Motivation is a photography blog that discusses the creative aspects of photography. The posts will include thoughts about images and their interpretation, photographers and their work, technique, workflow, my ongoing projects, and perhaps even the occasional off topic rant.


After planning for quite some time to have a camera converted to infrared, I finally got it done. I had my old Canon 1Ds converted for IR photography by LifePixel. They did a great job.

There are three IR filters that are offered by LifePixel: Standard Color IR, Enhanced Color IR, and Deep Black And White IR. Examples of the types of results that can be obtained with each of the three filters can be found on their sample image page. I personally do not enjoy the aesthetic of color IR, but do very much like the 'look' of black and white infrared I went with the Deep Black And White IR filter, which blocks most visible light. In addition, the camera's auto-focus is adjusted to the Canon 50mm f1.8 lens in the process.

So, I got the opportunity to take the camera out a few days ago. Of course, once an hour away from home, I discovered that I hadn't reattached the camera's "L Plate" used to mount it to my tripod. I had removed it prior to sending the camera in for conversion. I therefore had to experiment and play around with the camera hand-held. I wasn't trying to do 'serious' photography but, rather, just wanted to get a feel for what the results might look like.

Here is an example of what I am getting out of camera. The image was shot in RAW format with just a few quick adjustments in Lightroom to improve contrast.

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