Infrared: On Track with Locomotive 318

by | Jun 6, 2021

Today’s Post by Joe Farace

When I was testing the Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD lens for the former print edition of  Shutterbug magazine, I took it to on of my favorite place, the Colorado Railroad Museum, along with two Canon DSLR bodies—an EOS 5D Mark I and an EOS 50D that had been converted to infrared capture by LifePixel.

How I made this shot: This was one of the images that I made with the EOS 50D. On a camera with an APS-C sized sensor, this particular Tamron lens has the same angle-of-view as a 45-480mm lens. The exposure was 1/800 sec at f/16 and ISO 400. After processing in Silver Efex Pro, the RAW file was platinum toned using the free version of PhotoKit 2 giving the photograph an appropriate “old timey” look.


Life Pixel does a great job with IR conversions and have done most of the conversions for my Canon DSLRs and all of my Panasonic Lumix G-series cameras. This is not a paid or sponsored endorsement, just my experience.

My book, The Complete Guide to Digital Infrared Photography is available new for $54.55 with used copies stating at around thirteen bucks from Amazon as I write this. Creative Digital Monochrome Effects has a chapter on IR photography and is available from Amazon for $19.00 with used copies starting around $2.00 (plus shipping,) a bargain I think.