Nathan Wirth uses long exposure or an infrared converted digital camera to shoot his fine art landscapes. Here he captures an infrared, ‘Road and Light – Howth Park, Santa Rosa, CA’.
What’s in your camera bag?
Sony Alpha 850, Sony Alpha 100 Infrared Converted Camera, Canon G10,Sony Sigma 17mm-35mm, Sony 18mm-55mm, Minolta 50mm, Hitech IRND 10 Stop ND Filter, Hitech IRND 6 Stop ND Filter, Hitech IRND 3 Stop ND Filter, Lee “Big Stopper” 10 Stop ND Filter, Lee 3 Stop ND Filter, Lee 3 Stop Graduated ND Filter (Soft), Lee 1 Stop Graduated ND Filter (Soft), Lee 3 Stop Graduated ND Filter (Hard), B+W ND 110 – 10 Stop ND Filter (77mm), B+W ND 110 – 10 Stop ND Filter (55mm), Lee Filter Holder, Lee Filter Holder Adapter 82mm, Lee Filter Holder Adapter 77mm, Lee Filter Holder Adapter 49mm, Neewer® shutter release timer remote control, Hoodman loupe (which I never use), 2 extra batteries, extra scan disk cards, hat (for warmth), battery recharger, fanny pack (for carrying around filters), a good luck Buddha charm that my wife gave me. My tripod does not fit in my bag, but it is essential to my work and goes where I go. I use a Manfrotto 055XPROB Pro Tripod with a Manfrotto 498RC2 Ball Head.
What’s in your bag that is specific to the type of work you shoot? Because I primarily do long exposure work, the ND filters and grads are essential. Over the past two years I have been doing a lot of work with infrared, so the converted camera has become equally essential. I had my Sony Alpha 100 converted by Life Pixel—they removed the filter over the sensor that blocks out infrared light and replaced it with their Deep BW (820nm) filter. This allows me to take hand-held infrared shots, rather than having to use a screw on filter and a tripod. Infrared film is a whole other world of confusion and a very difficult one. I have not pursued it. Digital photography and infrared go together much more easily.