I have been exclusively shooting infrared images on my last photo trip. In addition to my classic IR gear (Leica M8, Voigtlander Skopar 21mm f/4, B+W 092 IR filter) I have added the Leica Summarit-M 35mm f/2.5 and the B+W 093 IR filter (which I had not used for months).
The 35mm Summarit has narrower depth of field than the 21mm, so I employed a tripod to shoot at f/8 or f/11 in order to ensure that I had focused correctly. As I have many times stated, the LCD screen of the M8 is really horrible in trying to check your focus, and since with IR the lens focus point is useless I prefer to shoot at smaller apertures and use a tripod.
You can see two different interpretation of the same image. The classic b&w conversion and the false color conversion with a Cross Balance effect added. Each has its own beauty.
Now, you can easily see the completely different look of the B+W 093 filter here. This filter cuts off the 700-800nm band which means you cannot convert to false color, its strictly black and white. But also it can create a more atmospheric image.
Even with the M8, this filter will require the use of tripod for almost any shot (unless you want to shoot wide open at a higher ISO which means focus bracketing).
The image above is an example of shooting wide open at f/2.5 handheld. It took five images, each one with different focusing point to find the good one when I returned home and viewed them on my monitor. Surely, not something I want to do frequently.
Another example of the unique rendering of the 093 filter. This one is straight out of the camera. I could add some contrast but I really liked the soft tones on this one.
So, the 093 seems to be back in business. I really liked the results on a bright sunny day, and this new IR look motivates me to also take out of my bag the very special B+W 099 orange IR filter which really produces very distinct images. I will probably post some examples tomorrow.
Enjoy the rest of the photos (all taken with the 093 filter)
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