Back in May 2015 I bought a Fuji XE2 and the Fujifilm 18-135mm with the sole purpose of getting the camera converted to Infrared.
Some years prior I converted a Canon S110 to 720nm infrared via Protech Photographic in the UK. The Canon was great fun to use and in choosing to get the Fuji converted (also by Protech) I was increasing the range of photo’s I could take.
With a trip to the Lofoten Islands in Norway coming up I knew that the Fuji was going to be in the bag for the trip. How’d it work out ?
Departing Bodo and arriving on the Lofoten Islands:
Panoramics in Infrared:
Dark clouds – There’s no shortage of moody skies in the Lofoten Islands:
Kvalvika beach, this is a superb location accessed by a short hike:
The camera (Fuji XE2) and lens (18-135mm) combination worked superbly. It’s important to note that in converting a camera to infrared you’re not adding functionality but removing it. I found this motivated me to take pictures and experiment.
The hardest thing was how to process the resulting files. The Fuji Raw file can be pushed and pulled quite a bit giving lots of options. But having never dealt with a full collection of essentially black and white pictures I was unsure how I wanted them to look. The Lofoten Islands are a dramatic landscape so it seemed suited to having a solid black and emphasising the sky.
I could of gone totally the other way and ended up with a very different look and feel. I don’t yet have a sense as to which I prefer and that’s part of the fun in trying something new !
A slightly different processing of the images may of looked something like this:
I travelled with my brother and more pictures from the trip can be seen here. Phil was using a Canon and the amazing Fuji GW690ii. I also used a D800E and the very capable Ricoh GR:
And for camera conversion to infrared in the UK I’ve used Protech twice:
david. August 31st.