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Geismuehle in Infrared

By conrad  
I've taken some test images with my infrared filter, and here's finally an uploadable result. It took some experimenting to find suitable settings, especially since my 20D is not very sensitive to infrared light.

I wanted to include a bit more of the surroundings of this windmill, but it was difficult. The filter only fits my 50 mm lens, and I had a German Autobahn behind me and a parking area next to and behind the mill. So this is pretty much a close-up of this very old German mill.

Since this is my first ever real IR upload, I'm very interested to hear your opinions, and especially get some suggestions for improvement. And feel free to make mods if you want!

Thanks for looking,


Tags: Windmill Ir Infrared Germany Black and white Geismuehle

Voters: Hoffy, User_Removed, belerophon and 2 more


Coleslaw 14 13.4k 28 Wales
31 Aug 2005 1:33AM
Set aside the composition, I think 'colour' is a bit of problem. Not all the colour of the foliage changed, thats probably because the front part wasn't well lit by sunshine?
I think if all the green in the pic has turned to 'white-ish', it would be a better pic.
But I haven't tried Infrared yet, so what do I know?
Hope this help as I am really trying hard to comment about it, Conrad.


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sabretalon 15 1.9k United Kingdom
31 Aug 2005 1:42AM
I think the shadows to the left and right were too much and has mentioned above would have looke dbetter if they where at least like the top righthand side leaves that are brighter but no has bright ahs the ones in the just in front of the windmill.

More of the surronding would look good and a better sky, some clouds in there, especially on a larger landscape would be effective.

Old grave yards are good places for IR, the long grasses and decaying flowers in contrast with the headstones etc..
conrad 15 10.9k 116
31 Aug 2005 1:48AM
I was wondering about those leaves, so I'm glad you two took the time to comment, Cole and Glenn! Shadow! Of course! I should have known! Didn't think of that possibility. I was already coming up with theories about evergreens not turning out as white as young leaves and grass, but of course that's nonsense, it has to be the shadows. Duh!

Thanks, guys, that is very enlightening!

And thanks for the extra suggestions, Glenn. Im going to have make look up some spookier places (when there's a better sky). Tips highly appreciated!

conrad 15 10.9k 116
31 Aug 2005 2:19AM
Totally forgot:

FYI - used a Hoya R72 infrared filter.

strawman 15 22.1k 16 United Kingdom
31 Aug 2005 2:23AM
The problem for me is that the windmill does not stand out from the sky, rather it blends in and so is hard to see. The sails and the small bush leap out.

Interesting technique.
conrad 15 10.9k 116
31 Aug 2005 2:34AM
Okay, that makes sense. I'll know what to look for, next time. Thanks!

Coleslaw 14 13.4k 28 Wales
31 Aug 2005 2:45AM
Looking at your first attempt makes me wonder how MariusZ done his.....

conrad 15 10.9k 116
31 Aug 2005 2:54AM
So do I, Cole. But Im beginning to suspect it has something to do with a different camera / different system...

Pete Plus
18 18.8k 97 England
31 Aug 2005 4:33AM
The foliage inconsistency has been picked up.
The other thing is the noise. Many digital cameras (I've not tried your's) will increase the ISO automatically when the light level is low. Using an R72 filter fools many cameras to think the light level is nearly zero and ups the ISO. Try using the fixed ISO setting and use a low speed with the camera on a tripod to prevent camera shake and reduce noise.
conrad 15 10.9k 116
31 Aug 2005 5:34AM
Very useful tips, Pete - this way I'll get there some day and get a nice IR shot, thanks!

User_Removed 14 279
31 Aug 2005 10:34AM
Hey Conrad, Pete's spot on. Here's a tutorial from an expert
eric cheng which I'm sure will sort you out (fish-eye IR next eh?!)

Best wishes, Simon
User_Removed 14 279
31 Aug 2005 11:04AM
p.s. I'm clicking this because the question asks 'do you like this photo'? My answer is yes I do (but the large version is too noisy).

It's just so good to see someone prepared to leave the comfort zone and set themselves projects (I'm doing one at the moment on B&W wildlife - not uploading any for a while though. That's also why I like it. S
conrad 15 10.9k 116
31 Aug 2005 11:38AM
Wow, that tutorial looks very professional. Speaking about "spot on" - excellent tip, Simon, thanks!

And I like your reasoning behind the click...

belerophon 17 156
31 Aug 2005 1:48PM
great shot i love it--but a geis muhle --is a water wheel--this is a wind muhle--wind mill-----pointless info -gaz
conrad 15 10.9k 116
1 Sep 2005 1:22AM
Well, Gaz, I don't know how good your German is, but have a look here and you will see why the name is as it is (it was originally built on a Geest [Dutch word - and the location it close to the Netherlands] - which literally translates into Geist in German - somehow the "t" in Geist must have been lost over the years). Thanks for commenting!

Bluke 14 303 1 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2005 2:47PM
intresting shot ..nice work..
conrad 15 10.9k 116
3 Sep 2005 2:37AM
It needs improvement, but it was only my first time... but thanks!

jan 1 15 12 Netherlands
5 Sep 2005 12:45PM
Hello conrad.
Looks good to me, but never done it myself.
You sure are on the expiramentation road.
I like what your doing.
ps I do like your, "look here" very much.
Gr dich, Jan
conrad 15 10.9k 116
5 Sep 2005 11:22PM
Danke, Jan! Wink


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