Spring finally came to Seattle.  At least a first taste of spring.  After six months of darkness and frequent irrigation the least the Pacific Northwest could do was provide one lovely weekend.

Seattle had originally planned to build a second freeway that would cut through the Washington State Arboretum and the onramps that would have connected that highway to the 520 still exist.  They’re scheduled to be demolished in the next few years but for the time being they provide a nice walkway out over the bay.

I’ve been working with the Hoya R72 Infrared filter on and off with the Fuji X-Pro 1.  Its not a true IR filter as it allows light below the infrared region through but does give a strong infrared effect.   This was one of the better infrared sessions I’ve had, probably because of the bright afternoon sunlight.

My post-production sessions were far more successful as well.  After doing some additional reading, I started adjusting the levels of each of the three RGB channels separately.   Previously I just adjusted my exposure in Lightroom and tried converting to B&W from there.   Being closest to the infrared part of the spectrum the Red channel gets the most signal and the Blue channel gets the least.  Adjusting them separately gives you far better contrast and solved the muddy tones that I had struggled with previously.

One technical issue that I don’t think can be solved except in Lightroom is a hotspot in the center of the frame when using the 18-55mm f/2.8-4.0 lens.  Another blogger who converted their X-Pro 1 to infrared only use states that some lenses will produce hotspots in the infrared spectrum due to coatings on both the glass and the barrel.  The 18-55mm produces a hotspot at nearly all apertures so its not a good candidate for infrared work.  I’ll have to see how the upcoming 10-24mm works out.

This was easily resolved in Lightroom but does require a bit of burning.