All images taken by and used with permission from Benn Murhaaya.
We love the fact that Prague-based photographer Benn Murhaaya‘s portfolio, which includes documenting events and collaborating with performance artists, has evolved into the more bizarre and sometimes surreal photography, many of which (be warned!) may be NSFW, because he’s done a terrific job with them – somewhat turning regular cosplay and fetishes into storytelling photographs that are considerably darker and twisted. And we also love the fact that he has been helping with the film revival movement by focusing a lot of his energy on shooting 35mm and large format films.
But it’s his older digital work from 2008 that’s got our attention here at The Phoblographer. While we were browsing through his portfolio, we happened upon his cool digital infrared images of landscapes and industrial decay that he mostly shot with just his Fuji Finepix S9600 camera and a Hoya R72 filter. And we thought we’d share them with you.
Of this series, Murhaaya has this to say:
“With exception of photographs from Industrial Decay set (that was shot on Canon 5D Mark II), those were all shot using a Fuji Finepix S9600 compact camera. Back then, in 2008/2009 when these photographs were taken it was one of more high profile EVF cameras. Filter I used was classic choice Hoya R72 an almost opaque piece of glass. This allows through only very narrow part of visible spectrum and lets through the near infrared beyond 700-800 nm. Together with the rather weak IR blocking filter inside the camera, I was able to take pictures with exposure times around one second during the most sunny days. With ISO set to 100 and aperture on 2.8. Using a compact camera, every picture was a battle against the noise, that quickly started showing up even on such low ISO. On the plus side, the EVF came in very handy, because it allowed me to compose with the filter on. After a while I got used to the world in near IR where leaves are white and sky turns dark, almost complete reverse of the normal tonal values, so I was able to judge the framing without the need to look through the viewfinder.”
Infrared photography has not really quite caught on, despite its attractiveness and the fact that when used right it really does add a kind of surreal quality to the images; that’s probably because shooting IR is a longer trickier process or maybe because it might just be too unreal looking to most photographers. But we’re hoping that sharing Murhaaya’s IR work will inspire you to utilize IR for an awesome series of your own.
Check out Murhaaya’s cool-looking IR images after the jump.
Thermal imaging is coming to an iPhone near you with the FLIR ONE case. FLIR’s been in the heat signature game for a while at the professional scale for hunters and the like, but this is its first foray into the general public. For a cool $350, you can outfit your iPhone 5/5S with a FLIR ONE, and with the accompanying app, you can see heat in all sorts of ways. It will pick up heat from humans, animals and the environment from up to 100 meters away. The case is so sensitive that it can even pick up heat left by a footprint on a carpet after the person has walked away.. The app lets you set how the thermal image is displayed, and you can save images to your camera roll.
Anyone worried about it siphoning off energy from your iPhone’s battery will be delighted to know that the FLIR ONE has a built-in battery that’ll work up to four hours. It’ll can also function as a backup battery, giving your iPhone 50 percent more juice. The case should be available in spring this year, and you can preorder it now.
There are obvious uses, such as security and safety, but you could probably let your inner James Bond loose, at least in part, with this device.
Holy crap! It’s rare that we get this super excited about a video but this latest video from Director Joshua Lipworth is kind of blowing our minds right now. Josh took a RED Epic cinema camera and customized it to shoot in the infrared spectrum–which can often give users some beautiful and trippy results. But what Josh got is something a bit more amazing than the normal blue and white hues that are apparent in infrared shooting. Instead, he hacked it to look a bit like the long gone Kodak Aerochrome film. Though some projects are still done on it, it’s very rare to see them.
To refresh everyone’s minds, Kodak Aerochrome takes the greens in a scene and turns them into purplish reds. The film was invested for military surveillance reasons to sniff out guerilla troops in the Congo. There is a similar concept behind the new Lomochrome Purple film, but it’s not quite there. Granted, this short film isn’t quite there either but it’s quite close and to out knowledge, nothing like this has been tried before in the digital world.
We’re not exactly quite sure as to how Josh did this though–it could be use of on-camera/lens filters or lots of post-production work. Work like that though would really take a toll on the RED Epic’s color range.
Take a look at the video after the jump–and while the video’s concept itself is quite trippy, the added effects of the coloring make it even trippier.
Ah, the Japanese. Always good for a crazy invention. This time, they’ve come up with infrared-LED-equipped glasses that help to circumvent face detection. When (knowingly or unkowingly) photographed, the near-infrared light that the glasses’ built-in LEDs emit will be registered by most cameras’ sensors and cause the eyes-and-nose-part of the face to appear washed out, while the light is invisible to the human eye. While privacy is indeed a concern now that CCTV cameras are recording every movement especially in crowded public places, these particular glasses do make you look a bit of a dork, to be honest. But then again, that will probably go mostly unnoticed on the streets of Tokyo … (or those of New York, for that matter.)
Today’s exciting announcement from Lomography about Lomochrome Purple is bound to get some people excited and others totally confused. First off, know that it is based off of Kodak Aerochrome–an old infrared film developed for government surveillance. Since it is infrared, that means that there are no real purple fields in the Congo. So we’re here to answer a couple of big questions that you may have about the new film. Check out more information after the jump.
RiceHigh picked up on some interesting news right out of Japan. Pentax has released a new 645D IR; that’s right, infrared! In all seriousness, it seems to be the same camera but with the lack of an IR filter, and Pentax even says in the translation themselves that they’ll be making them in limited quantities. Release date is supposed to be tomorrow, Dec 12 2012; and there is no word yet on pricing. No word on when it will be coming to the good old U.S. of A.
Meanwhile, still no news on the full frame front; which many Pentaxians (especially lots of Pentax users I know that have used the system since the 70s) are waiting for with bated breath.