infrared pics from converted E-P3

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

  1. elj4176

    elj4176 Mu-43 Regular

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    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

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    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 Subscribing Member

    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

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    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 Subscribing Member

    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

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    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 Subscribing Member

    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

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    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

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    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

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    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 Subscribing Member

    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

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    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 Subscribing Member

    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