Having received my IR filter just this afternoon, I was compelled to try it out even with the lack of knowledge on the right settings, but like a child with a brand new toy, I had a go at IR nonetheless.
Still, I wouldn’t want to be all technical on how this filter works (maybe next time… then again, just Google it like I did LOL) but I will say what settings I used and stuff…
The area I took these shots were just on my front lawn… just imagine how limited I am in terms of subjects and creativity. So, these photos won’t win you over just like that; I’ll be better at this LOL and I will win you over.
Of course, I used a Nikon D5000 (that’s all I have anyway LOL) and used a Sigma 30mm f/1.4 which is on my Nikon body 80% of the time. With IR, since you block most of the visible light, you’re gonna have to compensate with a slower shutter speed, so going hand held on this one is a no-no. I used my cheap-o tripod (praying every few seconds that it won’t tumble to my Nikon’s demise). Since the D5000 is doesn’t go beyond 30seconds (IIRC), I chose TIME (or BULB) and used my, so aptly named, IR remote, to trigger it; this is also great to minimize the shakes.
These two shots were taken with my IPhone:
Since I purchased a 77mm IR filter, I used a step up ring (62mm-77mm) as my plan in the future is to purchase filters on the 77mm size to accommodate my future Sigma 70-200mm; that way I save money on filters.
These next two shots are the unprocessed photos shot at around 2mins and f/8:
I will admit, my first few shots were pitch black because I forgot to compensate for the minimum light reaching the sensor; fear quickly covered my very existence, because there were some talks that the D5000, even with an IR filter, won’t produce desirable photos. I thought I wasted my money! Thankfully I realized before I broke down in tears.
After post processing these two IR photos (I took a lot more, but they were the only good one sadly) I learned it was waaaaay more difficult that I anticipated; Ironically, I thought shooting with the filter would be much more difficult, whereas editing them with be a breeze… it was just vice versa!
Anyways, here are the results; I will have to hone my skills on this genre of photography, but not too shabby for my first time, right?
Will have another crack at this tomorrow hopefully. And hopefully in a park this time.