Pillars in Infrared Light

One more infrared image, this time a special one. A construction of pillars just a few meters from a beach really make a great subject. I have taken a few photos before at this location and yesterday I also tried a few shots.

While I expect my Pan F roll to end so that I can develop it (I shot the pillars with a 15mm at very close distance), I am posting today an infrared photo.


By converting it to false color infrared (just swap the red with blue channel) I think I got a very dramatic representation of the scenery. It was just after rain, so the sky had this wonderful blue cast clouds which I like very much. Although I didn’t have a tripod, I managed to get a 1/24 speed at f5.6. With infrared, I try to shoot always at base ISO (160), since the images are prone to high noise.

I took three different photos, and every time I turned the focus knob a little bit to the left. The reason for that is that with infrared, the focus point is not the same like normal images. Older lenses had a red mark to help you nail focus, but the lenses I own for the Leica don’t have this mark. Furthermore, the ancient LCD screen of the M8 is far from ideal for understanding if the image was focused correctly, so a focus bracketing is necessary. Of course, I could have used a tripod and shot with a smaller aperture, but I wanted to get the best sharpness and quality possible, so I used f/5.6.

I don’t really know how good the image will look on monitors, but I have printed it at 18 inches wide and it looks fantastic. The wall below the pillars is so razor sharp and with so much detail. I have tried a lot of cameras but the sharpness I get with the Leica M8, is just beyond anything I’ve seen. Probably the lack of the AA filter in combination with a very thin IR filter on the sensor is responsible for that.

The Voigtlander Skopar 21mm f4 is a spectacular lens, and if you consider it’s price, it’s really phenomenal. I am sure the new Elmar 21mm f3.4 is better, but the price difference is huge, and of course the quality difference is not many times better, so I am sticking with the Skopar.

With Lightroom 4, I easily corrected the distortion using the profile for the Leica Elmarit 21mm. It’s just one click and by far easier than doing a manual correction.

So, that’s the story behind the image, I will probably have the chance to go for a photo trip this weekend, and take some new images for next week’s posts.

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