New life for an old friend

Storm In IR

IR capture of my 2011 Toyota Tacoma “Storm”


I made the jump to serious digital photography in the summer of 2007.  Prior to that I had played around with various digital point and shoot cameras that I always carried around for snapshots, but all my serious work was still done with film.  My first dslr, a Nikon D40, while a very consumer type camera, really sold me on serious digital photography. At that time I didn’t want to invest a larger amount of money into a dslr until I knew that the whole digital thing was going to work for me.  I used that D40 for about 8 months before upgrading to the Nikon D200.

I ended up selling my D40 to help pay for the D200, and even though I still regret that sale, perhaps I will blog about that someday, I absolutely loved the D200.  Up until that point it was the best camera I had ever owned.  I don’t base that statement on image quality alone, I base it on a number of things such as build quality, how it feels in my hands and how it generally is to use.  In many respects it is a very subjective thing.  I used that D200 as my primary camera for a really long time, it is the camera that I shot my now famous haboob time lapse video with, I have sold a lot of prints of images made  with that camera, and I have had images licensed for publications around the world.  In short, some of my most popular work has been captured with that D200. It should come as no surprise that I had developed a bit of an emotional tie to that camera.

In the fall of 2011 it became clear that I needed to add another camera to the lineup so I picked up a Nikon D7000.  The D7000 became my primary body and the D200 became a combo backup / time lapse video camera.  I shot with that lineup until December of 2012 when I picked up a new Nikon D600 and moved the D7000 to the backup / time lapse video role.  The new lineup sort of pushed my old D200 out of the camera bag and into my gear storage locker.  That is until I shipped her off to LifePixel for a Deep B&W IR conversion.

I already had a D200 with a “Super Color IR” conversion from LifePixel and prior to that I had an IR converted Nikon D70s.  IR photography had become a pretty serious part of my photographic life.  Having the old D200 converted and added to the line up really has given the old girl a whole new life.  No longer is she relegated to sitting in my safe “collecting dust.”  She is now half of an IR dedicated camera bag, and is back to being considered a primary shooter, truth be told, I consider both of my IR converted bodies as primary shooters. As the title of this posts says, it have a whole new life to an old friend.

Finally, a little about the image above, I captured it with my old friend this weekend at a park in Olympia, and for those that are wondering about the difference between the “Deep B&W” and the “Super Color” IR cameras, stay tuned, I am working on a screencast and blog post to give side by side comparisons.

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  1. Wei Chong April 22, 2013 at 8:47 pm #

    Hi Scott,

    Been meaning to ask you about your IR converted D200. I’m at the point approaching 100K actuations on mine, and am thinking of converting it, once I get a new camera (D400? will it ever exist?). So your article came just at a good time. I always wondered how you sometimes got unusual color (or not) with your D200. Didn’t know you had 2. Thought it was about software. So am looking forward to your screencase and blog post about the two.

    BTW, what model of Garmin did you end up purchasing?

    Wei Chong

    • ScottWood April 23, 2013 at 12:53 pm #

      I wouldn’t hold my breath for a D400. I firmly believe that the D7000 killed that line of cameras and the new D7100 was simply the final straw, but I could of course be completely wrong. After having shot with a D7000 for over a year, I can’t imagine what they would give me in a D400 that those cameras don’t already deliver.

      As for the GPS, I still haven’t picked one up, got a little side tracked with other expenses.

  2. Kris Koeller April 24, 2013 at 5:08 am #

    Very cool shot. I enjoyed reading the progression of Nikons; I started with a D70, then D80, then D7000 and now D800. We have a D40x in the house that I use occasionally for timelapse. The IR work is intriguing. Maybe I’ll look into that for my old camera…

    • ScottWood April 24, 2013 at 10:06 am #

      Nice progression. I actually tried the D800 but picked the D600 as it felt much more comfortable in my hands than the larger D800 did. The smaller D7000 really sort of spoiled me for having a little extra room in my camera bag also :-)

      I really do regret selling my D40, I should have kept it to use as my car console camera. As it stands right now, I keep my Panasonic LX3 in the console all the time but the D40 would have been perfect.

  3. Mike Criswell April 24, 2013 at 5:07 pm #

    Gotta love IR, this is sweet Scott, nice work, must be IR day!
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    • ScottWood April 25, 2013 at 10:39 pm #

      Every day is IR day for me :-)

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