Tamron 14-150mm + Olympus PEN E-PL2 sharpness

Since having my Olympus PEN converted to infrared (IR + UV spectrum to be precise), I’ve noticed a really great amount of sharpness in my photos.  The Tamron 14-150mm Di III lens natively takes very nice photos, and I also believe that IR photos may have greater clarity than our typical visible light spectrum.  Below is a 200% crop of a nature photo I took today with the Tamron 14-150mm Di III, infrared-converted PEN E-PL2, and my Benro carbon fiber tripod.  No filter on the lens.

Infrared photo detail

Photo taken with #Tamron 14-150mm Di III lens and #infrared converted #Olympus PEN E-PL2 micro four thirds camera.

Below is a view of my full-sized web photo:

NJ Fine Art Photo

A #monotone image captured with the #Tamron 14-150mm Di III and infrared converted #Olympus PEN E-PL2 micro four thirds camera.

Exposure notes – 150mm (300mm in 35mm terms), F/9.0, 0.6s, tripod, manual white balance (kelvin).

New Jersey Nature Photography: Woodland Stream

Here’s a photo I took yesterday with my IR-converted Olympus PEN E-PL2 and the Tamron 14-150mm Di III lens.  I like the composition of my shot, the foreground shrub nicely fills in some negative space, and the forest fills in the upper 3rd of the frame.  I also really like the backlighting strongly showing through the leaves.  I do feel that the highlights on the stream itself are a bit strong.  The highlights are clearly blown out in several areas, even after a small amount of highlight recovery from the Raw file.  Does the image work as a whole?  I will leave that up to the viewers.

NJ Nature Pic

#NewJersey #Nature #Photo taken in Rockaway Township using the tripod mounted Olympus PEN E-PL2 and the #Tamron 14-150mm Di III lens.

New Jersey Nature Photography: Beaver Pond in Infrared

Before family holiday obligations yesterday, I did sneak out for a couple of quick hours of Christmas morning photography.  Below is a handheld Infrared shot.  Technically speaking, it is a UV + Infrared Spectrum photo.  I initially set up the tripod for this scenic capture, but the legs of the tripod cast a distinct shadow in the foreground.  Only solution was to shoot handheld, not necessarily an easy task with the increased exposure times occurring after the visible light spectrum has been removed.  Out of about 15 frames, and very tightly bracing the camera I got one or two critically sharp frames at ISO 400.

NJ Nature Photo

A scenic #nature capture taken at Wildcat Ridge WMA in #NewJersey. Photo taken with the Infrared-converted Olympus PEN E-PL2 camera and the #Tamron 14-150mm Di III lens.

Exposure settings: 1/6s F/8.0 ISO 400, 14mm

Infrared Nature Photography Trials

This Saturday was my first day trying infrared photography.  I had sent my Olympus PEN E-PL2 micro four thirds camera in for IR conversion and to eliminate the normal visible light.  Service was provided by ebay vendor image-laboratory and the conversion was very fast and well performed.  The below photos were taken using that camera and also with my Tamron 14-150mm Di III All-In-One lens.

New Jersey Infrared Nature Photo

An UV + IR capture of the Old Barney Lighthouse in Barnegat Light #NewJersey. Infrared #photo taken with the #Olympus PEN E-PL2 m43 camera and the #Tamron 14-150mm Di III All-In-One lens.

New Jersey Infrared Photography

An IR capture at sunrise in Ocean County #NewJersey. Infrared #photo taken with the #Olympus PEN E-PL2 m43 camera and the #Tamron 14-150mm Di III All-In-One lens.

I’m really enjoying the pronounced effects of capturing IR and/or UV spectrum light, however my techniques will require a bit of refinement.

– Dave