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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.

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

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

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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Infrared Photography with the Sony a7R

I’ve had a fascination with infrared (IR) photography for several years, but lurked from a safe distance. I finally took the plunge last year and had a Sony a7R camera body converted to IR. Like most of my adventures, this has been a learn-by-doing experiment, aided by online guides and tutorials. This article is a summary of my experience to date, with tips, workflow, and links to resources that might help prospective IR photographers. This is not a comprehensive tutorial, product review or user’s guide.

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2015 “Mill As Muse” Award Winner

One of my photographs won a second place award in the Historic Yates Mill County Park 2015 “Mill As Muse” Photography Contest. Yates Mill is a fully restored grist mill located in Raleigh, NC. The mill and park have been open to the public since May 2006, and are picturesque throughout the year. My winning photograph, entered in “Photography – Historic Yates Mill – Adult” category, was taken in July 2014, using a Sony a7R camera that had been converted to infrared. The contest culminated with a reception and photography exhibit on February 15.

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