From that Moment

 

puntaeirFrom the moment I developed my first roll of InfraRed film, I knew I was hooked.

It was back in the late 80’s. Very few photographers shot InfraRed because it was extremely difficult to work with. Camera meters were calibrated for visible light and not InfraRed. You had to guesstimate (Bracket) and shoot on average 3 to five different exposures in hopes of nailing the correct one. (You couldn’t just look at the back of the camera like today) The film was expensive and because of bracketing, you would only get 5 to 8 scenes per roll. It came in a canister but had to be loaded in complete darkness. Labs didn’t know how to process it so it was very likely you would get back a blank roll of useless film. Infrared also has a different focusing point than standard light, so even if you happened to get the negatives back from the lab properly processed, they might be blurred.

After unsuccessfully attempting the procedure several times, most photographers would just give up. Why would anyone go to all the trouble?

Because every once in a while, with some luck, and if you followed all the rules correctly, you were rewarded with a glimpse into another world.  It was this extraordinary, unworldly view unlike anything you had initially seen thru the viewfinder. Difficult to explain. Easier to just reveal…

Today, I shoot digital InfraRed. Kodak no longer makes InfraRed film.

Most people who ask me about my work are under the assumption that it’s a simple matter of putting a special filter in front of the camera lens. This is not the case. In fact the camera body has to be opened and parts have to be removed and others have to be added. After the modification, the camera no longer takes standard images.

Oh… but what the camera can capture now…

Image above taken with a Canon EOS 5D mark ii modified for color InfraRed capture.

Exposure 1/1000 @ f/11.


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