Fields and trees under infrared light

The green color of fields is always a good motive for making some infrared photos. It is spring and the conditions are great for infrared photography (although I would prefer a few clouds on the sky which make a perfect background for a IR landscape image).


All images were taken with the Leica M8 and the Elmarit 28mm f/2.8.

Its a 6-bit coded lens which means the camera can make some corrections which is very good for things like vignetting. Unfortunately, I have noticed on a few images the hot spot effect.

The hot spot effect is a circular light haze in the center of a photo when using an IR filter. It appears on some lenses and it can really ruin the look the image. So, I will return to my beloved Voigtlander Skopar 21mm for IR photography, since this effect ruined two of my best photos.


I didn’t use a tripod this time so my shots were between f/5.6 and f/8. I had to do some focus bracketing which proved very helpful to get the focus right. On a particular photo I had to shoot five different images to get the sharp one. The LCD of the M8 is really ancient and does not help at all determining correct focus especially on sunny conditions. But I can live with that, since no other modern camera allows handheld IR shooting (with the exception of a modified IR camera).


This is my favorite image. A beautiful location, and I will surely return to shoot a panoramic IR photo at the future using IR film.


Depending on the subject, I used both b&w and false color presets. What I really like about infrared, is the way it renders an ordinary scenery. It allows me to revisit familiar locations and do some more photos without heaving to constantly search for new places.

The M8 is a truly unique camera in that matter, it has a great image quality at low ISO and it gives me the ability to work handheld with infrared images. (I must have written this sentence a dozen times in my posts !!)

Enjoy the rest of the images.





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