Capturing the Splendor of Infrared on a budget!
The Modest Camera Project
Over the past decade, I have started (yes even occasionally completed!) several photographic projects. Recently I have started yet another one which promises to be my favorite! This new project called “The Modest Camera“, is special in that I am going to document the back areas of the South Carolina Low Country and the surrounding areas in North Carolina and Georga. What is particularly interesting about this is that I will be ONLY be using a very modest & inexpensive Infrared Point & Shoot camera system for the entire project! I have decided upon a converted Infrared Panasonic GH2 at 590nm. I have also owned and used the Olympus E-PL1 PEN Full Spectrum (simply the BEST IR camera that I have EVER used!), the Canon G9 and G10 at 665nm & 715nm. I will likely lean more towards the E-PL1 as time goes by. I will also use several other Infrared Filters B+W 090 590nm, Tiffen 047B Dual Passband & the B+W 041 550nm filters to change the Mood of the camera from shot to shot along with Polarizing filters. These cameras are ones that anyone (in fact they are very popular Point & Shoot Systems) can afford and use.They are small, lightweight 12.1 or 15 Mega pixels and simple to use, but have all of the control modes that one would expect in a digital SLR. This project will cover a long time period (it could be measured in years) and will be constantly changing and evolving. When finished I will publish a series of books with the project images. Please re-visit this site from time to time to see the latest images, and feel free to make comments and suggestions! For information on this camera system please visit my camera info page as well as my tips page.
This project is BIG. I am going to break it down into several smaller projects and combine them in the end. I am currently working on the Nautical images then will move onto Old buildings and barns.
Hold your mouse over THE MODEST CAMERA PROJECT button on the top page menu and the galleries will display as a drop down list that is clickable!
Mark, I’m unable to get the drop-down to work
Ross, I just checked the site and it seems to be working fine….???
I love the photos you posted on your old blog that were made with the GH2 converted to 590nm. They inspired me to have my G5 converted with the same filter. Sounds like a great choice for your project.
I particularlly liked some images you shot in Italy with the camera and a 14-140mm Lumix lens. Would you mind my asking, was thus version1 or version 2 of this lens? I like the idea of pairing my G5 with the the long range zoom, but I know there can be issues with some lenses, and I would appreciate your opinion of these zooms.
Thanks Paul, this is why I leave to IR blog up. The lens was the version 1 and the system was great for travel.