FUJI XE2: The Lofoten Islands in Infrared.

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:

Bodø, Norway 2015.

Bodø, Norway 2015.

On the Bodø to Moskenes ferry.

On the Bodø to Moskenes ferry.

Kabelvåg, Lofoten Islands. Norway 2015.

Kabelvåg, Lofoten Islands. Norway 2015.

Kabelvåg, Lofoten Islands. Norway 2015.

Kabelvåg, Lofoten Islands. Norway 2015.

Panoramics in Infrared:

Panorama from near the Munkebu Hut, Lofoten Islands. Norway 2015.

Panorama from near the Munkebu Hut, Lofoten Islands. Norway 2015.

Panorama from Ryten of Kvalvika beach. Lofoten Island, Norway 2015.

Panorama from Ryten of Kvalvika beach. Lofoten Island, Norway 2015.

Panorama coming back down from Ryten. Lofoten Island, Norway 2015.

Panorama coming back down from Ryten. Lofoten Island, Norway 2015.

Near Flakstad. Lofoten Islands, Norway 2015.

Near Flakstad. Lofoten Islands, Norway 2015.

Dark clouds – There’s no shortage of moody skies in the Lofoten Islands:

Kvalvika beach. Lofoten Island, Norway 2015.

Kvalvika beach. Lofoten Island, Norway 2015.

The Lofoten Islands. Cliffs and clouds.

The Lofoten Islands. Cliffs and clouds.

Between Eggum and Unstad. A cloudy day on the Lofoten Islands. Norway 2015.

Between Eggum and Unstad. A cloudy day on the Lofoten Islands. Norway 2015.

Uttakleiv Beach ,Vestvågøy. Norway 2015.

Uttakleiv Beach ,Vestvågøy. Norway 2015.

Dark clouds on the horizon. Seen leaving the Lofoten Islands.

Dark clouds on the horizon. Seen leaving the Lofoten Islands.

Kvalvika beach, this is a superb location accessed by a short hike:

Kvalvika beach in infrared.

Kvalvika beach in infrared.

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:

Leaving the Lofoten Islands.

Leaving the Lofoten Islands.

Rain and a digger blocking the road.

Rain and a digger blocking the road.

Between Eggum and Unstad.

Between Eggum and Unstad.

Leaving the Lofoten Islands.

Leaving the Lofoten Islands.

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:

http://www.davidarmitage.net/Landscapes/Lofoten-Islands-Norway-2015/

http://philarmitage.net/blog/2015/08/18/summer-on-the-lofoten-islands/

And for camera conversion to infrared in the UK I’ve used Protech twice:

http://www.protechrepairs.co.uk

david. August 31st.

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