One more post with my latest infrared images. It’s been some time since I have talked about the way I make IR photos, so I will share some info about my workflow
I use the Leica M8 camera for my infrared photos since it’s weak IR filter allows me to shoot IR images handheld most of the times. The Voigtlander Skopar 21mm f.4 with the B+W 092 infrared filter is my main choice for 90% of my infrared work. I try to keep ISO at 160 or 320 since above that noise becomes evident. Focusing the rangefinder camera with the IR filter can be tricky since I have to focus and then move the focus ring a little bit to the left. Sometimes I will bracket focus since the LCD screen of the M8 is terrible for judging correct focus. Despite being able to shoot handheld which is very convenient, my best results come when shot on a tripod at f/8 and f/11.
For processing the RAW files I start with Capture One software (I own a very old version that came with the M8). I get better results when choosing white balance with this software especially when I am making false color infrared images. I will then use Photoshop for some minor tweaks. If I want to make a black and white image I will use Silver Efex Pro. For false color infrared I will swap the red and blue channels in Photoshop and depending on the subject I will also use Color Efex Pro , especially the Cross Balance effect. For a more vintage look I may employ Analog Efex. The suite from Nik Software is really an essential tool for me for most of my photography work.
About lenses, I will also use the Leica Elmarit 28mm f/2.8 and sometimes the Leica Summarit 35mm f/2.5, but my favourite lens remains the 21mm Skopar (which becomes a 28mm on the M8, a very good focal length for my landscape work).
Enjoy the rest of the images.
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