When you find yourself in Oregon in late October and the weather forecast calls for temps in the mid-50s with party cloudy skies, you don’t waste time sitting at home. A plan to visit Silver Falls State Park took form quickly and with Saturday morning kicking off, Nicole, Jess, and I beelined it to there. I packed my Sony a7R II along with the Zeiss Batis 2.8/18, Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM, and Sony FE 70-200mm f/4. But what I was most excited about using was my OG Sony a7 converted to infrared. After having the camera sit on my shelf for about 18 months collecting dust, I’ve felt a renewed energy to play around with it and I’m so glad I did.
While I certainly used my Sony a7R II, the bulk of my shots taken were in infrared for two reasons: it gave me a new way to compose my photos and it is really forcing me to practice a type of post processing that I’m not nearly as proficient in. Because my infrared camera responds best to living, organic material—like the verdant moss and colorful autumn foliage strewn about—I needed to find ways to place them in my frame so that they break up the otherwise dark areas in front of me. I’m not quite sure what I’ll do with these photos (aside from share them with you) but it has me very excited!