Saturday, April 29, 2006

Infrared Film Tests from last year


Blogger micki said...

There is a small room in the house that should really be used as a bedroom, but the kids like to share rooms and isn’t that one of the benefits of having brothers and sisters?? No one misses having a room of their own, and I find that too cool. So, this little room has become my drum room/scrapbooking/photography supplies room. It just all lands in there. Every time I have the kids on a break from school work, I clean the room up so that I can walk through to my drums and the closet without tripping and breaking my somethin’ or other.

When I was cleaning up this week, I found last year’s second roll of infrared film prints. I shot these in late summer and this was a test roll. Almost no useable prints (I had great beginner’s luck with the first roll. Most came out well on that first roll, but as I bracketed like crazy, there were less than a dozen different prints.) The shots I took on this second roll were all either predawn images or some taken about an hour and a half after sunrise. The ideal time for shooting infrared is during those forbidden hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Nice dark skies and wonderful lighting during those hours. The pictures I’m posting today were of the early morning shots. As I mentioned the other day, I really like high key images. These two shots appeal to me. They didn’t quite scan in as well as the prints (more on my scanning in a minute), but I think you’ll get the gist of how they turned out. The first shot is probably a wee bit off on the exposure, but I really like the dreamy feel to this one. The second image was a tricky shot that obviously didn’t work out as originally planned. There is a short line of two rows of evergreens I pass by when heading down to the point of the peninsula I live on. These trees are in perfect alignment and I thought they’d make an interesting composition. Very hard shot to expose because of the deep shade and the red filter on the lens. The print came back looking like a pencil sketch. Thought I’d share that mistake that worked out nicely in a different way than planned. Oh, Suby, I know I won’t get the coveted “me likey” nod from you today, *sigh

Three more rolls of film were scanned in yesterday at my lab and I glanced over them this morning. They seem a little light, as did the previous three rolls. So I scanned in the print of yesterday’s photo and compared it with the scan from my lab. My eyes do not deceive; yesterday’s scan from the lab is much lighter than the print and my scan of the print. So, although I’ll continue to have the lab scan my negatives, (it is free, after all) I don’t know if I’ll continue to post those scans or scans of my prints. It depends on each shot. I guess that puts me back in the market for my own scanner again. I could’ve bought a nice one with what I just paid for my new washer.

Tree Maxxum 7000 Kodak HIE Infrared film rated at ISO 400 (I think) 1/30 f-11 Aperture Mode Infrared focusing Sigma 35-135mm zoom lens

Pencil Sketched Trees Minolta Maxxum 7000 Kodak HIE Infrared film rated at ISO 400 (I think) 2 seconds f-11 Aperture Mode Infrared focusing Sigma 35-135mm zoom lens

8:30 AM  
Blogger DAVE ( said...

I LOVE INFRARED. That tree is wonderful.

10:07 AM  
Blogger Ali said...

I really need to try infrared photography. Your shots are big reasons why.

BTW - thats one LONG writeup!

10:30 AM  
Anonymous jessica said...

i really like the top image - delicate and ghostly. now THESE are the cool things you can do with film (both shoot infrared AND lose rolls to find later ;)

10:33 AM  
Blogger Jerry said...

you have many idea for pictures:)
I'll go back to thailand, and have break next month. here north america is tough for me. i took much trouble to even only to get air ticket. i think we asian are manias to feel responsibility for what we do. it never happens in north america. it's very difficult for me.

10:53 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Good for you! I really want to try my hand at this. Very cool.

10:56 AM  
Anonymous Otto K said...

What a neat discovery to make after all this time. I especially like the top tree.

11:07 AM  
Blogger Laurie said...

Hi Micki,

These are very cool shots, even if they didn't turn out how you wanted.

About how they end up looking on the monitor after they were scanned at home vs the lab, it may be a calibration issue with your monitor. I used to have a problem with that also, until I used a calibration tool to change the monitor settings. I have one linked on my site that works very well and made quite a difference in how I saw my photos and how they actually printed. My monitor was pretty "off".

Here is the link:

Follow the instructions (especially about ambient light) and you might see a difference if your monitor is "off" like mine was.

I also got a new monitor last week which made even more of a difference. The "old" one was very good, but this one is even better.

The old one had developed a rogue green pixel, that started to really get on my nerves. I gave it to the boys and they are thrilled even with the green pixel.

11:15 AM  
Blogger Laurie said...

I almost forgot. One lab where I used to get prints, had bad calibration. The prints would come back entirely too dark from what I had. I thought, at first it was me, or the camera, until I went to a different lab. Those same shots that were nearly black from the first lab were now exactly as I had seen them on my monitor and the new lab's monitor without any adjustments. I did however, send my files over the internet to the first lab. I'm not sure if it would have made a difference if I went and did them myself using their monitors. It may have just not been a good lab. I am very happy with the new one however. They are fast too.


11:25 AM  
Blogger Nicola said...

Wow, that's an interesting technique. I don't hink I've ever seen a photo from an infrred film...

12:07 PM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Nice one Micki. I always wanted to try out infrared, but it seems my camera cannot do it :(

2:15 PM  
Anonymous idreaminred said...

i never got to experiment with infrared. i always wanted to though. the tree is very cool. the second one almost looks as if you are standing in a snow storm. nice. =D

5:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOAW...just like you described in your "2days's photo" This one had me screaming...and jump off my seat... WOAW...I think that's all I'll say for now...


5:53 PM  
Anonymous Hendra said...

I like the looks of infrared photos. They are special. I tried it using my digital camera with R72 filter sometime back ... with the results were not great. Especially since my canon 20D was not designed to do this kind of photography. But I still like infrared photos. I may convert my 20D to be a dedicated infrared camera later.

6:31 PM  
Blogger Dave MacIntyre said...

ecStellar captures!! Very cool Micki!

7:23 PM  
Blogger DEREK said...

glad you found them, love em!

7:55 PM  
Blogger Naturegirl said...

Way COOL for sure first impression!!
The second shot looks like an "etching"!!

10:45 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

Very cool looking.

11:44 PM  
Blogger Sidney said...

Nice effect! I should try this out one day !

11:57 PM  
Blogger Azhar said...

Nice shots.I've never seen infrared photos on a photoblog - creative :)

Hey Micki - I added a link to you on my blog if you can, can you please return the favour?
Thanks :)

12:19 AM  
Anonymous Raymond Tse said...

Great infra red photos - I bought an infra red filter from eBay last week and can't wait to give it a go.

2:43 AM  
Blogger askme2flashU said...

What a great find Micki. I really like the second one. Definitely enters into the realm of high key art. I'll give it my highest complement, I'd love to have it hanging on my wall.

5:43 AM  
Blogger Gardengirl said...

I have never heard of infrared film. The results are spectacular. I love looking at your posts.

7:44 AM  
Anonymous 19 Seconds Of Spring said...

Great pictures... Love the atmosphere of these infrared shots!

6:36 PM  
Anonymous eterisk said...

Great.. I really have to try infrared some day.

6:24 AM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

The second image is absolutely sublime - ghostly. Looks like a very old glass plate image to me - a beautifully delicate effect, whether intended or not :-)

6:58 AM  

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