Infrared images with Leica M8 and B+W 092 filter

Once again some more infrared images. For the readers of this blog, you will already know by now my infrared combo (Leica M8, Voigtlander Skopar 21mm f4, B+W 092 filter). For more info about shooting infrared you can look at my previous posts, since I have repeatedly written about the way I am doing IR photos.


I also own the B+W 093 filter which is very strong, cannot be shoot handheld even with the Leica M8 and cannot produce “false color” images, just black and white. Although I consider it to be a more genuine IR filter, I rarely use it since the 092 gives me the IR look and the “false color” option.

I have also done images with the B+W 099 (orange) infrared filter but this is even more specialized. It creates magenta foliage with green skies and it takes a lot of effort with color swapping to produce a “not so out of this world” photo. On the other hand if you don’t mess with altering white balance, it’s orange look can be handy for very specific subjects.


As you will see from this images of this post, the Voigltander Skopar 21mm f4 will show flare ranging from small to extreme flare polygons. Sometimes it’s becoming a part of the image, but in many cases it can mess a good image. The IR filter will contribute to flare, and I try to deal with it the usual way, by blocking the sun with my hand. That will require most times a tripod since the shutter speeds with the 092 filter are slow (1/15 to 1/30 on a sunny day at f5.6 aperture) and shooting with one hand will make the camera more prone to movements.

When I shoot with the Leica Elmarit 28mm f2.8, I get much less flare but due to the 1.33 crop factor of the M8 it’s becoming a 37mm lens, which is not always suitable for landscapes. I read excellent reviews about the new Leica Elmar 21mm and I am sure it’s a stunning lens, but at five times the price of the Skopar it’s really not an option right now. I consider the Skopar to be my best lens when it comes to value for money and on the M8 or film you don’t have to deal with corners problems, so it’s a keeper.

The use of the tripod is not absolutely neccesary when shooting infrared with the M8, but lately I am trying to use it more since at large prints you can see the effect of handheld shooting. Also at f5.6 depth of field may become an issue since focusing with infrared light requires a different focus approach, so when I choose f8 to increase my Dof, the tripod becomes a necessity.

Anyway, here are the rest of the images.





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