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Sunday
Sep042011

New Light

New light and indeed new life!  Ever since I bought my D300 I've used my D70s less and less frequently.  It sat on my shelf gathering dust most of the year, going out with me only out of pity never necessity.  The D300 always looks at me as I strap her older cousin to my shoulder.  It's a strange look that merges disgust and confusion in one sorry smile.  I can almost hear the sarcastic huff behind my back as I walk away...  I understand it of course, for although my D70s is still a very capable camera, I find using its smaller screen a little tedious.  The focusing ability of the D300 (and many more features) means the D70s doesn't have a chance for 'action' trips.  It was/is however my first serious DSLR so I could never bring myself to selling it.  Last week, I realised why... My D70s has became my new favourite toy!  The D300 doesn't know it yet and I intend to keep it this way.

Infrared photography was something I read about in books, magazines and blogs.  I was always intrigued by the trees and leaves - which in fact is how I first realised they weren't just black-and-white photos - and the very ghostly feel to the images.  Last week was the first time I gave it a shot (I know.. I know).  Last year I came across Life Pixel's step-by-step conversion from a Google search.  I considered it - briefly - but was worried I would ruin my camera. Let's just say my hands are more a Gardener's than a Watchmaker's.

In June's issue of Amateur Photographer, I read an excellent article about infrared photography.  It served as a reminder before my summer trip to London.  I decided to get the conversion while I was there, and of course forgot to take my D70s with me (yes I too blame my D300).  Well... I was recently back in Europe and stopped over in London on my way to Paris, and again on my way back.  With a few email exchanges, I arranged for the conversion with Protech Photographic.  They were not mentioned in the AP article (but were by readers in the next issue) however they came up on a Google search for IR conversion service in the UK.  From the first day, they replied to my emails promptly and I was able to get my camera sent (thank you wife) and back in time.  Their service was perfect and I highly recommend them.

This was my first attempt and I can definately say that I'm hooked.  The results will be even more interesting when I work out the optimal settings.  I took some more shots of the parks in Ealing (will post these soon) to print and display by the stairs at home in Kuwait.  A quick trip to our local supermarket in West London gave me a chance to capture and share these images with you.  The photos in this post are of Christ Church on Turnham Green in Chiswick.  

Reader Comments (6)

The shots are out of this world! I like how the leaves look so pale.

September 4, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterelwehbi

Very nice pics mashallah ;)
Can't wait for more...

September 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaitham

beautiful pics!!

Off the topic..I am looking into buying a nice camera. Would you recommend a Nikon or Canon? and any model number would help? Thanks..

September 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmu

Glad the timings worked for you to get the camera converted around your schedule!
Love the shots - all the best, Jo

September 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterProtech Photographic

elwehbi
That's what I love about them. Thanks :)

Meeth
Thanks. Already on!

Amu
Thank you, That's a HUGE question with an erm HUGER answer. It's like saying what car should I buy. I'm afraid it's the cliche of 'horses for courses'. You need to ask what you need the camera for? Daily shoots of family and tourism, action shots or low-light photography, compact vs larger camera, DSLR vs point-and-shoot... I could go on. When I decided to buy a DSLR, I was between Nikon and Canon. Once you buy one, your lenses (which are a significant investment) would be useless if you buy a different brand down the line. I flipped a coin and 'decided' on Nikon.

Protech Photographic
Thanks again. Perfect service!

September 4, 2011 | Registered CommenterBuYousef

The background brings out the best in trees always used to think. This makes them surreal and fluffy and dreamy! The write up has a nice amusing lilt!

September 5, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteronlooker

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