefully I’ll be able to make some tutorial videos on this kind of stuff. But just let me know what you’re interested in seeing. I hope you enjoyed this video and thanks for watching!

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