I have just had my Canon 5D converted for use as an Infra Red camera and I am quite excited about the prospects and possibilities it brings.
Infra Red light is light not visible to the human eye although sensors of digital cameras can detect it. Manufacturers build in a filter that stops IR light reaching the sensor. During the conversion this blocking filter is removed and a specific IR filter is installed. In my case it is one which also allows a small amount of visible light through. This gives me the option of outputting an IR image in black and white or in partial colour, often referred to false colour. This is quite an appropriate term as the options during post-production can be many.
One thing I can say with certainty is that IR images I produce will be totally different from anything you have seen from me before and indeed such images may be an acquired taste.
Those of you who know me and my photographic habits will be well aware of my aversion to shooting in the middle of the day but IR photography is better carried out when the sun is high, the sky blue and the contrast harsh. It is well known that the ideal time of the year for shooting in IR is spring and early summer when foliage and grass are fresh and verdant.
I have ideas and locations in mind and am very much looking forward to seeing what I can create. It will be like having an artists palette, with me able to chose just how I want an image to be presented.
My 5DIR only arrived at the weekend but I took the opportunity to pop to Hyde Hall on Sunday when the weather was bright and sunny just to have a play with it. Below are a couple of examples. I am inclined towards the blue and white appearance but that may change as I become more adept with the camera and the particular requirements of post-processing.