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Jul. 24th, 2007

This is what I have for now!


It is just for the infrared stuff though.


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Jul. 24th, 2007 06:45 pm (UTC)
your pictures are amazing!! i especially love the one of the train, and the one of the angel statue. beautiful! black and white infrared actually is really awesome looking.
Jul. 25th, 2007 05:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Yeah, that's why I always liked b&w mainly...

If you ever do try IR film instead of digital, you'll love it so much more. Like Kodak HIE. It makes it so much more dreamy looking.

Like this one

and this one

It makes it more grainy and ethereal.

I just wish I had room for a darkroom... and, all the free time it takes too. haha
Jul. 25th, 2007 04:54 pm (UTC)
hey i didnt win that IR converted G5 off ebay last night :( but just now i bought a canon g3 off ebay for $150, so it's all good. now i just need to send it somewhere for the conversion. do you recommend lifepixel? i dont know whether to send it to them or to the dude in Australia.
Jul. 25th, 2007 06:36 pm (UTC)
I saw really good G3 and G4 IR photos! I think you'll love it!

Lifepixel is really trustworthy so go ahead and go for it! I was nervous because they don't really communicate when you email them, but I know so many people who use them and they're really quick and do a good job.

I would have just sent it to the guy in Australia if I got that Pro1 camera I was talking about before. :)
Jul. 25th, 2007 06:43 pm (UTC)
haha theres actually no such thing as a G4, because "four" in chinese means "die" or something unpleasant, so they skipped from G3 to G5. LOL. but the G3 is actually 4 mp so its all good :)

okay i think i'll go ahead and send it to lifepixel then. i'm kind of nervous about sending things overseas anyway, because you can't insure it and if it gets lost then you're pretty much outta luck. thanks for all your help!! :)
Jul. 25th, 2007 07:57 pm (UTC)
hahaha Are you serious? That's so funny!

Yeah lifepixel took less than 2 weeks including shipping time and all of that, so don't worry! :)
Jul. 25th, 2007 07:59 pm (UTC)
yeah lol it says that on this page.

"The PowerShot G5 was announced at the beginning of June 2003, it is the five megapixel 'companion' (it doesn't directly replace) to the four megapixel PowerShot G3 (which wasn't called the 'G4' because of the similarity between the word '4' and 'die' in certain Asian languages)."
Aug. 26th, 2007 05:38 am (UTC)
Actually, I AM worried. Seriously worried about the pre-paid, non-refundable reservations I have for two weeks of shooting new material in September.

My first conversion from LifePixel went fine. I don't yet have my latest IR photos posted online but prints have been selling themselves through people seeing them on other people's walls. And I'm working on a couple of deals with public gardens and estates. The technical quality of the LifePixel work did a lot to make that possible.

But now FedEx has made two failed attempts to deliver my newest camera to them and reports "Customer not available or business closed". Monday morning early is the last attempt before returning the camera to me undelivered.

So I've emailed LifePixel the tracking number to see what's going on and get them to contact FedEx about delivery, but if they are unresponsive to email, as you note, I'm worried they won't deal with this problem until it escalates and cascades. Based on their turnaround claims and the Rush fee I paid them, I thought I was leaving plenty of time before I go on my fall photo tour to get the material I'll sell all winter while there's no foliage to shoot around here. But all told, I'll lose more than a week if the package gets returned undeliverable. If the work can't be done and returned before my trip, I might as well have waited until next year to buy a newer camera in the first place.

Does anybody have good experience with any alternate conversion shops that don't have trouble getting their packages delivered and could handle what looks to be turning from a leisurely job into an ultra-rush job?

A worried repeat LifePixel customer
Aug. 26th, 2007 07:25 pm (UTC)
Well, this guy is supposed to be good!


Also, he might respond to emails right away if you want to just email him about it?

There are also IR converted cameras that have already been converted on Ebay if you're in a hurry!!
Aug. 27th, 2007 05:15 pm (UTC)
Looks like we're back on track and I'm looking forward to another great LifePixel conversion. It was just an unfortunate coincidence of the particular moments FedEx had shown up. All the rushing to get stuff out of the way before my trip has my nerves a little on edge, I guess.

Thanks for pointing out that even these exotic cameras actually show up on eBay from time to time. I'm not sure I would have thought to look there.

And while I was familiar with some of the other people doing conversions, I had forgotten about David Burren (the Khromagery guy in Australia) and hadn't yet come across Jim Chen (jimchenphoto.com), both of whom appear to be admirable craftsmen.

Aug. 29th, 2007 02:51 pm (UTC)
And I have to say LifePixel jumped right on it once FedEx delivered the package. I had paid the extra $37.50 rush charge and LifePixel got the camera in on Monday and shipped it out on Tuesday.
Aug. 29th, 2007 06:06 pm (UTC)
Good!! I'm glad it all turned out well!

So they did respond to you then, or you just noticed that they took action?

I never got them to respond to me over anything, but I was happy with their work so I'd do it again anytime. :)
Aug. 29th, 2007 11:59 pm (UTC)
I called first thing PDT Monday morning. Since there was no phone number in the order confirmation email, I misremembered that there was also no phone number on the site. But there is and I called it and connected.

They also responded to my email after that.

I'm finding that prints at 182 dpi can be outstanding, so with 2816 x 2112, this S3 I had modified should go up to about 15 x 11, which mats to 16 x 20. The right shot would probably print beautifully at 150 dpi, too, especially when the physical resolution of the printer is much higher. That would be 18 x 14, and my printer only goes up to 13.
Aug. 30th, 2007 12:04 am (UTC)
Oh, cool! I never tried the phone. haha

Since you answer anonymously, I don't know who you are or anything... do you have a website of your IR photos? I'd love to see them! :)
Aug. 30th, 2007 05:42 pm (UTC)
Here's a set from my third day of shooting IR.


(Note that there's no root on the website right now, just various subdirectories like this one.)

They're a little oversharpened and too hot on some of the foliage highlights, but I've mended my ways since then. I'll have newer versions of some posted, and prints to match, in a month or two.

I took these in August of '05 with a tripod-mounted, unmodified Canon G1 using an R72 on the Lensmateonline adapter. As you'd expect, the exposures were in the 1/10 to 1.5s range, and you can see branches and Spanish moss tossing in a couple of shots. I think all the images still have their EXIFs. I re-edited the color chapel image last summer, I think, from its original magenta-sky coloration to the present one.

These were plenty exciting for me at the time. But since then, I've taken some with my modified G3 that I'm even more excited about. I've also reworked a few of this set for blue sky and other shades. Personally I tend to prefer the monochrome treatments. After that, I most like the ones like your photo #2 with the blue sky and water but completely desaturated foliage. But some of the people I'm making prints for now just love various color versions of them. And the colorations were part of what originally attracted me to IR when I saw the work Tess Campbell and a couple of others were posting on photo sites.

Sept 11-25 I'll be shooting some Asian gardens and waterfalls and such in Oregon and Washington. That'll be mostly with my 6 MP S3 (which UPS brought back to me today). Shortly after I get back, I'll open up a new website I'm working on now with more recent material.

Jim T
Aug. 30th, 2007 06:19 pm (UTC)
Wow, those are cool!

So how did you end up right here then? Did this page come up in an IR search or something maybe?

Let me know if you upload more, they're really gorgeous. :)
Aug. 31st, 2007 12:47 am (UTC)
Yes, I think it came up in a search for infrared and lifepixel. I wanted to see what kinds of experiences other people had and also form a backup plan if I didn't get my conversion done on time.

As it happens, it got done faster than I originally expected, once I got the camera delivered to them.

Everybody I found seems like they'd give at least 8-9 out of 10 points on their LifePixel experience, and I agree.

I love the "digital IR underground" on the Web. I'm going to devote about 3/4 time to seeing if I can help break it into the fine arts mainstream.

Jim T
Aug. 31st, 2007 08:26 pm (UTC)
Cool! :)

I started about 10 years ago or so with the help of only those I could find on the internet so I know it really helps a lot!
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