See, sky, lemon trees and a bit of Infrared light

The typical effect of infrared film could be seen only in the last photo (which I like calling “The happy farmer”), where the leaves of the lemon tree are in bright gray color. The effects of infrared is usually visible exactly in leaves and grass, because they contain greater level of infrared light so they appear in white or light gray color, whereas the sky and water appear darker. Unfortunately this is not the case in the rest of the photos, which look simply as B&W.

I love the contrast, though! I think my Zenit got along well with the IR film :)

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Camera Zenit 11 | Film AGFA Infrared ISO 400 | Solta island |Croatia

See more of my IR photos here.

3 thoughts on “See, sky, lemon trees and a bit of Infrared light

  1. Development methods shouldn’t matter too much with black and white IR film. For my regular black and white rolls, I use Kodak D76 with a one to one ratio ( one part water, one part D76 developer ). For black and white IR film, I use D76 but with no water dilution. I’m not sure why, but I read online that diluting the developer with water isn’t ideal for black and white infrared films.

    Were you using a filter? Without a filter, black and white IR films give a standard black and white image. A filter must be used to cut out visible light and allow infrared light to pass onto the film. The best choice, in my opinion, for getting that ‘classic’ IR look is to use an infrared filter. I use a Hoya R72. It’s very, very dark. This means that nearly all visible light is blocked out, allowing mostly infrared light in. This results in long exposure times – typically one or two seconds in bright sunlight at f/11 or f/16. So, a tripod is quite necessary.

    You can also use a dark red filter with b&w IR films, but it most likely won’t give you that true infrared look. I tried using a red filter with a roll of Efke Aura infrared film. The images were contrasty, but definitely did not have the black skies, glowing foliage, etc. I tend to shoot Efke Aura with a Hoya R72 filter to get that type of effect. Anyhow, best of luck on your future IR rolls : )

  2. I see! I didn’t know about the filter thing. In fact i was wondering whether it was a development error or something else. I used here Agfa IR Iso 400 and loaded in a Zenit and I had it developed in a studio, so I guess they treated it as a normal B&W.Next time I’ll know about the filter. Thank you so much for the feedback! Cheers

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