Infrared Photography with Full Spectrum Converted Camera

 

I just acquired a Olympus E-PL5  full spectrum / infrared converted digital camera.  The standard internal hot mirror filter was removed and replaced with a clear mirror that allows UV/visible/infrared light to pass through.  To take infra red photo, an external infrared filter is attached to the lens.

I also bought some infrared filters like B+W 090, B+W 092 and Tiffen #87.

Below are some of the photos taken with my newly acquired Olympus E-PL5 full spectrum camera with 9-18mm lens mounted.  A B+W 090 or 092 infrared filter is attached to the front of the lens.  These photos were taken on a fishing boat along Sarawak River and South China Sea.

B+W 090 Infrared Filter

I love the B+W 090 light red or goldie filter, which corresponds to Wratten 25.  It increases the contrast of the photos taken.  It suppresses green and blue colors, while yellow, orange and red colors are passing through the filter easily, green/blue subjects appear in darker shades and yellow/red subjects are in lighter shades of grey.  Therefore, the blue sky appears dramatically dark and white clouds becomes a prominent feature of the landscape.   Green foliage appears in yellow/golden tones during faux color processing.

As I was standing on a boat sailing along Sarawak River or away from the mainland in the ocean, all the photos below were taken hand-held.

Below: Dark sky, white clouds, and dark sea.  Photo taken far away in the ocean.  Mount Santubong can be seen at the far right and Bako national park at the middle left.  Olympus E-PL5 full spectrum camera with B+W 090 filter,  f/11 1/160 sec ISO 200 9mm

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Below: Captured from a fishing boat sailing along the middle of  the entrance of Sarawak River.  Olympus E-PL5 full spectrum camera with B+W 090 filter, f/11 1/160 sec ISO 200 9mm

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Below: Captured from the middle of  Sarawak River. Olympus E-PL5 full spectrum camera with B+W 090 filter,  f/9 1/250 sec ISO 200 9mm

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Below: Captured at the mouth of Sarawak River. Olympus E-PL5 full spectrum camera with B+W 090 filter, f/9 1/400 sec. ISO-200 18mm

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Below: Captured at the mouth of Sarawak River. Olympus E-PL5 full spectrum camera with B+W 090 filter, f/11 1/250 sec. ISO-200 18mm

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Below: A infrared view of Mura Terbas fishing village from the ocean. Olympus E-PL5 full spectrum camera with B+W 090 filter, f/11 1/200 sec. ISO-200 18mm

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Below: Sarawak River, the river that passing through the city of Kuching.   Olympus E-PL5 full spectrum camera with B+W 090 filter, f/9 1/250 sec. ISO-200 9mm

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Below: Muara Tebas fishing village at Sarawak River, a place where you can find a Chinese temple, Ching San Yeng, and overlooks the Malay kampung below.   Olympus E-PL5 full spectrum camera with B+W 090 filter, f/9 1/320 sec. ISO-200 18mm

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B+W 092 Infrared Filter

This nearly opaque infrared filter, B+W 092 (89B equivalent), is a “dark red” filter.  Visible light up to 650nm is blocked and only transmits around 50% of the radiation just below 700nm, while as it transmits more than 90% of light in the range from 730nm to 2000nm.  When held in front of a light source, it looks dark red.

Although this filter provides a better choice for false-IR or faux colors photography, on my full spectrum converted Olympus E-PL5 camera, most photographs captured looks more like black and white.

Below: Muara Tebas fishing village at Sarawak River, a place where you can find a Chinese temple, Ching San Yeng, and overlooks the Malay kampung below.   Olympus E-PL5 full spectrum camera with B+W 092 filter, f/11 1/80 sec. ISO-200 18mm

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Below: Muara Tebas fishing village near the month of Sarawak River.   Olympus E-PL5 full spectrum camera with B+W 092 filter, f/11 1/100 sec. ISO-200 18mm

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Below: A infrared view far away from the ocean.  Mount Santubong can be seen at the right while as Bako national park is at the left.  Olympus E-PL5 full spectrum camera with B+W 092 filter, f/11 1/200 sec. ISO-200 18mm

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Below: A infrared view of Bako national park far away from the ocean.  Olympus E-PL5 full spectrum camera with B+W 092 filter, f/9 1/160 sec. ISO-200 9mm

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Below: A infrared view of Muara Tebas fishing village.  Olympus E-PL5 full spectrum camera with B+W 092 filter, f/11 1/160 sec. ISO-200 9mm

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2 thoughts on “Infrared Photography with Full Spectrum Converted Camera

  1. too fantastic…I’m curious about the make-date of your camera, I had read that the manufacturers were steadily engineering the infrared-gathering capability out of cameras (some years ago), which is why I went looking for my older Olympus, and which still does a great job.

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    1. Thanks. It seems that Olympus cameras capture better infrared or faux color images. I even tried the newer E-M5 Mark II (without converted) and captures better images that some other branded cameras. I am very happy with my full spectrum converted E-PL5 old model camera.

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