11 Mar X-Pro2 Infrared Camera

Source: Michael St. Jean Photography

Without the spring blooms, the summer sunshine, and the autumn colors, winter is the time to embrace black and white. With its black and white film simulations, Fujis produce beautiful monochromatic images. But sometimes I like to push the dark and moody even further by transforming my X-Pro2 into an infrared Vampire Cam to capture the unearthly darkness that surrounds us. 

The SetupMy Quick Menu Vampire Cam settings start with ACROS Red, with NR -4,  HT -2, ST +3, CO 0, SH +2.

I use the Fujinon 35mm f/1.4 lens with a R72 filter.  Infrared filters give the image a red cast, but setting to camera to a B&W setting takes care of that. Infrared filters block much of the light, but using a tripod handles the long exposures. In addition to the IR filter, I’ll occasionally stack a ND filter to further slow down the exposure times.

Typically I manually set the ISO to 200-400, and adjust the aperture and exposure compensation to control exposure times. The beauty of mirrorless cameras is that, even with the reduced light passing through the IR filter, the camera can still auto-focus, not that auto-focus is critical when shooting IR.  However, I do wish the Fuji’s could auto-meter over 30 seconds. Before I switched to Fujifilm I shot with Micro 4/3 cameras which auto-metered up to 2 minutes. I miss that flexibility. Yes, you can extend Fuji’s metering beyond 30 seconds, but now you have to use bulb and an exposure calculation app….too much effort, so

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