We know you're all convinced that Kodak's infrared film is one rare gem in the analogue-loving world, and we're even more sure that the infrared snaps you'll find after the jump will simply blow you away!
Among the most coveted emulsions in the film photography world, infrared films like Kodak’s Aerochrome and Ektachrome Infrared EIR are what lomographers’ dreams are made of: richly saturated photos dripping in funky colors. The foliage turns red, orange, pink, and purple, depending on the filter used. The result? Surreal landscapes that would surely delight the master surrealist Salvador Dali himself.
The beautiful photos below, taken by Aldo Altamirano with a Nikon F6 (AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D with B+W #099 IR filter) and a 35mm Kodak Ektachrome Infrared EIR makes him one of the luckiest photographers ever. Reading his Flickr photo and description of this film, it’s certain that he’s aware of this as well:
“This is an almost impossible-to-find film, if you are lucky, you may be able to find one roll frozen on eBay for about $60 (US dollars as per 2012). There are many reasons for that; it has been discontinued years ago, it was made in small batches, it only last about a month out of the fridge and it was an expensive film already in its time, about 5 times more than a regular roll.”
As for his thoughts on shooting with film, he says:
“To me, film just looks better. The way I see the world is the way it is captured on film— the subtle tones (or the vivid ones), the grain, the contrasts, the imperfections, the atmosphere and mood. There are many reasons why I love film but it’s one of those things you have to try to learn to love it and it can’t be described with words.
“There is no ‘delete’ button, no LCD screen to look at, no instant gratification, film makes you slow down in this crazy world where everything needs to be fast.
Like Vincent Laforet said ‘As the world continues to move faster and faster, as processors, resolutions, dynamic ranges, and terabytes keep increasing at an exponential rate, sometimes I think we could all do with a roll of 36 exposures.’”
Follow Aldo Altamirano and see more of his Kodak Ektachrome Infrared EIR photos on Flickr!