Infrared images with Leica M8

It’s time once again for some new infrared images. The Leica M8 with the Voigtlander Skopar 21mm and B+W 092 filter are my standard infrared combo and this time I decided to take a drive around the fields. It’s winter so not many trees with green leaves around, but there’s plenty of green color on some fields.
My spare time was limited, so I shot all images handheld. That’s what I really like on the M8, you can do IR images at base ISO with speeds of 1/15 and 1/30 on a clear day (remember that’s this not a modified IR camera). Being a rangefinder also means that I can go away even with 1/8 and still have an acceptable image. Of course it’s better to shoot on a tripod especially if you are going to print.

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Since I was shooting handheld my aperture choice was f5.6, so just for safety I did the same scene twice, I changed the focus distance on each shot to ensure that I had focus precisely. On infrared, the focus distance it’s not the same as a normal image, I usually focus and then turn the focus ring slightly to the right direction, that usually is the correct focus point. Also, I decided to keep my ISO to 160 (base ISO for the M8), since I have noticed that even at 320 ISO the noise is evident.

The Leica M8 is a very special camera, since I can do IR photography and at the same time just by removing the IR filter, have a great rangefinder for street and landscape images. It sure beats the M9 for my personal style of photography !!

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2 Responses to Infrared images with Leica M8

  1. Leo Hong says:

    Nice pictures. Do you shoot in Raw or Jpg? What is the difference?
    Thanks,
    Leo

    • kbesios says:

      Thank you Leo. I shoot infrared always RAW, because I can experiment with the White Balance in Lightroom. By changing the values of white balance, you can get very interesting results

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