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Guest post: Infrared photography in Yellowstone National Park

By Simon Weir

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I started 2014 leading a workshop in Yellowstone National Park for Chris Weston‘s safari company “Magic Is” – I am now working regularly with them as a group leader and instructor.

Yellowstone in winter turned out to be an IR photographers paradise and my IR modified X-E1 with the 14mm did great service as the images below show. This camera blows me away every time I use it and there was a great deal of interest from the 12 photographers in the group – so much so that I ended up doing a full presentation on Infrared photography one evening while we were there.  My X-Pro1 and the XF55-200 also did good service as shown in the two bison shots at the bottom of this post.

Also pleased to report that both Fuji cameras worked faultlessly down to temperatures as low as -30C – even the batteries held out really well.

Here’s a selection of shots from the IR modified X-E1 using the XF14mm lens:

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The following 2 shots were taken on the standard X-Pro1 and converted to B&W in Silver Effex Pro2:

Taken on the standard X-Pro1 and converted to B&W in Silver Effex Pro2

Taken on the standard X-Pro1 and converted to B&W in Silver Effex Pro2

About Simon

Simon Weir specialises in photographing live performance (particularly classical music), contextual portraiture and nature. To see more of his work, check out his website http://www.simonweir.com/

95 replies »

  1. Infared was one of the two things I missed most when I converted to digital (Nikon); the other was my Bronica twin lens reflex camera (no digital back for that…). I’d almost forgotten how beautiful IR images are. Wonderful post, and congrats on being Freshly Pressed.

  2. Wow, what amazing pics!!! And bless my luck, of Yellowstone. I was born real close to the park in Wyoming. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  4. Hi Simon,
    Great pictures!
    What kind of modification was done with the Fuji? And which company was involved?
    Thx a lot!
    Alexander

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