I broke my tripod the night before arriving at Jusanji. It was an old, cheap tripod that I’d used and abused over the years. One of the legs simply snapped off when I went to unfold it. I dropped by a convenient store and picked up super glue and some duct tape. I managed to attach the leg back to the tripod, but I knew it would only be a temporary fix.
I really wanted to take black and white infrared photos at the pond, meaning a tripod would be necessary since I’d shoot that particular film with a very dark, nearly opaque IR filter, thereby requiring a long shutter speed. Since the taped and glued up tripod was questionable at best, I decided against loading up rare and expensive IR film. Instead, I put in a roll of Rollei Retro 80s. This film, when coupled with a red filter, offers a near infrared aesthetic. Foliage will glow white under appropriate lighting conditions. Skies will also be jet black – however, these shots have white skies because I had to shoot towards the sun. I really didn’t have a choice since there was a huge fence that couldn’t be scaled so easily blocking my way. If I’d climbed over it, I would have been able to look down the pond with the sun to my back. If shooting in such a manner, the skies would have turned out much darker in the photos. I did, however, hop a lower fence to get the shots you see here. I guess you have to bend a rule or two to get the photos you want.
Anyhow, I still had to use the tripod to get these shots. I metered the light at ISO 20 since I used a red filter which adds a stop. I developed the film with stock D76 at ISO 40, 20 degrees Celsius, for 10.5 minutes. I shot at either f16 or f22 under low lighting conditions, so the exposure times were typically around 1-4 seconds or so. I’m quite pleased with the results, especially since the tripod broke, yet again, exactly after taking the last shot. I was lucky it lasted as long as it did!
Rolleiflex 3.5 / Rollei Retro 80s / Tiffen red filter / stock D76