A New Sort of Infrared

I never stop bemoaning the loss of my favorite Aerochrome EIR that Kodak stopped making while I wasn’t looking.  Even though I found a little left, it was super spendy, hand-rolled, and only in a larger format.  Folks like Lomo have stepped up with some similar films, but nothing is exactly what I wanted – nothing is Aerochrome.

But these days, what I really wish I had was a digital version.  When one of my friends got the hotfilter on his digital camera removed (making it sensitive to IR light), I started looking into it and after making the mistake of buying a Canon 5D (which we won’t talk about), the good folks at Kolari Vision sent me out for a Sigma DP2x – a “pro-grade” point and shoot with a 2.8 fixed lens and a Foveon sensor.  It’s one of the easiest cameras to convert and they told me it gave a very Aerochrome-like look when it was done.

So how did it turn out?  Well I’m still figuring it out.

Infrared Tree

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The camera wasn’t built for this, and it’s not sure how to meter, so I’m back to bracketing and then composing into HDR to get things right.  This one is still a bit blown out.  I’m also trying to figure out just what the characteristics of the color shift are, and it will take a little time to do that.

Infrared Columns Park

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That’s more what I was looking for.  I still miss my Aerochrome, but this sure is easier.