Saturday, February 16, 2008

Romantic Duo

The images this week are from the same shoot as two weeks ago, however these are initial scans of the film I shot.

Then I went one step further and applied the Orton effect to the images in Photoshop before saving them for a romantic effect.

The film shots are on IR film, but unfortunately not the Kodak IR film I love so much. It seems that Kodak discontinued production of their IR film last December. These photos were taken with the Rollei IR film, which does not have the same dramatic effect.

I also experimented with the Ilford IR film on this shoot. It was even more disappointing. The results were not significantly different than shooting regular black and white.

I have discovered another brand of IR film sold by FreeStyle that I am trying in my next shoot that promises to be more like the Kodak film in that it is much more heat sensitive, and like the Kodak film needs to be loaded in complete darkness and stored immediately in a plastic film canister to protect it from heat/light leaks. I am hoping all this means that it will be equivalent photographically, but we'll see.

I understand that digital is replacing film, but there will always be some things film does that digital cannot duplicate -- like black and white IR photography. It's a niche market that film makers would do well to keep alive, even if they charge more for the film.

Is my dinosaur tail showing?

For extra credit, readers of this blog can try to read the writing on TJ's arm. At one point during the shoot he explained the origin of all his tattoos, but I confess I was too busy adjusting my lighting...

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