Holga Infrared #10

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© Paul Lavallee
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One second infrared exposure of a scene at Roger Williams State Park in Providence, RI. I have always admired the look of IR photography and knew I had to get my hands on some film and try it in my Holga. Most of the photos on my 120 roll came out very nice, but I think I like this scene the best.

When I scanned the roll with the Digital ICE setting on, the images came out all posterized. My guess is that the software was trying to "clean up" all of the bright foliage, thinking it was dust. It was a real pain to manually clean up all the dust using CS3. Examine the photo closely and you can see all the dust & scratches I missed. I didn't realize how much I depend on my scanner's dust removal!

To see how I modified my Holga for IR photography, check out this photo. I also purchased some Kodak EIR color infrared film that I will be shooting with soon. Be on the lookout for a feature on 15x100 about plastic cameras where I will be sure to go into greater detail about Holga IR photography.

Created using my new Holga 120Nwith Efke IR820 B&W Infrared film. Photo scanned with an Epson Perfection V700. No digital manipulation other than dust & scratch removal.

34 responses

  • Anne Mcginn

    Anne Mcginn gave props (19 Jul 2008):

    great shot, paul. i could gaze upon this all day long. and your explanation was very helpful. i have a holga and now i want to run out and buy IR film. also, the info about scanners is good; since i always shoot digital, i don't have a scanner.

  • Becky Cote

    Becky Cote said (19 Jul 2008):

    Paul this kicks ass. I love it.

  • Céline Chhuon

    Céline Chhuon gave props (19 Jul 2008):

    Amazing shot ! well done Paul !

  • Mike R

    Mike R gave props (19 Jul 2008):

    Beautifully done!

  • Chris Whitney

    Chris Whitney said (19 Jul 2008):

    I was eager to see the results and enjoy your experimentation to find creative images. Look forward to more Paul. I like the high contrast effect here with the cotton white trees contrasting the river scene.

  • Nicole Gesmondi

    Nicole Gesmondi gave props (19 Jul 2008):

    I still like the crazy scanner version!

  • Craig Fraizer

    Craig Fraizer gave props (19 Jul 2008):

    awesome shot Paul

  • Marcelo Prieto Moffat

    Marcelo Prieto Moffat gave props (19 Jul 2008):

    this is magical Paul!

  • Frederic Frognier

    Frederic Frognier (Deleted) gave props (20 Jul 2008):

    Great work, paul!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (20 Jul 2008):

    Freakin' amazing.

  • Paulo Rojas

    Paulo Rojas (Deleted) said (20 Jul 2008):

    D o p e!

  • Emma Brahas

    Emma Brahas said (21 Jul 2008):

    great Paul!

  • rizky nurfa'ni

    rizky nurfa'ni gave props (21 Jul 2008):

    increadible!!

  • Penny Nannini

    Penny Nannini   gave props (21 Jul 2008):

    Very cool Paul! You gotta love a Holga.

  • Alexis - Now on Flickr

    Alexis - Now on Flickr gave props (21 Jul 2008):

    wow oh wow

  • pdtnc

    pdtnc said (21 Jul 2008):

    Turned out nice didn't it :)

  • Jim Robertson

    Jim Robertson gave props (21 Jul 2008):

    Awesome! I look forward to your blog feature at 15x100.com!

  • ale di gangi

    ale di gangi said (22 Jul 2008):

    totally fascinating.
    it's when i see the kind of things that i keep thinking there is nothing better than film.
    (oh how i understand the pain of cleaning scanned shots!)

  • Jeff Clark

    Jeff Clark gave props (22 Jul 2008):

    If they ever have another dreamscape theme, this is a shoo (shoe?) in. Wow, if I only spoke English (or any other language.)

  • Kristen Bryant

    Kristen Bryant gave props (28 Jul 2008):

    stunning!

  • Steve Wilson

    Steve Wilson (Deleted) said (28 Jul 2008):

    Stunning, Paul, as usual.

  • LaShawna Jones

    LaShawna Jones gave props (31 Jul 2008):

    Omg....this photo is AMAZING!!! I'm sure people would pay money for a poster like this!

  • Rhian Syahzana

    Rhian Syahzana (Deleted) gave props (6 Aug 2008):

    Wow.....kicking ass...! I can't say too much for this...this photo is just too good...

  • Andrea Tipple

    Andrea Tipple (Deleted) gave props (10 Aug 2008):

    absolutely beautiful!

  • Jasmine Lewis

    Jasmine Lewis said (24 Aug 2008):

    its a dream :-)

  • Bryan Jozefowicz

    Bryan Jozefowicz gave props (29 Oct 2008):

    This is a great shot!

  • Norman Caldwell

    Norman Caldwell (Deleted) said (19 Nov 2008):

    Assuming you buy your Efke film through mail order (or on line) would you mind telling me where you find it? Nice shot...a bit soft on focus but really nice!

  • Sol Hess

    Sol Hess gave props (22 Nov 2008):

    Sublime scene, Paul!

  • StaceyJane

    StaceyJane gave props (4 Dec 2008):

    I love this photo Paul!! (I desperately want to get my hands on a Holga... photos like this one are so inspiring!)

  • Nicole Varela

    Nicole Varela gave props (19 Dec 2008):

    gorgeous!!!

  • Elissa Pham

    Elissa Pham (Deleted) gave props (17 Feb 2009):

    Dreamy...love the effect!

  • Roberto Noto

    Roberto Noto gave props (31 Mar 2009):

    very cool shot..... im just learning on the IR...

  • Kevin House

    Kevin House gave props (23 Jun 2009):

    ethereal

  • Danica Radman

    Danica Radman gave props (7 Nov 2010):

    woow wow wow

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