Well, it seems that this is “Infrared June”, since I just can’t stop shooting IR photos. I had limited my infrared setup to the B+W 092 filter and Voigtlander Skopar 21mm for quite some time, but recently I have tried different setups like the Voigtlander 15mm with the B+W 093, and today I am uploading photos with the B+W 099 orange IR filter (shot with the Leica Elmarit 28mm f/2.8 lens).
The B+W 099 is a very specialized IR filter, which was suited for color infrared film. There’s no IR color film produced today, so my sole option was the Leica M8 and it’s extra sensitive to infrared light sensor.
The image above sure looks like a panting or a heavily processed image. With the exception of adding more contrast and a little bit saturation, there’s no other process on this image. All I did is setup manually the White Balance on the camera by pointing at grass (just as I do with all my IR photos). You can see that there’s a purplish look on the leaves, while the sky tends to look something between yellow and green.
This is a very alien look which of course is not suited for every subject, but I sure like the look of it on the image above.
A pleasant surprise with the 099 filter, is that you can shoot at almost normal shutter speeds, no comparison at all with the many stops cut whic the 092 and 093 filters have. Handheld shooting is a breeze with this filter !
Now, this image really looks out of this world. I don’t particularly like it, since it reminds me of a cross process effect, but I included it in this post to show the effect of the filter.
The tree above looks again like being heavily processed, but once again, only contrast and saturation was enhanced.
In conclusion, the B+W 099 is really not a filter for every situation, but with experimenting on different subjects, it can produce unique images.
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