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© Matthew Abrams
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I snapped this photo on a recent trip to the NYC area, the building is the welcome and information center for the historical Staten Island conference house. I used two layers of full exposed and developed color film negative taped over the lens of my Blackberry Storm's camera to physically block out the visible light spectrum. With a high enough ISO and a long enough exposure time, enough of the infrared spectrum is able to get through the phones internal IR block filter to come out with a decent shot. I don't know the exact settings as my blackberry does it all automatically and doesn't give up the full Exif data, but I estimate by the noise that the ISO is 400 or higher and the exposure time was around a full second. I also used the camera's internal black and white mode as opposed to converting it to b/w later. The only final editing was levels and curves adjustment in CS-3. It really just started out as a fun experiment, but I really like how the sky and the wood effect of the foliage came out.

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  • Kathryn Cutler

    Kathryn Cutler said (3 Jun 2010):

    this is a very interesting shot! i like it :)

  • MJ Green

    MJ Green said (2 Jul 2010):

    I love it! IR cell phone ;) nice work

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