Saturday, 23 May 2015
Friday, 22 May 2015
2013 saw the demise of one of the last true infra red films, Efke IR820. Although it had certain quality control issues, IR820 was a lovely infra red film to use with great tones and a dreamy grain. When I heard that production was due to stop I purchased all the rolls I could find (about 35) and have slowly been using them up since then.
One of the effects of IR film is to render vegetation white and this can create quite a dazzling effect which I find overpowering. For that reason I actually prefer to shoot IR film in winter or early spring - the effect of the film is softer and more subtle but you still get the darkened skies or dramatic clouds for which IR film is also known.
I finished off the last four rolls of Efke a month ago. I two films into my 6x9 backs for the Mamiya Universal Press and loaded two Holgas and drove to Turnford Brook in the Lea Vally Nature Reserve. These photos came from the Mamiya - I'll post the Holga shots separately.
I'll miss shooting Efke.