Well I’m Beginning to See the Light

Well I'm Beginning to See the Light

Shot in Goesan, South Korea with a Holga on Efke Aura IR820 infrared film, Hoya R72 filtered. Personally developed in the darkroom with D76 © Patrick Bresnahan

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18 thoughts on “Well I’m Beginning to See the Light

    • Cheers! I’m glad you like it. I’d been wanting to try shooting infrared for the longest time. I’m really glad I went ahead and gave it a shot. You should definitely try it out! You won’t be disappointed : )

      • Thanks so much for your kind words. I’m not sure if you’ve seen them or not, but I’ve posted about a dozen or so color and black and white infrared photos – many of which were shot with a holga. If you have some time, go ahead and check them out. You might like what you see. For certain, a holga can be a great camera with which to shoot IR. Clear, sunny days are ideal for figuring out exposure times and getting that true infrared look, but I’ve had some quality shots come on cloudy days as well. It’s all about experimenting and finding what suits you. I’m so happy to inspire! Go ahead, do a bit of research, and give IR a shot! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. I’ll be happy to help out anyway I can : )

      • I do have a question about the IR using the Holga. What filter do you use? Do you have an adapter for the filter that fits the Holga? I know for the infrared I have to use a filter but wasn’t sure if they made a filter adapter for the Holga or not.

      • For black and white infrared, I use a Hoya R72 filter. For color infrared, I use a Tiffen Yellow #12 filter – but orange filters give nice results as well. My filters are sized 52mm, but that’s too large for a medium format holga lens. So, I bought a step up ring. You can find them online for a dollar or two. The step up ring goes from 46-52mm, having male and female threading. Holgas don’t have threading on their lenses, so you’ll have to carefully screw your step up ring into the soft plastic. Chances are, you won’t be able to take it back out – but that’s okay. I’ve just kept mine on and it doesn’t affect any pictures taken – even if I’m shooting with regular film and without a filter in place. So once you screw in the 46-52mm step up ring, you can attach a 52mm filter. I think using a step up ring is ideal because if you just screw in a 46mm filter straight into the holga’s plastic lens, you might not be able to get it back out so easily.

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