135 Infrared - FPP Color Infrared!
1 Roll / 35mm / 400 asa / 24 exp / Process: E-6
Exclusive to The Film Photography Project!
Discover the joy of shooting color infrared film!. All of us at The FPP are thrilled to offer true color infrared film to you!! While supplies last!
PLEASE READ ALL OF THE INFORMATION ON THIS PAGE BEFORE PURCHASING THIS SPECIAL FILM. WE ONLY RECOMMEND PROCESSING THIS FILM "E-6" BY THE DARKROOM. (Most labs will claim they can handle this film but in fact can not - please read on)
- Use a camera that does not auto advance film (Auto load cameras use small LED lights to detect and count frames and will cause light leaks)
- Use a basic camera like the Canon Ae1, Pentax K1000, Nikon F series, Olympus Trip 35, etc.
- Load and unload in near darkness. (If your camera has a window on the back, tape up with black tape.
- Ship the film in its light tight black canister.
- Label the Film BIG - COLOR INFRARED - E6
- We ONLY recommend TheDarkroom for processing this special film.
- Shoot ONLY in Broad Sunlight - Infrared film needs UV light. Shooting in shade (or back lit) will produce poor results.
Please note that color infrared results will vary wildly. Film is not returnable and your results are not guaranteed. Please read the rest of the information on the page so that your results are pleasing.
above: Color Infrared Image shot by Michael Raso in broad sunlight
What is FPP InfraChrome Color Infrared Film?
Our Color Infrared Film is identical to Kodak Aerochrome IIII 1443 – a true color positive infrared film that produces a color slide. The film is FPP batch-tested and cold stored.
What is Color Infrared Film?
According to Kodak: “ a False-color reversal film, high dimensional stability for vegetation surveys, camouflage detection and earth resources… an infrared-sensitive, false-color reversal film featuring medium resolving power and fine grain.
above: Color Infrared Image by Nick Seaney. Nick says: "I cross-processed the film in the very Unicolor C-41 kit that the FPP sells!"
How was this film originally used? This film is intended for various aerial photographic applications, such as vegetation and forestry surveys, hydrology, and earth resources monitoring where infrared discriminations may yield practical results. More info at Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infrared_photography
How do I shoot it?
In order to achieve the in-camera color effect, it is recommended that you shoot with a #12 yellow filter on your lens. This is the filter I have used for the image examples on this page. If you already own a yellow filter, give it a try. If not, I recommend the Tiffen Filter Yellow #12. Many shooters also use an orange or red filter. This will give you varied results. I encourage you to experiment.
What camera can I use?
It is important to use a 35mm camera that DOES NOT have LED sensors that detect the DX Code. These mini lights might fog the film. So what camera? Any camera that has a manual iso/asa setting / doesn't auto-detect the iso.
above: Color Infrared Image 3
What is the asa (ISO)?
We rate the film at ISO 400.
Storage and Shipping - We store our Infrared film in the FPP Fridge and have been shipping in all seasons (hot and cold) for the past 18 months with absolutely no issue. We also store a few rolls here on our room temperature shelf for testing. Some film has sat for over a year at 70 degree Fahrenheit temperature and has tested fine. If you plan on storing your film, put it in a zip lock bag in the fridge. Otherwise, please don't over think it - just shoot it! (known in these parts as The Film Sweats)
above: color infrared image 4 / below: color infrared image 5
How do I process it?
Since it’s color slide film, you process the film as E-6. You can also cross-process the film and have it processed as C-41 - which will produce a color negative. I highly recommend that you send your color infrared film to our friends at TheDarkroom.com. They know how to process it without fogging the film and don’t charge an extra fee (like other labs)
Important Notes on Handling and Processing! It is VERY important to make sure you load and unload your film in near darkness. Please make sure that you are using an older model 35mm camera that does not use diode light to count frames (like some of the newer Canon EOS cameras). These frame count lights will fog your film.
Our 24 exposure cartridges are Hand-Rolled. It is important that you DO NOT force beyond 24 exposures. This could result in the film being ripped off the inner spool. Please, after your 24th exposure, rewind the film into the canister. If your camera has an "auto-rewind", then trigger the rewind after you shoot the 24th frame. Otherwise, the camera mechanism may rip the film.
above: FPP Infrared film with light streaks aquired during processing. Yikes!
Please note that most E-6 labs can not handle Color Infrared Film. Please make sure you speak to your lab before sending your film for processing. Some labs will offer the service with extra charges. The Darkroom is the recommended lab for this film and will not charge extra. Make sure you mark your cans COLOR INFRARED E-6! They will ship internationally and offer scan services too!
AVOID BADLY HANDLED INFRARED - Before sending your Color Infrared Film to a lab other than The Darkroom, READ THIS LETTER FROM FPP CUSTOMER CHRIS. Avoid badly processed Infrared Negs - Read HERE and HERE.
Additional Reading on Aerochrome-type film:
Deviant Art Infrared Review - http://holgalowtechphoto.deviantart.com/journal/Film-review-Kodak-Aerochrome-III-1443-ISO400-228565280
Alternative Photography - Making the most of Kodak Aerachrome - http://www.alternativephotography.com/wp/cameras-film/making-the-most-of-kodak-aerochrome
A Still Shoot Film: Richard Mosse shoots Aerochrome in the Congo: http://istillshootfilm.org/post/48700294601/richard-mosse-interview-kodak-aerochrome-in-the-congo
Richard Mosse "The Enclave" Aerochrome Trailer - http://vimeo.com/67115692
Aerochrome - The most artistic E-6 ever? - http://4nalog.blogspot.com/2013/06/kodak-eir-aerochrome-most-artistic-e6.html
Avoid poorly processed Color Infrared Negs - Read this Forum Topic - http://filmphotographyproject.com/my-fpp-color-infrachrome-aerochrome-scans-dont-look-right