Struggling with the Infrared

2012-12-21 4

I have spent around a month with an Orwo TC27 ISO 400 film, loaded in the Nikon F65. It has been my first infrared experience and, although on some photos the color-modifying effect can’t be well seen, I think that the results are worth it.

First try with an infrared film. For this first test I chose the black and white Orwo TC27 400 film, available in the Lomography Store. I had liked a lot the results that can be seen on other infrared photos of the community.

The change of the light really draws my attention, I think it is important to have the sun in front, kind of the same way I pretend to when using a Redscale:

Very interesting results can also be obtained when the sunlight and the darkness of the autumn overcast are combined in the sky:

On the other hand, the urban landscapes maintain the vintage touch on the film and awesome results can be obtained when playing with perspectives and depths:

Finally, nature changes on infrared. Maybe the black and white doesn’t show exactly the change of color, but the photos taken in the city parks have a special charm.

All the photos were taken with a Nikon F65, which years ago had an IR filter attached to the 28-80 lens, that’s why they came out as a normal B/W film. There are some in which the effect can be slightly seen, but a lot less than in other photos found in other Lomohomes.

written by jalo on 2012-12-21 #gear #infrared #review #b-n #orwo
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  1. simonh82
    simonh82 ·

    Good review and nice photos but they don't look like typical black and white IR photographs. What filter where you using? An R72 or similar would normally give you almost black sky's and white foliage. I would also expect it to be higher contrast.

  2. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    You also need, with the R72 IR filter to overexpose the value of the film for 4-5 steps, at least (12 iso for a 400 iso film) to get the typical IR effect, and of course a lot of sunlight and green nature (that will become totally white) I used this technique for these albums……

  3. bsdunek
    bsdunek ·

    Both simonh82 and vicuna are correct. Maybe your old IR filter has faded. The other thing is, foliage is what makes IR photos spectacular. Many of these photos don't have much or no foliage, so you won't get that effect. It took me a while to get good IR photos, so keep trying. You've got a good start.

  4. masala27
    masala27 ·

    Good article and feedback about filter and stops. I will try soon too.

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