Fuji X100 infrared images

If you have visited this blog before, you will know that I like infrared photography. It all started with the acquisition of the Leica M8 and the fact that it’s IR filter is very weak. As a consequence I bought the B+W 092 and 093 filters and started shooting infrared. With the M8 you can do infrared images even handheld. It also can do “false color” IR photos which I like very much.
Recently, I also tried shooting infrared films like the Rollei 400 IR and Iford SFX200. So, why not try the same with the Fuji X100?

I used a 67mm Hoya R72 filter which I use with the Fuji GSW690 and Mamiya 645 when shooting IR film. with a 49-67 step up ring everything was ready for the first shots.
The results were better than I expected but of course not on par with the Leica M8 (or a modified IR camera). From my first shots I realized that a tripod is necessary when doing IR with the X100. Sure I can push ISO to 3200 or 6400 and choose large apertures but that would diminish the image quality of the final image. I want my images to be able to be printed at large sizes, so I almost set ISO to 200 when that’s possible (especially for landscapes). Also optimal apertures (f4 to f8) allow me to get the most of the lens and depth of field. So, a tripod is a must.

As you can see from the image above, with long exposure you get the infrared look. It also creates a silky water effect which on the above image was my aim. Now, some technical details.

I shoot exclusively RAW for infrared so that I can have control on the white balance. To set WB on the field, I chose Custom WB and got a reading from the grass (or anything green). You can do the same with software like Lightroom for instance but I prefer to look on the final image with the custom WB on my camera’s screen instead of the reddish look you get with Auto WB.
One great advantage of the X100 is its optical rangefinder which allows me to frame my composition with the filter on camera (just like a rangefinder). Also the fact that with a good old cable release I can use the Bulb mode for very long exposures, reminds me like working with a film camera !!
I have also tried shooting video with the R72 filter fitted but as expected it was too dark (I didn’t have much time to do some further tests, so I will definitely try it again soon).
Enough with words, all the images below were shot with the Fuji X100 camera and the Hoya R72 filter. (I will try to do this week more experiments with the X100 and also try the R72 filter on the Sony NEX).

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4 Responses to Fuji X100 infrared images

  1. Terence Amos says:

    Many thanks for the very good article. As you know I enjoy infrared myself and haven’t had too much luck with my M8 but I’m working on it. Will give it a try with my X100 when it comes back from repair and hopefully fixed from this aperture problem that created havoc with a lot of people.

  2. Craig says:

    Hi,

    I am curious as to how you set the custom white balance?

    Thank you!

  3. Craig says:

    Do I have to use the R72 filter on when I set custom WB? Does it reset the old WB? Thanks!

    • kbesios says:

      I put on the R72 filter and then choose a custom WB by pointing the camera to something green (like grass or foliage). Since I am shooting RAW, i can also do the same by choosing a green spot with the White Balance tool in Lightroom. The main reason I am doing it in camera, is that you get a more easy to preview photo, than the red or magenta cast preview you would get if you shot at Auto WB for example.
      And one more thing, don’t ever look through the IR filter with naked eye since you can cause damage to your eyes. I always use the Live Screen to frame and preview the image.

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