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(First of all, I now has a Twitter. In case anyone cares. I don’t know. Sometimes I have thoughts that are 140 characters or less.)
So, I developed the rolls of infrared film I took on vacation. They were all the Efke IR820. I was a little nervous shooting them because I had only managed to take one successful picture with that film before I left.
I had originally bought a pack of 4×5 sheet film with the thought that I could do pinhole infrared pics with the Exposed pinhole camera. I tried shooting 2 or 3 pictures with it before we left, and they were all massive FAILs. Whatever exposure length one needs with a pinhole plus an R72 filter, I certainly wasn’t getting it. So, instead, I just glued a step ring to the front of the Ansco 4×5 box camera I happened to have, and decided to use that for my 4×5 infrared sheet film.
However, since I can only have one sheet of film in the camera at a time before having to move it to a dark bag and changing out film, I really didn’t use this camera much at all on vacation. I only took 3 pictures with it. But, at least it worked.
The other Efke IR820 I worked with was 2 rolls of 127 film and 3 rolls of 120. I shot the 127 in my Yashica 44LM, and the 120 in my Yashica C. I had managed to find a Bayonet to 49mm step ring on ebay, and then added another 49mm to 52mm step ring finally to the filter. It wasn’t exactly the most elegant set up, and I was a little concerned that it wasn’t going to work, but amazingly, it all seemed to go okay. I followed the recommendations of The Plastic Landscape and stuck to (when I could) an aperture of f16 and a shutter speed of 1 second. There were a few times I tried opening up the aperture wider and shortening the shutter speed, and I think those worked, too.
Unless I’m shooting night time long exposures, I really dislike messing with tripods, so most of the time, I tried to find rocks or other hard surfaces to set the camera on when shooting. Fortunately, the shutter button on the Yashicas is really squishy, so I wasn’t jostling the camera at all when I took the picture.
The weird thing was the diffference between the 127 and the 120 versions of the film. The 127 is expired, but just barely (I think it expired in Feb 2009), but for some reason it came out really noisy and low contrast compared to the 120. I have no idea why this happened – if it’s because of the film, or maybe the camera used. My Yashica 44LM is in a state of dubious repair – it feels as if it needs some screws tightened somewhere, but I can’t find anything on it to tighten without tearing it down. I actually expected it to be way light leaky, but in that matter, it didn’t seem any worse than the Yashica C (I got a light leak along one edge of the film, but normally not bad enough to alter the picture). Here’s what one of the pics from the Yashica 44 looks untouched:
This one was probably the best photo to come off the 127 film. Here’s one that’s been cleaned up a bit:
What the heck is up with that grain? I have no idea. Freestyle Photo is selling a bunch of Efke IR820 127 as a past date special for about 1/2 off. I was thinking about buying more of it until I saw the results of the 127 I shot. Now I think I’d rather just pay full price and shoot with the 120. Here are some shots with the 120 film:
I’ve got some more pics from the other rolls of 120 I haven’t uploaded yet. They look nice and smooth, too. So I don’t know what’s going on with the 127. I have one more roll of it to burn through, but I think I’m going to stick with the 120 and 4×5 sheet film of the Efke IR820 from now on.