Infrared photos of Meteora

This is the first post of 2013, and I am back with a few infrared images taken at Meteora, Greece. I’ve taken hundreds of photos on this location, so I thought this time I should try some IR photography in order to get a different look of this wonderful location.

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(Leica M8, Summarit-M 35mm f/2.5, B+W 092 filter)

Shooting at Meteora requires a set of lenses that can cover a large focal length range. If you stay on the road, you may need anything from a 14mm to 300mm (or even longer) in order to get the images you want. My choice of lenses was 21mm, 35mm and 90mm (28,47,120 equivalent). I used both 092 and 093 IR filters, although as expected, the 092 was my main filter.

This time I used a tripod for almost all my photos in order to get sharp images. Especially with the 90mm the tripod was essential since I needed to use apertures of f/8 and f/11, and shutter speeds were pretty slow. Focusing correctly with the 90mm was a burden since the M8 LCD screen is really ancient and you cannot accurately estimate if you nailed focus.

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(Leica M8, Summarit-M 35mm f/2.5, B+W 092 filter)

On a sunny day (which is a prerequisite for shooting IR) the scenes at Meteora require a great dynamic range due to the shadows from the huge rock formations. I could use HDR but I really don’t like its look, so I opted for a contrasty look with a preference on saving highlights.

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(Leica M8, Voigtlander Skopar 21mm f/4, B+W 093 filter)

As you can see from the image above, the 093 filter will provide a very different look from the 092, strictly monochrome images with a greater tonality. With this filter its also possible to get more detail on the background since it can see through haze better.

Process of the photos was made with Capture One software (that came with the M8). Especially with infrared it works much better than Lightroom when you try to alter White Balance.

Enjoy the rest of the images.

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(c)2012 Konstantinos Besios. All Rights Reserved.

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