Foraying into infra red film

Over the summer of 2020 in Ireland, just for the briefest of summer times; some decent weather coincided with some freedom from the lockdown. In which, those lucky enough to escape the confines of their county travelled across the island in search of some accommodation and new scenery.

I was armed with my trusty Yashica 635 and Canon EOS-1 loaded with Ilford SFX200 and a deep red 720nm filter. We found ourselves at Cúlú Fia, near Flagmount for a few days. I was excited to use the IR film for the first time.

Grey Willow grove in riparian forest at Cúlú Fia

The grove above is a beautiful space for ‘wild glamping’ as set up by Mari Clare & Mike. Their venture is tucked away surrounded by forestry and some bog with plenty of hikes and loop walks in beautiful East Clare.

I was fascinated by the ‘Wood Effect’ named after the pioneer IR photographer Robert W. Wood. The aforementioned 720nm deep red filter combined with the IR sensitive film shows well lit foliage reflecting light and appearing like snow.

abandoned, overgrown house in the forest near Flagmount

I think I’m smitten. Can’t wait for the next time I get to use this film.

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