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Equipment:

 

Medium format: Mamiya 645 Super.
SLR - Nikon F90x / D200. Olympus OM10 & OM2s (The later now deceased - but an absolutely cracking camera, and responsible in producing the majority of my infra red images.)


Film: Last few rolls of Kodak Infra red 35mm film in the fridge / Fujichrome Velvia & Fuji Colour Neg film 120.



Infrared Imagery:

I've been using infra red films since the mid eighties and have always been fascinated by the wonderful unpredictable beauty they capture, unseen to the naked eye.

Infrared photography is the technique of using a specialist film (Kodak 35mm in my case) that is sensitive to infrared radiation. Using Infrared film with filters (B+W) that are usually deep red (89B Equivalent) or even totally black!

Reflected and transmitted infrared radiation can be recorded. (Infrared wavelengths are longer than visible light wavelengths, and therefore the majority are not visible to the human eye.)

Outdoor scenes such as the Harrogate Valley Garden photographs, take on a snow like appearance due to the chlorophyll in healthy plants, which reflect the infrared radiation, whilst absorbing most of the visible light radiation. Other objects are recorded in different ways depending upon the amount of sunlight / cloud coverage / temperature / time of day and even which season it is. Making the results always exciting and unpredictable!

With the recent demise of the Kodak Infra red film (I only have a few rolls left in the fridge) I am looking into purchasing an adapted SLR camera, as I intend to continue working with this marvellous medium.

(I am not keen on the alternative IR films presently available on the market, although there is one I have yet to try. So who knows?) Watch this space.


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