I first heard of color infrared film, when a working collegue of mine showed me his pictures from 20 years ago, when these films were still produced and distributed by the Kodak Company.
But as many good analogue things end, they are not available any more. But then I got a hint: somebody is still cutting 120 infra-red films out of big sheets of Aerochrome film! The availability also comes to its end, but I got the chance to get some here .
The films have an ISO around 400, which changes with the distance to sea level. On a high mountain it is probably different then at the beach – this is in the nature of the aerochrome film, which should show the difference between mountains and flat country. It is highly recommanded to use a filter. The effects of the filter depend on the light conditions – as it is not possible to see the infrared light, it is hard to tell in advance how the picture would look like. A red filter, like it is used for black and white infrared films, tends to dark, red pictures. An orange filter makes green skies and red trees. A yellow filter makes blue skies and pink trees. I tried my first film in a Lubitel with orange filter. Luckily I had some bright sunny days, and so the results are really impressive! Here are some pictures I took with orange filter:
The most beautiful shott that I got from the first film, is about a tree. I also took one picture with Holga and Fuji Provia 400 xpro, and one with LC-A+ and the orange filter I used, film was Konica Chrome 100 xpro. Here are the results, for comparing the infrared effect.
My second film was not so successful. The weather was dizzying (confusing me with what aperture setting to use), most of the shots were too dark (I think I counted the exposure time wrong), and I used a yellow filter. Here are some shoots with yellow filter:
I also tried a red filter, which leads to very pink shoots:
I also tried a night shots, a long exposure of the big moon. The night shoot looks pretty normal, compared to the night shoots I normally take with Provia for example. I would recommend to use the EIR on a bright sunny day to see it’s full power!
This is the most interesting film I ever used, and it makes me sad that it’s availability comes to an end. Everybody who has the possibility to use it should do so. And don’t waste it – take a nice orange or yellow filter and use it on a bright sunny day!
A great and detailed review by larslau with great pictures