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infrared pics from converted E-P3

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by elj4176, May 28, 2013.

  1. elj4176

    elj4176 Mu-43 Regular

    70
    Mar 23, 2012
    I still use my E-M5 more but I thought i would take a few pics with my E-P3 while I was visiting friends in the Catskills. These are just a few from the set.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/elj4176/8867859329/" title="Infrared - Halcottsville, NY by elj4176, on Flickr"> 8867859329_60116dfbb4_z. "640" height="480" alt="Infrared - Halcottsville, NY"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/elj4176/8867862749/" title="Infrared - Halcottsville, NY by elj4176, on Flickr"> 8867862749_36cbfca6dc_z. "640" height="481" alt="Infrared - Halcottsville, NY"></a>

    really wish the wires were not in the way
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/elj4176/8868473440/" title="Infrared - Halcottsville, NY by elj4176, on Flickr"> 8868473440_5f0509d653_z. "480" height="640" alt="Infrared - Halcottsville, NY"></a>
     
  2. rklepper

    rklepper Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Dec 19, 2012
    Iowa, USA
    Robert
    Can you expand on the conversion. Cost? What kind of conversion? Who did the conversion?
     
  3. elj4176

    elj4176 Mu-43 Regular

    70
    Mar 23, 2012
    Sure. I went with the 665nm filter from Precision Camera. I *think* Lifepixel has a similar filter but they call it the 'super color' filter.

    Cost to convert the E-P3 was $200 plus shipping. They were fast and set a custom white balance for me. I sent my old 14-42 II with it and they calibrated it to that lens.

    This was really the first time I had a chance to use it so I'm still figuring out the right/best way to post process the files. These ones just have the green and red channels swapped.
     
  4. rklepper

    rklepper Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Dec 19, 2012
    Iowa, USA
    Robert
    Thank you. I really want to get into some ir photography and this looks nice.
     
  5. twokatmew

    twokatmew Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 1, 2012
    Lansing, MI, US
    Margaret
    Really nice shots! Thanks for sharing. I've been using a Hoya R72 on my E-M5, but I'm thinking someday when I have an older body, I may have it converted. Still undecided on the filter, but I'd decided to use Spencer's. Never heard of Precision Camera, so I just googled them. Thx for sharing your experience and photos. :biggrin: BTW, what's the custom white balance they set for you. Is it one you chose or they recommended. Just curious. :smile:

    Precision Camera - Infrared Digital Camera Conversion Service
     
  6. elj4176

    elj4176 Mu-43 Regular

    70
    Mar 23, 2012
    Glad I could share some info. I'd never heard of Precision before either but I wouldn't hesitate to use them again. They had less options than Lifepixel but they were a bit less expensive and had a fast turnaround time (which is why I went with them).

    Now I'm off to turn some of those into b&w's ...

    edit
    They set the custom white balance without input from me. I can check settings when I get home if you want?
     
  7. twokatmew

    twokatmew Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 1, 2012
    Lansing, MI, US
    Margaret
    I was curious, because I know those who shoot JPEG often set a custom white balance on grass, and grass can be different shades of green depending on weather, etc. But I guess it might be nice to have a default white balance set to something close. :smile: Yes, if you wouldn't mind checking, I'd appreciate it.
     
  8. Petrochemist

    Petrochemist Mu-43 Top Veteran

    651
    Mar 21, 2013
    N Essex, UK
    Mike
    3 great shots, not surprisingly way better than anything I've got with an unconverted camera. No 2 is my favorite.
     
  9. twokatmew

    twokatmew Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 1, 2012
    Lansing, MI, US
    Margaret
    Yes,#2 is my favorite too. There's so much going on in that image, and the colors are fantastic. :biggrin:
     
  10. LowriderS10

    LowriderS10 Monkey with a camera.

    May 19, 2013
    Canada
    Excellent shots! 1 and 2 are my favourites...how do you get blue skies? I always see B/W IR pics...was that done in post?
     
  11. elj4176

    elj4176 Mu-43 Regular

    70
    Mar 23, 2012
    I shot in jpeg + raw. These are the jpegs with the red & green channels swapped. Here is #2 w/o the channels swapped:

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/elj4176/8867645036/" title="Infrared - Halcottsville,NY by elj4176, on Flickr"> 8867645036_de94cc1129_z. "640" height="481" alt="Infrared - Halcottsville,NY"></a>

    If I set the wb to auto wb then the images come out reddish. I haven't tried to process the raw files yet.

    twokatmew:
    I checked on the custom wb and I'm not sure I can tell you much. The camera was set on wb1 when I got it back so I have left it there. If you can tell me where to look in the menus then I can tell you tell what it is set at.
     
  12. LowriderS10

    LowriderS10 Monkey with a camera.

    May 19, 2013
    Canada
    Very cool! I've been wanting to get into IR photography for years...one of these days a cheap body will come along and I'm going to be all over it! :D
     
  13. elj4176

    elj4176 Mu-43 Regular

    70
    Mar 23, 2012
    Same here. Once I got the E-M5 my E-P3 just sat. I saw some nice IR on G+ from a converted E-P3 so I decided to make use of it.
     
  14. slothead

    slothead Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 14, 2012
    Frederick, MD
    Very good work elj. Unless you already included it in one of your posts (that I might have missed), can you tell us who did your conversion and what wavelength filter was used? I'm assuming you used PS/CS to swap channels.

    Thanks,
     
  15. elj4176

    elj4176 Mu-43 Regular

    70
    Mar 23, 2012
    Precision Camera did the conversion. I chose the 665nm filter because I wanted the option to have some color.
    I used Gimp to swap the channels this time but I will use Darktable to process the raw files.
     
  16. twokatmew

    twokatmew Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 1, 2012
    Lansing, MI, US
    Margaret
    I don't have an E-P3, but I just poked around in the menu settings on my E-PM2:

    Go to sprocket menu G > funky_symbol/Color/WB > WB

    Now scroll down, and on my E-PM2, I see three options at the bottom. I suspect you're looking for CWB. But I could be wrong.... Just guessing here, as I usually shoot RAW and fix white balance in PP. No problem if you can't find it or would rather spend your energy on something else. :smile: Thanks so much for sharing your photos and more info on IR. :biggrin:
     
  17. elj4176

    elj4176 Mu-43 Regular

    70
    Mar 23, 2012
    ok - thanks for the info. When i looked at cwb yesterday I thought it said 5600K but I'll double check it. I wasn't using cwb but I might try it and see if its better than the wb1.
     
  18. twokatmew

    twokatmew Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 1, 2012
    Lansing, MI, US
    Margaret
    Thanks! Mine is set to 5400K, but there are the wb1 and wb2 options, and there may be other ways to set a custom WB knowing Olympus. :wink:
     
  19. uci2ci

    uci2ci Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 22, 2012
    Los Angeles, CA
    Sam
    +1 for No. 2, but a very nice set in general


    Just out of curiosity....Is it Cat-Skills or Cats-Kills?
     
  20. elj4176

    elj4176 Mu-43 Regular

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    Mar 23, 2012
    haha...Cat-skills as in the foothills of the Adirondacks.

    Thanks