I finally got it right! I guess the third time was the charm. I have been fortunate in my career and have had very few photographic failures over the years, so I have to admit that infrared film has given me the challenge of a lifetime. After several rounds of testing and experimenting, I finally found the correct combination of film, filter and exposure to give me the infrared results I was looking for.
I don’t want to get too technical but infrared film is a special film that, when used without a filter, looks like any black and white film. Use the right combination of filter and exposure, however, and the filter blocks the visible light spectrum and only allows the infrared part of the spectrum in. That is why green is white and the blue sky is dark etc. A few weeks ago I shot some senior portraits and a portrait of a skater with the film and I am very happy with the results. The grass is starting to turn brown and the leaves are starting to fall, so it will probably be the spring before we do more – maybe I will try it with the bluebonnets in the spring.
Tanya and I will be adding the option of infrared film photography to our wedding packages for those who are looking for something unique and artistic. Call or email if you would like more information!