I’ve have had a roll of Kodak EKTACHROME Infrared EIR in my fridge for a year or so now. For those of you that don’t know this is a colour Infrared slide film (E6 processing, #SayNoToXPRO). We have been having a particularly fine summer here in London so I figured why not shoot it and see what happens…
I used my Google-Fu skills – thank you, Denise, for that term – and came to the conclusion that I would shoot it rated at EI 200 but also bracket a shot at EI 320. This would be with a yellow filter, as that was the perceived wisdom, along with some shot under an orange filter as ‘persuaded’ by a certain reclusive evil billionaire. I put my plans on Twitter and was also sent other thoughts and ideas which I really appreciated. That said, there seems to be a lot of myths around this film and especially how sensitive it is to light when you handle it.
I duly loaded the film in the camera, no dark bag, just under a cushion while peaking at it. No film seems to have been harmed in this process. Disclaimer: don’t do I what I did, the film is expensive and if it goes wrong because you followed some idiot on a 5 Frames With blog instead of the instructions on the box then you are on your own.
Normally when you see colour Infrared shots they are of nature scenes. Whilst that is important, I wanted to shoot this in an urban setting plus I was too lazy to go far from my office in Central London.
Thus I went out with my trusty Olympus OM1n and a 16mm Fisheye, 28mm and 100mm lens.
I used the yellow filter with the 16mm and 28mm lenses, and an orange filter with the 100mm. The shots featured here are all with the yellow filter and shot at 200. The 320 rating did not work so well… The actual slides had a purple cast which has been corrected in post.
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