Another Wedding I shot for a client… New Farm Park in Brisbane.

Camera: Minolta Maxxum 35mm FSLR
Lens: Sigma17-35mm wide angle.
Focal Length: 17mm
Filters: Circular Polariser & 25a Red Filter.
ISO/ASA: 3200
Aperture: f11.
Shutter: 1/125sec.
Film: Kodak HI-SPEED INFRA RED B&W Film. (3200ISO)

-Cloned-out litter from the roadway in the foreground and removed stray Videographer from behind the Wedding Car.

The snow-like effect seen here is the result of using Infra-Red film. At this stage, this effect can not be accurately reproduced in digital post-production. The main reason is that Infra-Red film will “see” things that the human eye (and standard digital sensors) can not. For example, the trunk and branches of the large tree on the right… This was all in complete shadow, on normal film (or digital) none of this would have been visible at all. It was in complete darkness and therefore would not have registered on either film or sensor. However, Infra-Red will “see” through shadows and dark areas and will record whatever infra-red light is being reflected from those areas.

Strangely enough, digital sensors are actually highly sensitive to Infra-Red light, but they have several IR filters placed over them to prevent IR light from getting through.

There are companies that can modify your digital cameras to shoot Infra-Red by removing these sensors. They charge around $400AUS but you need to shop around to find a company that will modify your particular brand of camera.

You can do it yourself. Apparently its not that hard. But I would not recommend doing anything technical to your own camera.

For those of you who shoot film, try it. It is the best film for the middle of the day. Set your camera to manual F11/125sec. Fix the focus at maximum. Fit a 25A red filter (a must) and a polariser to bring out the clouds. A wide angle lens makes for the best images. Don’t change anything for any shot and just go snap-happy. You will love the results!

Brisbane-based artist with a passion for grainy B&W photography and digital post-production work. I also teach photography online at The Photography Critique & Advice Group

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  • kathywaldron
    kathywaldronabout 7 years ago

    nice b/w image.

  • Naomi Frost
    Naomi Frostalmost 7 years ago

    WOW…I’ve done ir in digital..but never film. This is great (as are all of your b&w shots) and your description is so helpful. I’d love to try ir on film one day.

  • Ben Ryan
    Ben Ryanover 6 years ago

    The tree and the sky behind it look magnificent.

  • tuffcookie
    tuffcookiealmost 6 years ago

    wow what an amazing tree!! beautiful black and white

  • rocamiadesign
    rocamiadesignover 4 years ago

    This is a lovely, and unique wedding photo.

  • Susan Blevins
    Susan Blevinsover 4 years ago

    Gorgeous wedding/snow scene Byron!!!…really awesome….Susan

  • Kym Howard
    Kym Howardalmost 4 years ago

    I plan to use my IR camera this weekend for distance shots of a bride and groom.

    Great to see these images

  • excellent. What camera are you using for your IR shots?

    I would love to see the IR shots when they are done!

    – BYRON

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