Infrared poppies

A field of poppies is a classic subject to shoot at spring. I took my classic poppies photos and then I took one infrared image. The red color of poppies appears white so it makes a very different image.

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(Plaubel Makina 67, Rollei IR film, Hoya R72 IR filter)

As you can see from the description above, I used a Rollei infrared film with the Makina 67. Its a 400 ISO film, which means that with the Hoya R72 filter you shoot at about ISO 12 (IR light is unpredictable, so I may shoot from 6 to 25 ISO, but usually ISO 12 works fine with this combo).

At ISO 12 on a bright sunny day I can use f/8 and 1/30 or 1/60 speed which means shooting without a tripod. With a rangefinder camera, shutter speeds of 1/30 produce a very sharp image (no mirror slap to cause vibrations). I relied on my Sekonic meter to exposure based on incident light so that I can be as accurate as possible in exposure terms.

Developing the film with R09 (same as Rodinal) means you get more grain, but with a 6×7 negative I can easily print large without the grain becoming a limiting factor (as it is with 35mm film). On the other hand, you get a very sharp image which really shows more on a print than the monitor screen.

I am currently scanning the rest of the Rollei IR frames and will post them tomorrow. Its a very thin emulsion and very prone to dust and scratches, so it requires some post processing to clean it (not my cup of tea, but I only shoot a few IR films per year, so I am willing to spend some more time with the healing brush on this occasion).

More infrared film images coming tomorrow…

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