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Old Apr 23, 2009, 1:01 AM   #1
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Since I am working mostly with film now(for class) I thought I try a roll of infrared film. I bought a roll of Ilford spx 200 film. I loaded the film into my K1000 body and slapped on a Hoya Red filter on it. I accidently set the camera to 400 iso while the film was only 200 iso so the image is more grainer than it should be.

After a week or shooting in the backyards of California I developed the film today. Sadly it did not come out as I expected. It did not have the look and feel of an infrared picture. It looks like a typical BW image with a deep red filter on it.

So here are some sample image that I took and scanned into digital. I did some minor pp like dodging/burning and cropping in lightroom. Nothing heavly adjusted.

The wind mills of Highway 12


Good old San Francisco Twin Peaks


At the top of Mt. Diablo


More can be seen here as well as bigger image size as well.
http://saelee.smugmug.com/gallery/79...18982075_t9F8Q

As always comments and critiques are welcome.

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Old Apr 23, 2009, 9:49 AM   #2
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The pictures are still nice, interesting b&w pictures. Which Hoya red filter do you have? I've been thinking of buying the R72 to use with the K100 - I understand that combination will work reasonably well for IR. I know what you mean about the look - I would have thought the green brush in the second one to be lighter. The composition on that one is really neat.
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Old Apr 23, 2009, 2:38 PM   #3
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The pictures are still nice, interesting b&w pictures. Which Hoya red filter do you have? I've been thinking of buying the R72 to use with the K100 - I understand that combination will work reasonably well for IR. I know what you mean about the look - I would have thought the green brush in the second one to be lighter. The composition on that one is really neat.
I did not use a special IR filter I used a dark red Hoya filter. When I bought the film the sales rep(an actual photographer from a mom/pop shop) said the red filter should be fine. My teacher said the red filter would work as well.

The IR film does cut through smog and fog though like this image.


When I took the shot, I could hardly see the bridge and the mountains where not visible at all.
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Old Apr 23, 2009, 11:35 PM   #4
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Ah - most interesting (as you can tell, I know very little about IR, having never tried it). It would be nice to have a way to cut through fog if you are in Bay area much!
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Hi superakuma.

I never played with IR film -- too touchy. My Panasonic FZ1 is very IR sensitive though and works great with a Hoya R72 giving the white foliage and black sky. You can actually see the IR image in the viewfinder, meter, and hand hold with the Mega OIS. This is the main reason that I keep it, though I really don't shoot a lot of IR. Hmmm -- maybe I should break it out and play once everything greens up. . .

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I would not have expected an ordinary red filter to work. The infrared filters are red, but very, very dark.

I've taken shots on a Pentax *ist DL2, and have gotten resonable results.
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