I first experimented with infrared film back in the late 1970’s, really enjoyed the color shifts using various filters, it gives you a sense of painting with film, having control over the exposure and light as all exposures are taken in manual mode.
I recently purchased some Kodak Aerochrome III 1443 color positive infrared film (stored in a deep freeze). It was $40 a roll and $20 to develop so I had to plan out my shots – shooting color infrared is expensive. According to the container it’s in, the film expired in 2004. I took the photos below at the Lake of the Ozarks Missouri with my Canon EOS-1N and Canon 17-40mm lens mostly at 17mm and f/11-16.
The first photo is using an Orange Filter, the filters I’m using are nothing special, 77mm gels I ordered from China, hard to find but good results.
The second photo is using a blue filter, the Third photo is using the standard Yellow filter which everyone tells you to use when shooting Infrared film. Fourth and Fifth photos using a Blue filter. I have 6 different colored filters that I use depending on the light and exposure.
Shooting Infrared is exciting it allows you to experiment with colors, light and exposure to visually paint the photo your looking for, and of course with film there is always the anticipation, waiting to see if you did indeed get the shot.
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