Shooting From The Hip


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Shooting From The Hip

22 Jul 2011 9:56AM   Views : 621 Unique : 415

Years ago, I bought an infrared filter for one of my interchangeable lenses, and started to use it on my 20D. I thought the whole process was quite cumbersome, to be honest. I do often use a tripod and long shutter times for landscape shots, but have to admit to being an impatient person and preferring to take a quick snap instead. With an IR filter, an SLR and a tripod, that's impossible.

And then I found an old compact on eBay that some enthusiast had converted for IR. Since it was ancient (a Canon Powershot G2, while the current model is a G11, I believe), there wasn't much interest from other bidders and I got it at a very low price.

When it arrived, I started experimenting with it, and I found that it did exactly what I had had in mind: I was able to take quick IR snaps. I could even use difficult angles and all that, because these early models have a swiveling LCD screen, which is very handy.

To give you an example, see the image below. You wouldn't say so, but taking this with a tripod would have been a problem: it was National Windmill Day, and the place was swarming with windmill enthusiasts - in order to take this without any people in the frame, I had to dodge people and change my position several times before I finally got the right opportunity and was able take this shot.

Shooting infrared from the hip certainly makes a big difference, and I'm enjoying this a lot!


Tags: Hip Canon Compact Ir Infrared Shooting G2

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