Time & Time Again…

How Infrared Changed My Life!

I am getting old and definitely tired.

I shoot Canon gear and always have.  I always purchase 1D bodies and currently have the 1DMK3.  For lenses I only use L glass.  I have been a photographer for 48 years and am retired from Eastman Kodak.  I have a lifetime of photographic experience.

That being said I must tell you that except for my hummingbird shots in Sept and Oct (on the tripod only) that I have not used my Canon equipment since June 2009.

On June 9, 2009 I went into the hospital to have severe spinal damage fixed in my neck that had taken the use of my arms in less than 30 days. I was only to be there for 4 days.  53 days later (25 in ICU on a ventilator) I came home with a breathing tube in my neck and a feeding tube in my stomach because everything in my neck was paralyzed and I could not swallow water or food for another 6 months. In 2010 both tubes were removed when I started to swallow again and I started thinking about photography again. I lost 50% use of both hands and 80% of my neck motion due to 3 levels of cadaver bones and 5 levels of steel cage.

I could NOT even hold the Canon body let alone a 400mm prime!  So what I did was to buy an Olympus E-P1. I was amazed by the quality from this little camera that I COULD carry so I started buying lenses. One thing led to another and along came a E-PL1 so the E-P1 was turned into Infrared and I was so happy with it that I started my IR blog (below). So (OK, I told you that IR was an addiction!)within a week of having the L1 that I had it converted to full spectrum IR!  Eventually I missed the ability to use a remote shutter release (water drops and lightning trigger) so I got an E-P2 which I am going to LEAVE color!

The only thing that I miss is the Canon L glass which is superior in ALL WAYS to the Olympus micro 4/3 glass except that it is HEAVY.  But even this would not make me give up my Olympus system!  I might never be able to fully use my Canon equipment again but I am happy enough with the PEN that I do not obsess over it any more!  Understand, the PEN is a compromise system which does have good quality glass (which is all important) and the quality it produces places my images almost on equal footing with my past works with my Canon. My normal print size is 22×32 canvas prints which the PEN’s produce brilliantly!

Well, you ask yourself, what in the world does this have with Fine Art Photography?  Simple…. Smaller Lighter ultra high quality Infrared camera systems mean that I HAVE THEM WITH ME 100% OF THE TIME! I am taking more images, better images more often! This had lead to a rejuvenation of my artistic juices!  I am re-born artistically…

That being said, you have to know now that I shoot about 100 Infrared images to every single color image except during hummingbird season! I am enthralled with the ethereal nature of a WELL TAKEN infrared image.  They talk to me on an emotional level that no other type of photography has ever accomplished!  So much so that I have dedicated TWO web pages to it (see links on the right side)!  But I digress, the reason you are here is to see and experience the images (hopefully) the way that I meant them to be experienced!

"The Wheel House Bell" B&W Infrared

"The Nets" Faux Color Infrared

"Carolina Trunk" Faux Color Infrared

"The Boots" B&W Infrared

"A Gathering Of Egrets" Faux Color Infrared Image

"Hagood Mill" Faux Color Infrared, Pickins, SC

"Pawleys Pier In Hurrican Hanna" Faux Color Infrared Image

This is just a SMALL example of some of my own personal favorite Infrared work.  Each of these images have been selected based upon the emotional impact generated within me as I view them.  I literally have thousands of such images and invite you to visit my two Infrared WEB sites (links menu on right) for more information and images!

9 comments on “Time & Time Again…

  1. Mark, I congratulate you for overcoming your terrible health set backs and not just sitting back to feel sorry for yourself. I wish you continued success with all your photographic endeavors. I’ll keep an eye on your blog to see what’s to be learned, you certainly have an impressive level of experience from which to draw.

  2. Mark, I feel the same as the two previous comments, congratulation for you adjusting your life with your health problems, it takes a person with a strong soul to master what you have….and it shows in your photography. You can see the ‘soul’ in each picture. I too am in the process of trying to change my camera, Canon 50D to something lighter because of health issues. I know I would take more shots and put more into it if I has the strength it takes, unless a person is in the position to realize how much energy and strength it takes to take pictures they have no idea how heavy, bulky equipment can take the fun out of shooting! Do continue, I am going to follow and learn, I am a K-1 right now but hope to graduate with honors in photography with practice and the right equipment. Stop by sometime, and maybe your wife could set up my cameras (just joking), your lucky to have that….RaeDi

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