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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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My Other Hobby – Woodworking

One of my other/many hobbies is woodworking. I’ll admit that most of what I’ve built is not artistic, and many of my projects follow plans published in woodworking magazines (including Woodsmith and American Woodworker). I’ll also admit that much of what I built as a beginner was…well…crap. More recent pieces have found a good place in our home or the homes of our kids. My basement workshop has been a retreat from the stresses of daily life and a welcome space to practice a craft that I admired from a distance for many years. Woodworkers fall into two broad “tribes” – Norm-ites and Luddites. The former are followers of Norm Abram and believe that a power tool exists for every task. The latter group eschews the use of power tools. I’m an unashamed self-admitted Norm-ite.

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