Meteora under infrared light

Meteora is one of my most visited locations, due to its unique landscape beauty and historical interest (there lots of monasteries built on the huge rock formations.

I have shot hundreds of images there, and the best ones are during early morning or before sunset (the rule for landscape photography !). On my last visit during noon, the sun was harsh so I decided to make some infrared photos.



Although I can shoot IR images handheld with the Leica M8, lately I bring the tripod with me, so I can shoot at f/11 and be sure that my image is sharp and has large DoF. The 21mm Voigtlander remains my favorite IR lens, but I have also stated using the Leica Summarit 35mm. It’s a much better performer, and on the M8 is a 47mm equivalent. I am using this lens to shoot mutliple photos and stitch them later using Autopano Pro. This way I end up with a file which has enough megapixels to create a large print.

I recently printed some of my best IR photos and when I went for sizes over 60cm wide, the image quality was not what I wanted to. That is to be expected since the M8 is a 10mp camera and also there is evident noise when shooting IR with this camera even at base ISO. So, stitching is the way to go for making large prints. It does not always work, but for the majority of my images the results are great.

If I wanted to avoid stitching, I could use either the Fuji GSW690 or my large format camera with Rollei infrared film, but it’s a very thin emulsion, difficult to handle and prone to scratches. That means a significant amount of time in post process, and that is something I want to avoid. Therefore, stitching is the easiest way for me.

Enjoy the rest of the images.






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2 Responses to Meteora under infrared light

  1. G.A. says:

    Nice place; the one before the last, the best. It gets some mood on the rocks and the sky is pretty nice.
    Solution to get larger images?
    Medium format gives more than enough for 1 meter wide prints.
    Hasselblad Xpan is a wonderful tool for panoramic views.
    35 mm infrared film works ok and can give you a good size print.
    That on the affordable side. Don’t think I would refuse a Hasselblad H5D.
    For the full framed, you wouldn’t get something really big from them and M8 dngs give 59Mb file tiffs after lightroom, quite enough for a poster.
    There is also the option of getting 14 bits uncompressed raw files and process them.

    • kbesios says:

      I total agree about medium format. I use a 6×17 Gaoersi camera for panoramic shots and both the Plaubel Makina 67 and Fuji GSW690 have produced excellent prints over 1 meter wide. Still, I find infrared film too delicate (many scratches). So, I am currently using stitching for infrared work.

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