Published on: 23rd Oct 2015In July 2014 I ordered an infrared filter for a Fujifilm X-E1. In September 2014 I actually bought a Fujifilm X-E1 camera for the filter.
This mayseems a bit "the wrong way around", but this was the actual time it took the filter to arrive in South Africa. Yes, I was also not impressed with our postal service. I ordered it on July the 28th from the USA and according to the USPS tracking system, it left the USA on 29 July. I paid US$20 extra for an expedited shipment which means it was sent to South Africa via Airmail. It arrived at my home on 15 September. And for some reason I was actually thankful (and surprised) that it did arrive!
But enough about our postal service, let's talk infrared
Because I read that the X-E1 is not as easy to convert as my previous Nikon D70 and D200 cameras, I decided not to tackle this myself, so I convinced Eslie of Fujiflim South Africa that this will be a great experiment for them. And they did an excellent job!
I decided on the 590nm filter because it produces very vibrant false colour infrared photos, and by adding an extra infrared filter, I can control the type of infrared result I would like to get.
As a refresher: The visible spectrum is the portion of the electromagnetic spectrum that is visible to the human eye. Electromagnetic radiation in this range of wavelengths is called visible light or simply light. A typical human eye will respond to wavelengths from about 390 to 700 nm.
My selection of a 590nm sensor replacement filter gives me more vibrant "red-like" photos as it includes all the orange and red visible light as well as all the infrared wave lengths.
In a separate article I will show you how to create a custom white balance as well as how to do the "channel" swapping in Photoshop to get the best "false colour" effects from you infrared setup.
Footnote: These photos are quite boring, but they were created to show the different infrared effects. I promise the follow-up article will include some more artistic results!
(If you have read up to here and did not click on a photo yet, do so to see them in larger format and also to browse through the rest of this gallery)