Recently, I’ve been experimenting with photographing the landscape of Liverpool’s Sefton Park with an infrared (IR) filter mounted onto my Fuji X100. The X100 makes for a very capable IR camera with a Hoya R72 49mm filter. Using this combination, even in bright sunlight, often requires the use of a steady tripod (my Benro carbon fibre tripod does a fine job) due to the relatively long exposures required to capture enough of the IR light which makes it past the X100’s internal IR blocking filter. For those times when a longer exposure is required to smooth out moving water or to make moving people disappear from the resultant image, the X100’s built-in 2-stop ND filter comes in very useful.
The Liverpool Lantern Company and co. once again put on an excellent Halloween lantern carnival at Sefton Park. It’s reported that this completely free event attracted approximately 20,000 people. When you think how much organisation must go into to planning such a massive event in pitch black darkness it’s difficult not to be impressed. There were people of all ages in attendance including families with young children. Everyone I saw seemed to be having a great time. I can’t wait for next year’s event!