Despite the name Japanese Red Pine, these trees aren’t naturally red. The foliage here appears pink, magenta and crimson due to being shot with Kodak Ektachrome color infrared film ( Kodak EIR ). This particular roll was quite old, being expired in 1998 and shot just last week ( late July, 2013 ). Since I had never shot super expired color infrared film before, I was really worried about the results – thinking that such an old roll of film wouldn’t produce great images. In general, the photos came out fine. They’re definitely grainy – especially in the shadows. I’m glad I took the risk and purchased this incredibly rare film.
To compensate for the age of the film, I exposed the images to more light than is normally necessary for color infrared. Typically, shooting at ISO 400 will yield great results. Yet for most of this test roll I shot at ISO 200, thereby slightly overexposing the film. In the future, I’ll even shoot at ISO 100 under certain lighting conditions ( In my freezer I have two more rolls of 35mm color infrared film – both expired in 2002 ).
Most of my color infrared work has been shot with relatively fresh rolls of medium format film in 120mm. Yet, this time around I really wanted to get my hands on some 35mm color infrared film. It’s really hard to come by, and if found it’s quite expensive. The reason why I wanted to get 35mm color infrared was so that I could shoot it with my Canon AE-1 coupled with a Canon 15mm fisheye lens. This particular lens has three built in filters, two of which work nicely for color infrared film . They are yellow and orange. I tested both colors, and I’m still in favor of the yellow filter ( which is what I’ve used on this pine tree shot and with my previous color infrared photos ). The orange filter makes skies look a bit more turquoise and foliage a little more orange in tone. Another main reason I wanted to use the fisheye lens and 35mm format was so I could achieve that classic 1960’s counterculture aesthetic. On at least one of my remaining color IR rolls, I’d like to do some portraits to really get groovy : )
This shot was captured at Seoil Farm ( 서일 농원 ) in Anseong, South Korea on the incredibly rare, ever so mesmerizing Kodak Ektachrome film, yellow filtered and E6 ( slide film ) processed. © Patrick Bresnahan