01 Jul Battling creative block with the Hoya R72 Infrared filter and a Fuji camera

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I know there is no real reason for creative block these days. With all the possible inspiration out there and the amazing Fuji cameras that remove most of my old blocks for picking up a camera, you’d think that I’d always have a creative overflow ready. And of course, I still get creative block. I think we all do.

In those times, I find that a few things help. First is just forcing myself out of the house with a camera in hand. If that’s not enough, I also take the 18mm f/2 with an R72 infrared filter and force myself to shoot and embrace the strange world and imperfections that brings along.

Fuji X-Pro2 . Fuji XF18mmF2 @18mm . f/2.0 . 1/60″ . ISO 6400Fuji X-Pro2 . Fuji XF18mmF2 @18mm . f/2.0 . 1/60″ . ISO 2000

Infrared is something I’ve always found cool in photography. I’d shoot infrared every once in a while even in the film days, and I was excited to find out that R72 filters matched with digital cameras would work pretty well too.

Of course, you could go the “conversion” route like Jason Hew did in this article or Andrew Gibson did in another one. If you’re REALLY into infrared, a conversion is the way to go. You can shoot with faster shutter speeds and retain some of those surreal infrared coloring, and if you look at the shots taken by those photographers, the images are cleaner and more refined.

Fuji X-Pro2 . Fuji XF18mmF2

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