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Meeting The Last Hobo in Murcia

Walking by night through the streets of Murcia – the city I live in I met by chance a fascinating person. I was with friends and we were investigating some shared weed and playing simple tunes on a guitar, freezing a little on concrete steps of a portal. A shabby-looking man with a dog (oh how appearances weigh on our judgement!) found us amusing, came up and asked if he could join. Since he smelled, was over two times our age and obviously a mendigo (a Spanish word for a vagrant) no one was all too welcoming, and neither did anyone notice a curiously shaped guitar, wrapped in some dirty blankets on the man’s back. Fortunately he didn’t really need an answer, was just being polite, and joined us straight away.
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Olympus OM-D E-M10 Infrared (Wide Spectrum) Conversion and Disassembly

E-M10 Infrared 3Today I have a real treat for all of you DIY and weird (oh I meant “wide”) spectrum photography fans. Dušan Veselý, a Slovakian IR magician has successfully converted an Olympus OM-D E-M10 to infrared and has kindly agreed to share the photos of the process with us. Make sure to check out his website:, and his facebook channel He is offering IR conversions for all brands of cameras, so if you’re in Europe and feel faint after seeing what it takes to convert an OM-D all by your lonesome – you should check out his offer!

Using the OM-D for infrared photography

As is the case with all of the mirrorless EVIL (acronym for electronic viewfinder, interchangeable lenses) cameras, the OM-D uses contrast detection to focus automatically. This means that after being converted, the autofocus will continue to work spot-on. It also has a great electronic viewfinder which is really of great help while shooting in the sun. And since most of the infrared shooting happens on bright, sunny days this camera is perfect for what we do. Of course it also has a tilting screen, flash and the best image quality currently available for micro four thirds photographers. Frankly I myself wouldn’t dare to do what Dušan did to my own precious OM-D just yet, so kudos to him!
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Olympus E-PL2 Infrared (Wide Spectrum) Conversion

Whoa! It’s been quite a while since I last posted anything on this website. In the meanwhile I moved to Spain and only recently did I manage to recover a little bit of Zen and time to be able to focus on photography. There will be changes here! But for now, to kick everything off I’m sharing with you the process of converting an Olympus PEN E-PL2 to infrared.

Olympus E-PL2 Infrared Conversion

The E-PL2 is a great camera to convert. The process is very easy, just like in case of its preceeding model, the E-PL1 (click here to see the conversion tutorial for E-PL1) but the specs and overall usability of the E-PL2 are much better. Here is why the E-PL2 is much better than E-PL1 for infrared shooting;

  • E-PL2 has a much better LCD screen – it has 3 inches and twice the resolution at 460K dots. The screen is simply great, and larger than in the following “lite” models such as E-PL3 or E-PM1.
  • It has inherited a control wheel from the then-flagship E-P2. One is better than none. Especially when you use it alongside other PEN’s or OM-D’s it makes the user experience much more fluid.
  • Better in-camera processing and noise reduction – and this is important when shooting false colour images, where we stretch the very limited range of what’s left of our colours to make our photos “pop”.
  • All in all I consider the E-PL2 a better camera than the E-P2, thats why I kept it as my main IR camera for now. They are a bit hard to come by, but quite inexpensive, so jump at one when you have the chance!

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WordPress Registration Custom Fields, Saving and Validation

Wordpress custom registration fieldsThis is a quick and quality solution for every developer that needs / wants to add custom fields to the user registration process and use them later. I needed this badly for my WordPress Multisite installation and couldn’t find a description anywhere. Now before we begin it’s good to note that:

  • This solution uses three custom functions connected to WP’s hooks and filters and so doesn’t touch the core,
  • My setup included a multisite installation and I’m running the great Theme My Login plugin to bring the user registration process to frontend. This plugin however just re-uses existing WP code and so the following solution should also work without this plugin installed.
  • I wanted to expand the registration process as pictured on the right – add a simple captcha field and add one dropdown list with two values: ‘jobseeker’, and ’employer’. The latter needed to be saved into the database under the ‘user_type’ user meta field.

How the user registration process goes

  • Once the user signs up for his/her account but before its activation (by clicking on a link in the user activation email), instead of creating the account right away WP creates a record in  the wp_signups table, like so
    Fragment of wp_signups table
  • Custom user meta fields that you want to include are put inside a serialized array in the meta column (the last column on the phpMyAdmin screenshot above). As you can see I added a meta field called “user_type” with the value “employer”.
  • Once our user activates his/her account, all data inside that array is converted into familiar user_meta fields that we can easily retrieve.

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Olympus C5060 IR Conversion using an abrasive solution

Olympus C5060One of my readers, Geoff Raygada from UK gave us all an amazing treat by sending me his detailed tutorial about converting the Olympus Camedia C5060 to infrared. You can read it in full below. Geoff is an avid photographer and he also was kind enough to share with us some samples of his infrared photography that you can see right here

Make sure to check out his flickr profile. Thanks Geoff! The difference between Geoff’s approach and mine is that so far I’ve always replaced the set of filters with clear, optical, borofloat glass (hence getting rid of the anti aliasing filter in the process), while he chose sensibly to preserve the original filter while only removing the infrared-blocking layer by means of polishing it off entirely.

Here are some specs (from The Imaging Resource) of the C5060:

  • Five-megapixel sensor, delivering 2,592 x 1,944-pixel images
  • Super wide angle lens, with 4x optical zoom, equivalent to a 27-110mm lens on a 35mm camera
  • Enhanced histogram function for better exposures
  • Bulb shutter setting for long exposures
  • Accepts xD-Picture Card and CompactFlash memory card formats

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