All of these infrared black & white pictures were made on the now discontinued KODAK High-Speed Infrared bl&w film 2484.
The camera was mounted on a tripod, much because of the infrared gelatine filter KODAC Wratten no. 87 or just called »black filter«, placed in front of the lens. It blocked all the visible wavelengths out, and only let through the infrared light. It was impossible to hold the camera by hand because the viewfinder was blacked out.
The resulting pure IR photographs captured on the negative film was quite grainy due to the small format of the frame, 24x36 mm combined with the high-speed emulsion.
The atmosphere and light in the enlarged photographs get beautiful in big size prints.
The notable halation effect or glow seen in the highlights of these photographs is an artefact of Kodak High-Speed Infrared black-and-white negative film and not an artefact of infrared light. The glow or blooming was caused by the absence of an anti-halation layer on the back side of the Kodak film. The light bounced back and forth in the plastic layer producing the halo. The bouncing light would usually be absorbed by the anti-halation layer in conventional films, preventing the light from creating these effects.
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The AGA lighthouse "Ådkobb" in late afternoon in the St Anna Archipelago, Sweden. Looking south-west. "IR 1"
An old corf where the fishermen kept the eels they captured. The St Anna Archipelago in Sweden. "IR 2"
An old row boat, not used for 50 years. An island in the St Anna Archipelago in Sweden. "IR 3"
The old row boat. Photograph taken in dense fog, landscape were not visible! "IR 4"
The area was a training area for the air force. Piece of a shot down tow target for dogfight training.
The St Anna Archipelago, Sweden. "IR 5"
A navigation mark, St Anna Arcipelago, out on one of the last islands before open sea. "IR 6"
The island Stora Högholmen by the waterway, the lower lighthouse looking south, St Anna Arcipelago. "IR 7"
The island Stora Högholmen by the waterway, the higher lighthouse looking north, St Anna Archipelago. "IR 8"
A blown up mine from 2nd world war, that was floating into one of the eel fishing nets.
The navy blew it up. St Anna Archipelago. "IR 9"
A dried out old European mountain ash, St Anna Archipelago. "IR 10"
Flooded farmland near the lake Roxen, near the town Linköping in the county of Östergötland, Sweden. "IR 11"
Flooded farmland, lake Roxen near the town Linköping in the county of Östergötland, Sweden.
It is always flooded in the spring, and an important habitat for migrating birds. "IR 12"
A 130 years old fishing cabin in the St Anna Archipelago in Sweden.
The photograph was taken in severe fog. "IR 13"
The old fishing cabin in the St Anna Archipelago, Sweden. "IR 14"
The old fishing cabin. One third of the space is a small living area, the rest is for keeping eel fishing nets. "IR 15"
Afternoon sun catched in the afternoon of a hot summer day, St Anna Archipelago in Sweden, looking south. "IR 16"
Pine tree wood on one of the bigger islands in the St Anna Archipelago, Sweden. "IR 17"
A lone Swedish whitebeam out on the farmland plains of Östergötland, just outside the town of Linköping, Sweden.
The tree is formed by the prevailing westerly winds. "IR 18"
The lone Swedish whitebeam out on the farmland plains of Östergötland, just outside the town of Linköping, Sweden.
The tree is formed by the prevailing westerly winds always blowing. "IR 19"
Stilleben of a train wheel in a railway yard, Sweden. "IR 20"
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