Leica M Monochrom mit Leica Summicron-M 50mm und infrared filter 1/90" f16 ISO 2000 Edited in Silver Efex Pro 2
Except for a pause caused by Leica's delay in servicing my Monochrom (more about this in a forthcoming post), that has been my main camera for the last seven months, and no doubt will be for a long time in the future. As I already stated, shooting the Leica M Monochrom is a unique experience which, on the other hand, involves a steep learning curve (more about this too in my forthcoming review).
In order to get things a little more complicated I decided to experiment infrared photography. This simply means screwing an almost black glass filter in front of the lens (I chose the Heliopan RG 715) and take an image by capturing the tiny "slice" of the invisible infrared light spectrum which Monochrom's sensor is sensible to. Whereas other digital cameras have a more extended sensitivity towards infrared, the Monochrom doesn't. Thus the high ISO values needed in order to avoid heavy underexposure when shooting handheld (PhotoGraphia regulars know how much I hate tripods). But high ISO values with the Monochrom are a viable option, so why give up the charming, surreal lighting an infrared capture can deliver in black and white, especially in a not-so-clear day?
These three photographs are the result of my first ride with the IR filter. It would have been wiser if I chose to shoot with a shorter lens, as infrared focuses differently from visible light -beacause of its different wavelenght-, so focus is critical. You got to guesstimate a little closer than normal, and a bigger depth-of-field could turn up to be very helpful in this regard. Next time I'll use my Elmarit-M 28mm, which is one of the sharpest wide angle lenses currently available.
Leica M Monochrom mit Leica Summicron-M 50mm und infrared filter 1/45" f16 ISO 800 Edited in Silver Efex Pro 2
Leica M Monochrom mit Leica Summicron-M 50mm und infrared filter 1/30" f16 ISO 800 Edited in Silver Efex Pro 2