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IR birds, I might just have lost the plot this time!!

I spent a very happy day at the Hawk Conservancy Trust on Saturday. Before I left home I had a thought that it might be fun to take my IR converted E-1 with me. I was really not to convinced that this was a good idea, I leave you all to tell me if the idea has some merit.






This one is a heavy crop thanks to me not noticing a head in the foreground!




(It is a bit noisy thanks to the crop and shooting at ISO 400)



Finally a couple of portraits:








Like I said in the title, I might just have lost the plot!


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Re: IR birds, I might just have lost the plot this time!!

I thought that IR was all about long exposures!
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Re: IR birds, I might just have lost the plot this time!!

Chris - I like all of these but particularly enjoy the third one, very engaging. I intend to take my IR camera to Whipsnade so maybe I am losing the plot as well!!
Benvendetta - It is if use use a filter on a camera. If you use a converted camera you can use it in the same way as normal one, same shutter speeds etc, that's why I bought a converted one, it gives me more experimental options.
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Re: IR birds, I might just have lost the plot this time!!

Dear Dave,

It surprised me what I could get away with, the benefits of having a converted body showing. Still not that convinced that I should repeat the exercise.

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Re: IR birds, I might just have lost the plot this time!!

Hi Chris,

It's great to experiment, sometimes it throws up a nice surprise. Generally, these partially work for me. By that I mean they are interesting and represent a different and creative approach to a familiar subject. This alone ensures they catch the eye and warrant a second look but in truth I can't say I particularly like it, apart from the novelty value.

Apart from No3 that is. As I said, sometimes experimenting throws up a nice surprise and in this case the treatment seems to really suit the subject. It enhances the white of that magnificent head and helps to amplify that piercing gaze.

The others are interesting but, to me, no more than that. This one is stunning, a real cracker. So is the excercise worth repeating? If there's the chance of getting just one result like this, you bet it is!
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Re: IR birds, I might just have lost the plot this time!!

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Chris - I like all of these but particularly enjoy the third one, very engaging. I intend to take my IR camera to Whipsnade so maybe I am losing the plot as well!!
Benvendetta - It is if use use a filter on a camera. If you use a converted camera you can use it in the same way as normal one, same shutter speeds etc, that's why I bought a converted one, it gives me more experimental options.
I didn't know that - thanks. I have only ever used an IR filter, which does mean long exposures.
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Re: IR birds, I might just have lost the plot this time!!

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I didn't know that - thanks. I have only ever used an IR filter, which does mean long exposures.
That's why I am currently getting a Pen E-PL1 IR converted for the hire stock. The camera will be able to shoot using 'normal' apertures and shutter speeds in daylight.

I must admit the first shot here is the first action IR shot I think I have ever seen!

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Re: IR birds, I might just have lost the plot this time!!

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That's why I am currently getting a Pen E-PL1 IR converted for the hire stock. The camera will be able to shoot using 'normal' apertures and shutter speeds in daylight.

I must admit the first shot here is the first action IR shot I think I have ever seen!

Ian
do add the EVF to that...

Like those..the barn owl looks good in IR...? some flight shots
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Re: IR birds, I might just have lost the plot this time!!

Chris 3 is Utterly AWESOME ! what a great day you had !
What is the bird in 1. ??? its huge
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Re: IR birds, I might just have lost the plot this time!!

2, 3 and 4 work very well, You wouldn't guess they were IR. I think I prefer bird shots this way, certainly a lot more interesting to look at to me.
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