Words and Photos by Bob Coates
While out on a scouting mission for a Milky Way photograph in Sedona, Arizona, I found this little scene. The time of day was difficult for standard color photography. That’s where infrared is a bonus and can excel. The arch called to me for a low angle with a fisheye lens.
Below is my Platypod Ultra setup with closed cell foam for kneeling comfortably, along with my Westcott 20 inch reflector:
And here is my Platypod Ultra with my 20 inch Westcott Reflector:
Because I had the Platypod Ultra attached to my bag, I was able to quickly get a super low angle with no muss or fuss. If I were to try and get that low angle shot with a normal tripod, the legs would have been showing! The camera I used is a Lumix GH4 converted to infrared (720NM filter) by LifePixel.
I also used the Olympus M.Zukio 8mm f/1.8 fisheye lens on my Platypod Ultra with the screw feet in place. I needed the 20 inch Westcott reflector with a black cover to shield the fisheye lens from the sun.
I enjoyed the final results! Check out the fisheye lens infrared captures below.