Tag: Infrared

A Different Space

While walking in Edinburgh, we passed by what appeared to be a playing field. After seeing hills of rock and natural ground cover, seeing this perfectly flat space covered by artificial turf seemed almost surrealistic, and an infrared treatment seemed appropriate.

Playing field in Edinburgh

Nikon D7100, 18-200mm Nikon lens
Post-processing with Lightroom and Nik Efex

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Tracks Revisited

(Scheduled post while I’m away)

I’ve been to these tracks many times. First time I’ve shot them in infrared.

Don Valley

Rolleiflex E3, 75mm/3.5 Xenotar with IR 72 filter,
Rollei Retro 80s film
developed in Rodinal 1+50 for 14 minutes @ 20 C

The Don River

This past weekend on another gloriously sunny day I went out to do some more infrared shooting; I am definitely binging!

Don Valley

Rolleiflex E3, 75mm/3.5 Xenotar lens with IR72 Infrared filter.
Exposure 1/2 second @f16

Rollei Retro 80s film,
developed in Rodinal 1+50 for 14 minutes @ 20 C

A Different Infrared Look

Yesterday I went down to the Beaches with a couple of cameras loaded wih EFKE 820 Aura infrared film. This film is no longer made, and the remaining rolls are fetching high prices on eBay etc. I had three rolls of this stock, two years past date and not cold-stored, so there is no way the film should have worked, but it did 🙂

EFKE 820 Aura036

Rolleiflex E3, 75mm/3.5 Xenotar lens with IR72 filter
One second exposure @ fll

A Magic World

Around 30 years ago in the early 1980’s I shot a roll of Kodak Infrared Ektachrome E4 Slide film (you can see an image from that roll here). It was magic, but I never got around to shooting more of it.

A couple of weeks ago I shot two more rolls of Colour Infrared Slide film, purchased from the Film Photography Project online store. They have a limited supply of an equivalent E6 process infrared slide film, expired but cold stored. Here is one of my favourite images:

IR slide047
With the proper filtration (in this case a yellow-green filter and a polarizing filter) you get some really interesting colour effects, with foliage coming out red in a lot of cases, and blues tone becoming very vivid. The world becomes a different, alien, fantastic place.

I wish I could shoot this film stock all the time, as I don’t feel digital infrared (either post-processed faux infrared, or specially converted digital camera) gives the same magical effect. But I must be realistic: this film is not cheap, it is no longer made, and E6 slide processing is getting rarer, except by mail order.

A magic, but transient moment, and I mourn its imminent passing.

If At First You Don’t Succeed

This past Saturday I was with my Photographic friends Mike and Donna, shooting infrared film In Kleinburg, Ontario. I was shooting Efke 820 Aura infrared film, but the it turned out the filter (an IR 920) was blocking the wrong light, and when I developed the film that evening, I was horrified to see basically a blank roll :-(. All I have from Saturday is mosquito bites.

Not wanting to admit defeat, I went out on Sunday with a different filter (this time an IR 72) and a different infrared film to Guild Park in Scarborough, and had somewhat better luck 🙂

Guild Park Infrared 3

 

(Nikon F3, 28mm/2.8 Nikkor lens, Rollei Retro 80s film, IR72 filter, 1 second exposure @ f16,
developed in HC-110 Dilution H for 10 minutes @ 20 C)

Power

It has been quite awhile since I have seen non-expired colour infrared film available for sale. Black and white is easy to get, though not inexpensive, but not colour, so today I have a faux-infrared image taken with my iPhone using the Hipstamatic application. When I walk to from the bus stop to my office I pass large power lines and towers every day, and I am always struck by the lines and drama.

Power