The Badlands – Infrared

I recently returned from a trip to the Badlands of South Dakota where I participated in an infrared photo “safari” led by Jason Odell. We photographed in and around Wall, SD, concentrating mainly on infrared photography, for three days. Within an hour’s drive from Wall, we photographed the Badlands National Park, the nearly abandoned towns of Cottonwood (population 9) and Scenic, and an old west 1880 to 1920 era “town” called 1880 Town. I used a Sony a7 IV camera converted to full-spectrum, in conjunction with 665nm and 850nm IR filters.

See my earlier article on infrared photography for more how-to information.

Here’s a gallery of some of my IR shots from the trip:


 
Photos framed using the FrameShop script.

Equipment
Sony a7IV Mirrorless Camera (converted to full-spectrum by LifePixel)
Kolari Magnetic Clip-In Infrared Filters for Sony E-Mount (665 nm & 850 nm)
Tamron 17-28mm f/2.8 Di III RXD Lens
Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III VXD G2 Lens
SanDisk 128GB Extreme Pro SD Cards

Settings
P-S-A-M mode: Aperture Priority
Aperture: f/5.6-8
Shutter speed: Varied
ISO: Auto ISO (Maximum 6400)
White balance: Custom
Focus mode: AF-S
Focus area: Spot
Face/Eye Priority in AF: Off
Shutter type: Mechanical Shutter
Metering mode: Multi
Drive mode: Single
SteadyShot: On

Processing
Adobe Lightroom Classic (with a variety of color profiles and LUTs for IR)
Adobe Photoshop
Nik Color Efex Pro
Nik Silver Efex Pro
FrameShop script

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Custom Foam Insert for Sony Alpha Camera Kit

This post describes the design and fabrication of a custom foam insert for a rolling hard case to carry my Sony Alpha camera kit. Since my 2018 blog post describing the design and fabrication of a custom foam insert for my Hasselblad X1D camera and lenses, I have switched to Sony mirrorless. Once again, I used the excellent MyCaseBuilder.com online tools to design the foam insert. The insert is designed for a Pelican 1535 Air Carry-On Case, a versatile case that meets the carry-on restrictions of most airlines and is convenient for both travel and gear storage.
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Bird Photography with the Sony 70-200mm GM II Lens

I have continued to photograph birds that frequent our bird feeders. Since early 2022, I have used the new Sony FE 70-200mm GM II lens and the Sony FE 2x teleconverter to see how that combo performs. I’m impressed with the results so far.


Photos framed using the FrameShop script.

Equipment
Sony Alpha 1 Mirrorless Digital Camera
Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS II Lens
Sony FE 2x Teleconverter
Sirui L-10 Aluminium Tilt Monopod Head
AmazonBasics Carbon Fiber Monopod
General Brand 77mm Collapsible Rubber Lens Hood
Kirk LP-65 Replacement Lens Foot
SanDisk 128GB Extreme Pro SD Card

Setup
See a previous post for a photo of the feeder setup. All photos were taken from indoors, shooting through a double-pane window, using a black cloth to conceal my location. The rubber lens hood allows the front of the lens to be close to the window and helps reduce/eliminate reflections.

Settings
P-S-A-M mode: Manual
Aperture: f/8-10
Shutter speed: 1/400 – 1/500 sec.
ISO: Auto ISO (Maximum 6400)
White balance: Auto: White
Focus mode: AF-C
Focus area: Wide
Face/Eye Priority in AF: On
Face/Eye Subject: Bird
Shutter type: Electronic Shutter
Metering mode: Multi
Drive mode: Continuous: Mid (10 images/sec.)
SteadyShot: On

Processing
Adobe Lightroom Classic and Adobe Photoshop
Topaz DeNoise AI
FrameShop script

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Bird Photography During the Pandemic – Part 5

I have continued to photograph birds that frequent our bird feeders. This will probably be my last post of the season because fewer birds are visiting the feeders as temperatures drop and the sun is very low in the sky during the day. The feeders will remain during the fall and winter for those birds that do not migrate.
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Bird Photography During the Pandemic – Part 4

I have continued, during the seemingly endless COVID-19 pandemic, to photograph birds that frequent our bird feeders. I’m now shooting with a Sony Alpha 1 (a1) mirrorless digital camera. One of the compelling features of this camera is Eye AF which enables the camera to detect and focus on the subject’s eye(s). In addition, the subject of Eye AF can be selected between Human, Animal or Bird. Obviously for these photos, I’ve selected Bird. Once the bird lands on the perch or feeder, I can half-press the shutter release, enable AF, and then shoot frames at a fast frame rate with the bird’s eye perfectly in focus. It’s almost too easy.
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