Richard Mosse: The Impossible Image Is A Film Shot on Infrared 16mm Film

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Richard Mosse has been getting loads of press lately since starting and working on his project in the Congo. He decided to use Kodak Aerochrome–which is an infrared film that renders greens to look red/purple/pink. Green is a color all over that area of the world and so the creative decision to use this film was an excellent and very original one.

So far, we’ve only heard about his still images, but Rich has also created a motion picture film shot on 16mm infrared film–basically the same Kodak Aerochrome. Sadly, the film is mostly gone now and the closest thing is the revived Lomography LomoChrome Purple.

There is a preview of the video after the jump.

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New to Film Photography? Here Are 3 Film Emulsions You Need to Try

Film photography never died: it only evolved into something much better.

Fact: some of us have never shot film before. Others amongst us are just getting into it. In 2021, film photography co-exists with digital and is in demand by lots of clients. There are lots of the mainstays like Portra, Tri-X, and Velvia. But there are also lots of options out there that aren’t traditional. And we’ve reviewed a bunch of them. So we dove into the old Reviews Index to look at our many years of film photography coverage. Here are some of our favorite emulsions.

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Paolo Pettigiani Captures the Magic of Peru and Bolivia in Infrared

All images by Paolo Pettigiani. Used with permission. For more stories like this, subscribe to The Phoblographer.

“In Perù, outside cities, it’s normal to find alpacas along the streets,” Paolo Pettigiani tells us. Two summers ago, he was driving to Patapampa, believed to be the highest paved pass in the Americas, when he turned a corner to find dozens of fluffy, teddy bear-like alpacas, enjoying a drink by a river. He stopped to take pictures as the curious animals made their way across the landscape, quenching their thirst. 

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This Is the Best Time to Get Into Infrared Cameras! Here Are 3 Great Ones!

It’s always super fun to use infrared cameras, and right now is the best time to get one!

If you’ve been taking long hikes to get away from it all, infrared cameras might be for you. They deliver a look that you can’t easily get otherwise. The entire way you work with them is much different. So if you’re heading out on a hike, one of these cameras might be great! You’ll be able to get that surreal, ethereal look that is otherwise just not possible. We delved into our reviews index to share reviews of some of our favorite cameras. And luckily, the folks over at KEH have them converted to infrared!

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Jonas Daley Reimagines Chinese Landscapes as Surreal Scenery

All photos by Jonas Daley. Used with Creative Commons permission.

Among our favorite approaches to landscape photography are those that invite the viewer to abandon the familiar and use their imagination to look at a certain location. It definitely shows in many of the alien-inspired vistas and abstract-driven works we’ve featured in the past. The latest to catch our attention is a surreal series by New York-based Jonas Daley, where he transforms the mountainous expanse of China into an infrared-inspired wonderland. If you like the look and colors of this dreamy aesthetic, we think his work will catch your attention.

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Paolo Pettigiani’s Full Spectrum Nikon D750 Photos of the Aeolian Islands

All photos by Paolo Pettigiani. Used with Creative Commons permission.

Charmed by infrared photography and thinking of taking the plunge into the craft? Our featured landscape series should be more than enough to give you that push. We’re putting the spotlight back on Italian graphic designer and photographer Paolo Pettigiani, who previously impressed us with his infrared photos of the Dolomites and New York City’s Central Park. This time, we have our eyes on his surreal infrared snaps of the Aeolian Islands in Sicily.

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I’m Moving On From Flickr; But Here’s What I’ll Miss

Yes, I’m saying goodbye to Flickr. It was only a matter of time, but nonetheless, there are a few things I’ll miss about the platform.

I’ve recently decided to move on from Flickr, and this decision, as some of you may already have guessed, was prompted by their recent announcement regarding the 1,000 photo limit for free accounts. In fact, I’ve already started culling my uploads there to meet this limit before the January 8, 2019 deadline. Many photographers have long moved on from it (including most, if not all the Phoblographer Staff) so I’m sure it’s mostly surprising why it has taken me so long to come to this decision. But I liked being on the platform for a handful of reasons, albeit nostalgic at best given all the choices we have today. So yes, these are also the things I think I’ll miss.

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Film Review: Lomography LomoChrome Purple 100-400 (35mm, New Emulsion)

A while back, Lomography LomoChrome Purple was released in 120 and 35mm formats. But earlier this year, the company updated the formula to make it more stable. With it came the major improvement of making it easier to shoot with. The current LomoChrome Purple formula allows a photographer to get great results whether they’re shooting at ISO 400 or ISO 100. Lomography states that you can rate it at either setting, as opposed to the older formula which needed a lot of light to create the best images. This new emulsion is available only in 35mm, but it provides finer grain and still very nice colors.

So if you’re the type who only wants to shoot in 120, then the size may put you off. But make no mistake, the quality is absolutely there.

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Lomography Announces a Brand New Formula for LomoChrome Purple 400

It’s been a few years since Lomography announced LomoChrome Purple, and just today they’ve announced a new update to the film. The new Lomochrome Purple 400 film is designed to be a whole lot more stable. With that said, we start out with a recommended and set exposure at ISO 400 vs the previous version of the film which was said to need a lot of light. To that end, it wasn’t uncommon that photographers shot it at ISO 200 or even 100. The new Lomochrome Purple will continue to shift blues to greens, greens to purples and yellows to pinks. The new emulsion increases the film’s sensitivity to red hues.

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Less Than 48 Hours are Left in Our Analog Zine Kickstarter! Go Donate!

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As you most likely know, our Analog Zine Kickstarter was fully funded. Again, a genuine thank you to everyone who donated. But I’d like to summon everyone’s attention who was interested in donating to the project but didn’t because it was too early on. With less than 48 hours left in the campaign, at this point you’re basically just buying a zine with the option of a year long basic subscription to La Noir Image; our premium black and white photography website.

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We’ve Got a Week Left to Fund Our Analog Photography Zine (And Our Special Workshop!)

With one week left in our Kickstarter, we need to raise only $1,000 more dollars to get complete funding in order for us to put out one of the best zines featuring modern analog photographers today. The zine is going to be a beautiful, high quality, limited edition magazine that will adorn your coffee table as a centerpiece. At any time, you’ll be able to pick it up and page through fantastic and well printed photos by these photographers in addition to understanding their psyche. Their stories will seek to inspire both pro and amateur photographer alike.

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5 Alternative Film Emulsions Very Worth Trying

The biggest users of film these days are millennials and people younger than 30. Why? It’s a different experience from seeing an image pop up immediately or being able to send it off to all your friends right then and there in that moment. While the tried and true standards like Portra, Tri-X and Velvia are popular, they’re not always capable of giving you a look in a photo that digital can’t easily do with some tweaking. So instead, we’re rounding up a number of films that we strongly recommend you try out.

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Manufacturers Talk about the State of the Film Photography Industry

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Film–the mention of it either makes photographers gawk at it due to antiquation or makes them become stirred with butterflies in the stomach. The use of film has declined steadily as the digital age has progressed, and with that many films have been discontinued due to a decrease in sales. Instead, many tend to look to Instagram and other programs for filters that give digital images the look of film.

With the world moving deeper and deeper into the digital realm, we asked film manufacturers how the industry has changed in the past five years.

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Daniel Zvereff: Being a Documentary Landscape Photographer

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All images by Daniel Zvereff. Used with permission.

Photographer Daniel Zvereff was featured last year on the Phoblographer for his Introspective project. During that time Mr. Zvereff was on a tour of self-discovery that we’re sure many photographers and artists take. Interestingly, the project used Kodak Aerochrome to turn greens in his images into purples. Since then, Daniel has completed a number of other personal projects: with one of our favorites being his journey to the island of Faroe. Faroe is an island where there are quite literally more sheep than people.

Beginning a documentary project like this takes planning and lots of thought. So we chatted with Dan about what it’s like to be a documentary photographer and the Faroe project.

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The New Lomography Lomochrome Turquoise Film is Pretty Alien

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Sometimes a product hits the market that makes us literally say “WTF!?” Today, that award goes to Lomography with their brand new Lomochrome Turquoise film. Based off of Lomochrome Purple (which was based off of Kodak Aerochrome) the company describes the film as taking warm colors and rendering them in shades of blue. But that’s not all. According to the company it is responsible for: “turning warm colors into varying shades of blues from aqua to cobalt, transforming greens into deep emerald shades, blue skies into a sunset and a crystal clear sea into a golden hue”

Essentially, it looks like a permanent cross process–which unless done correctly makes us want to cry and rub our eyes with fixer fluid.

The film is a brand new offering, and they’re expecting the first shipments of Lomography Lomochrome Turquoise to come in in April 2015. The film comes in packs of 5, 10, 15 and 20. They also have it available in 120 format and requires C-41 processing.But in our opinion, they’re a bit overpriced.

More images samples are after the jump.

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Phase One’s New IXU 150 is Designed for Drone Use

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Phase One just came out with something designed for UAVs–and it’s bound to capture loads of details. Today, the company announced their brand new IXU 150 with a 50MP CMOS sensor. The camera boasts 8280 pixels cross- track coverage–which means that it’s getting a lot more out of each image than a full frame DSLR can. Plus the sensor can shoot from ISO 100 to 6400. The camera uses magnesium and therefore is also said to be 30% lighter than aluminum designs. Beyond that, the Phase One iXU 150 will be available in either visible light or Near-IR configurations. Years ago, what the Army used to do is use Infrared films like Aerochrome in drones. That film turned all greens into a pink/purple and as we’ve seen recently in music videos you can totally get that look again.

The camera uses the company’s Schneider-Kreuznach lenses, which when we tested out years ago we weren’t so crazy about.  The camera will start shipping in July. The Phase One iXU 150 has a list price of $40,000 USD. That means that mere mortals won’t be getting their hands on this camera unless they’re on a trust fund and live in an area where drone flight isn’t illegal.

Sony’s Latest Patent Reveals Rotating Mirror and Other Translucent Oddities

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It seems as though Sony is interested in taking its translucent mirror technology to the next step. Egami (google translated) spotted a Sony patent that stipulates a new type of rotating semi transparent mirror technology. Supposedly this mirror on a hinge would allow photographers to alter the angle at which light hits the sensor.

On top of changing angle, users could also affect the spectrum of light reaching the sensor. The patent gives such examples as blocking off certain colors from the RGB sensor or only allowing infrared light to pass through, letting you create black and white photos without post processing. For now the patent is only a patent, but if it’s ever implemented it could be the extremely interesting use of semi translucent mirrors.

We’re not really sure what something like this could cost, but it surely wouldn’t be something that would be initially introduced to the entry level crowd that Sony caters to so well. Infrared photography is completely different than typical photography and only specialized users or those more experiences would want to work with it. Of course, that statement could be totally invalid if the company develops a metering system for the Infrared spectrum.

What would be even cooler is if Sony somehow or another developed a way to make your images look like Kodak Aerochrome with this technology. To recap: Aerochrome was an infrared film that was developed for military spy plane use. However, there are lots of artistic projects that have been done with it.  Lomography has tried to mimic it as well with Lomochrome Purple.

Via Sony Alpha Rumors

Five Films That We Never Want to Say Goodbye To

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In recent years, the film industry has been suffering greatly and many manufacturers have been cutting down their stocks and supplies. But many of us still love the look, feel, and rendering that film can give us. It’s also a wonderful learning tool for the photographer just getting into the art.

We’ve tearfully parted ways with many famous and wonderful films: Kodachrome, Astia, Ektachrome, and loads more. But there are some staples that we absolutely never want to part ways with. Here are just five of those films that still tug at our hearts.

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LomoChrome Purple Is Available for Pre-Order Again

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A while back, Lomography announced LomoChrome Purple. The first batch went out fast, and the second batch is now available for pre-order. It is available in 35mm and 120 formats. To refresh your memory, it is a film that is heavily based off of the old Kodak Aerochrome, which renders all greens as purples and pinks. This infrared film was also used for military applications, and lots more.

Still confused? We wrote a big guide about all this when it was first announced and it should help clear up the confusion. I was one of the first to pre-order a couple rolls of 120 film, and we will be sure to have a review on it as soon as we can get them shot and developed–let alone get me to a green spot. Lord knows there isn’t much in NYC.

Film Photography Needs to Do Something Digital Doesn’t

Film photography has undoubtedly made a comeback, but it needs differentiation from digital.

Some of you may think I’m nuts to say that film photography is back. But it really, truly is. In the pandemic, more people decided to take it up and start their own darkrooms. It’s fun and a completely different way of creating images that everyone should try–at least for a month! However, I only see the current film renaissance as a way for film to truly find its own place. And to do that, I think film needs to do something that digital doesn’t do. For that, it will come down to the final image.

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8 Photographers Share Their Love of Medium Format Photography (NSFW)

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Medium format film photography remains highly popular in the modern era. Analog enthusiasts and pros swoon over medium format film cameras, lusting for the images they produce. We’ve published many photographers over the past 11 years that use a range of cameras in this niche. All of them create fantastic work. In this piece, we reflect on some of our favorites, sharing their excellent medium format film photography with you.

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