Red Velvet Mountain, Comparing Kodak EIR at ISO 200 and 400 ( 2 color infrared film photos )

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Here are two recent color infrared film photos. The brighter of the two was metered at ISO 200, the darker at ISO 400. Getting proper exposures can be a bit tricky with this film since we must consider how much infrared light is present. We’re not capturing visible light, so using a standard light meter doesn’t necessarily work. I’ve found for most rolls of Kodak Aerochrome or EIR, metering between ISO 200-400 will give pleasing results ( when coupled with a yellow filter ). If shooting in the shade or with long expired color infrared film, metering closer to ISO 50-100 will typically work best. However, it’s all about taste. I can’t decide which of the two photos above I like better. The darker one has some amazing tones. It’s very atmospheric. The brighter shot, rated at ISO 200, yields some amazing color. Either way, I’m really pleased with the composition and minimal look of both of these shots. I hope you enjoy them as well. They were captured with a Canon AE-1 on Kodak EIR color infrared film, Tiffen yellow #12 filtered, and processed as slides in E6 chemistry. I’d love to hear which shot you prefer! Take care, everyone ^^ ©Patrick Bresnahan

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