Washi-Z 400, above with a dark red filter. I start with that statement because for some reason I didn’t shoot the first few images with dark red. Instead I had used an orange filter for some reason:
Washi-Films were never intended for use in still cameras. They were specialty films and most were developed for recording some type of motion, including a sound version.But nowadays these specialty films are creeping into the revitalized 35 mm film market.
And finally, two images from the Tonto Natural Bridge in Arizona. Representing some of the early orange filter exposures.
So now what? I’ve ordered more Washi-Z 400, and because the IR effect did not seem that strong, even with the red filter. I’m going to try it with the IR-695 filter. Watch for new results coming soon……
I typically use Ilford SFX-200 as my IR-Sensitive film. When I started, I used it with my darkest red filter:
But now I use my IR-695 filter:
Recently I’ve had two IR-sensitive film come my way: Rollei Retro 80S and Washi-Z. Let’s start with the Rollei film. Because of my positive experience using the 695 filter, I tried this with the Retro 80S. It resulted in interesting but very high contrast images:
Compare this to T-MAX 400 with a Dark Red filter (sorry that’s the film I had in the other Mamiya-7 at the time):
Here a direct comparison of the same scene, SFX-200 and Retro 80S, both with the IR-695 filter:
Can you tell which is which? The Retro 80S is the upper image, the SFX-200 is the lower image. The SFX image preserves the fine high altitude clouds better…..
I have recently read an article on the Retro 80S, where the author only used the dark red filter. @EMULSIVEfilm also has another recent article comparing Retro 80S and Retro 400S, again both using the dark red filter. So now I’m going to embark on a set of side by side Retro and SFX images making, using only the dark red filter. Can’t wait to see what happens……
Washi-Z discussion coming in Part II.
For classic B&W landscapes we often think of Ansel Adams. And for more intimate landscapes, John Sexton. But those are mostly Western Landscapes. The East has beautiful scenes that tend to go unloved. Even Clyde Butcher ventured west for a change-up in is photo scenes. I was supposed to go to the Everglades last Fall, and had hoped to post images from Florida for this Inspiration. But my illness intervened. We are still planning our visit with Clyde and stay in one of his cabins. My photographer’s eye is looking forward to the South Florida Environs. Check him out here.
Well, I live where I live, so my inspiration from Clyde Butcher as acknowledged here, comes from his dramatic, sweeping landscapes and how clouds are an important feature of the landscape. Also, the importance of masterful photography in Conservation and Historical Preservation efforts.
So my Inspiration from the Cathedral Trail Loop in Capitol Reef National Park. Also environmentally significant because of the threat to open this Park to fracking and mining operations:
Also a test of the Rollei Retro 80S IR sensitive film……….using a 695 filter.
My Secret Santa this year went far beyond the Call of Duty; including lovely English Goodies that I remember from my time living there in the early 1990’s. And wrapped in Marks & Spencer paper that survived the international Post. Thanks so much @robert_duncombe (instagram).
But let’s get to it:
And the Goodies Are Revealed!