Dang Wang II

Here comes the finale to the Dangi Wang Dang Wangi pictures. But first, a trip on the monorail, in infrared, with infinity focus on my Fujifilm Digital Q1 manual-focus infrared-modded camera.

Leave me behind.


The city looks weirdly like a patch growing amongst low-rise buildings.

Stadium Merdeka.

The new mosque near Hang Tuah Monorail. (All these shots on a moving monorail train. Hail the infrared-sensitivity, which gives me a sure 1/2000th of a second exposure, fast enough for all motion!)

I got back in color on my old Canon Powershot A520 for this, from a window in Berjaya Times Square.

Athena is not mirrored.

We headed to Dang Wangi, with a most discriminatory signboard. No rempits!

This was not shot in monochrome. I don’t know how it got this desaturated.

Still standing.

Raymond metering.

They closed the site where we camwhored previously!

There was another still open, but not as appealing.

So we, uh, took pictures of ourselves. *insert CGI sequence zooming in to my camera, to see…*


Without an infrared-passing filter, certain objects (like Athena’s bag) absorb infrared, thus reflecting normal light only. The rest is that color because it reflects a lot of infrared.)

It makes for a very cool accidental color-accenting effect. Most black shirts appear bright in infrared, but some don’t and may be used in infrared photography for cool effect.

A stairway near the station. The softness and vignetting are a natural byproduct of the cheap manual focus lens. Digital lomo baby!

Athena took this.

Why’d they rip a shoplot apart, I do not know.


Grace the eternal camwhore.

Amazing; the Proton car absorbed infrared.

We then ran to The Bodhi Tree for food as it started dristling and the mosquitoes marked their territory at dawn.

Grace through the 52mm Hoya R72 infrared-passing filter.

Sneak preview of things to come. Grace’s friend Kok Kiong had an Olympus E-500 digital SLR and I got to play with it! While I’d been wondering why their lenses were all so short, like 40-150mm F3.5-4.5, it was justified because the dSLRs had a 2x crop factor. So it would crop (somewhat) like a 80-300mm on film (or around 55-200mm for a dSLR with 1.5x crop factor.) Yep, the viewfinder was dark because of the 2x crop factor. However, the 300mm-like crop was at F4.5! That was brighter than the budget lenses which usually end at 200mm F5.6. Both the 14-50mm and 40-150mm had 52mm screw threads, so you can imagine how small they were. No wait, here’s a picture.

We dashed through the alleys in the rain…

…and reached Dang Wangi LRT station, where, uh, KJ dictates his plan for world domination, and an interested twisted sadistic tyrant listens.

8 thoughts on “Dang Wang II

  1. Albert Ng Post author

    Shaolintiger: Sadly, your D200 blocks a lot more IR than older models:


    I heard that Nikon dSLRs are much easier to convert than Canon ones. If you find a hot mirror/infrared-blocking filter around town, tell me, as I’ve been looking for it myself.

    The Canon Powershot A70 is relatively much more sensitive, and you could try removing its filter. 😀

    Asyraf Lee: She is linked up there. 😛

  2. ShaolinTiger Post author

    Aye Albert, I’ve been thinking of doing that as it’s pretty screwed anyway, I’ll remove a replacement comes along heh, still need something portable and small occasionally. I’ve seen some IR from my cam but yeh it does block a lot and you have to push the WB way over to get decent effects. Will consider other options heh.

  3. Albert Ng Post author

    The answer is SIOIL, upside-down. 😉

    The A70 would be perfect for this; I LOVE Canon’s false color scheme so much that I don’t set IR white balance. Other brands translate IR to red. With crossed polarizers and a red filter, I can kill off some areas (making them purple because only IR comes through) while leaving some bright areas (leaving them red). This gives more flexibility in the colorization during post-processing. 😀


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