Capturing motion with a converted camera   Leave a comment

Here is perhaps the most compelling reason to go with an IR camera conversion rather than using external IR filters. With a converted camera, you can stop motion since the camera works virtually the same as it did before the conversion. This is not possible with external filters. You can’t achieve a shutter speed fast enough to stop the action, and in most cameras, you won’t be able to see your subject in the viewfinder because of the super-dark filter. This was shot in the coastal community of Los Osos, California. I saw the great egret flying around the bay, switched to my Canon 70-200 f2.8 L which performs flawlessly with Canon 20D converted to 665nm enhanced color infrared (even though the camera was calibrated to focus with my 24-70 2.8 L) and waited for it to fly by me. I just don’t think this shot is possible without a converted camera. The image underwent my standar IR processing method, with a white point and black point set in Photoshop’s levels, then a red/blue channel swap in the channel mixer.

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