Before photography went digital, infrared imaging was possible using one of several infrared films available on the market at that time. Most of them were B&W (like Kodak HIE or Rollei IR), but there was also some false color infrared film. One of the most renowned among them was Kodak’s EIR.

Kodak Ektachrome professional infrared EIR film was an infrared-sensitive, “false-color” reversal film. It was intended for various photographic applications where infrared light may yield useful results, such as artistic, industrial, scientific, and aerial or technical ground photography. The amount of infrared reflectance present at any given time would affect the final color rendition. Kodak also sold it as an alternative stock: “Aerochrome III”, primarily designed for military or cartography purposes, in 120 film size. The film can be used to create striking artistic effects due to the false color response. Color rendition is dependent upon exposure, Processes E-6 or AR-5, and the amount of infrared reflectance of the subjects.

With today’s film renaissance (sales are continuing to rise since the past 3 years), many film manufacturers are reviving older films which were previously discontinued, and with the announcement of Kodak’s re-release of Ektachrome in 2017, photographers worldwide are taking an interest into more analog processes for their image making. But, the bad news is that Kodak discontinued the film nearly a decade ago and it won’t come back.

Since 2008 and more actively since 2015 I dove into the EIR digital emulation quest and tried a lot of unexplored methods. My goal was to obtain “in camera” color IR result without having to mix channels in post-production. I tried to go the other way round the color wheel using the complementary color of the yellow/orange filter (used in EIR photography): dark blueish cyan.

After trying and failing a lot during a long run of numerous tests, I finally came up with a precise transmission curve that Kolari Vision eventually managed to produce as a glass filter. After testing many prototypes in various weather conditions and environments, we achieved the new IR Chrome infrared filter.

These are my results when using the IR Chrome filter with a digital camera converted to full-spectrum infrared.

More info: kolarivision.com | yann-philippe.com | Instagram

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ƒιѕн 2 months ago

Oh wow, love this pic.

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The Elements 2 months ago

This. Is. Just. So. Dazzling.

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Stefan Olsson 2 months ago

That's beyond beautiful... <3

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Monty Glue 2 months ago

Opps, missed the mark on this one. Water appears black in infrared. Nice shot though!

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Nikki D 2 months ago

These are just achingly gorgeous.

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Peggy Shafer 2 months ago

Stunning!

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Rachel Price 2 months ago

Gorgeous and haunting 😍

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Rachel Price 2 months ago

Beautiful!

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Ellie Ragsdale 2 months ago

Woah this is so beautiful!

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Jillyan Cardona 2 months ago

Beeeeeeaaaauuutiful!!!

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Monty Glue 2 months ago

Lichens, the sign if very clean air. With air pollution reduced these interesting symbiotic life forms flourish now, when I was young in the 1960s lichens were quite rare. The fungus provides support, protection and nutrients, while the algae photosynthesizes producing sugars for the fungus.

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Monty Glue 2 months ago

I find the red images more pleasing than the off yellow. Nice fixer upper castle, complete with a moat to keep those pesky visitors away.

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Jillyan Cardona 2 months ago

LOVE

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Jillyan Cardona 2 months ago

You are so very talented

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Rachel Price 2 months ago

This makes me happy 😀

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Olivia Matovich 2 months ago

Absolutely Stunning!

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Nikki D 2 months ago

Oooh, favorite!

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Rachel Price 2 months ago

Lovely.

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Nikki D 2 months ago

These look just like some of my dreams, amazing!

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