One more swim into the infrared pool…


I’ve dabbled off and on with infrared film, mostly black and white film (Kodak HIE) and color film (Kodak EIR, Aerochrome).  I’ve had some success with the products, including the photos Backstretch and Aerochrome Falls.

Then I received some news.  My infrared film connection – the one who got his mitts on the last available stash of color infrared slide film (which he had spooled onto 120 paper and branded it as “Aerochrome”) acquired some mysterious Soviet color infrared print film.  Yep… C-41 infrared color film.

Wait a second.  Soviet-era infrared film?  And it’s infrared print film?

Oh man, I’m on this like Donald Trump on Russian hookers.

I contacted him quickly.  Can I get three rolls of the stuff?  Pretty please with borscht on top?

He said sure.  One financial transaction later, three rolls of infrared color print film made the trip from Moscow to Berlin to the Town and Village.  Aces and spaces.

Now with 120 infrared color film – whether it’s Aerochrome or whatever this mystery film is – I can strap a yellow filter onto my Rolleiflex Automat MX, and shoot this film without trouble.  Plus, a TLR camera (twin-lens reflex, like the Rollei) allows me to focus on the desired image without worrying about removing a filter to get a better view.

Last week I took those three rolls of infrared film and, day by day when the weather permitted (sunny days work best for infrared film), I went on some photo walks.

Now I could only use infrared film once a day, because you have to load the film and unload the film in total darkness.  And since I don’t normally travel with an available darkroom, I simply loaded my Rolleiflex Automat MX with film each morning and unloadeded it each night.

Last Sunday … I hit the track.  Saratoga Harness (yes, yes, I know it’s Saratoga Casino and Hotel, but come on, people…).  Besides, my horse Mugshots Bro was competing in the 11th race, and he won his past two starts.

Tulips. Soviet infrared print film, Rolleiflex Automat MX camera with yellow filter. Photo (c) Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

So this film works really well with static images …

Horse racing … not so much.

The race. Soviet infrared print film, Rolleiflex Automat MX camera with yellow filter. Photo (c) Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

This film does not like to be used in action shots.  Mental note.

Then, on Monday, I tried to get photos of the Moses statue in Washington Park.  Figured Monday would be a better day for a photo walk, in that there would be more tulips and less tulip photographers.  And more parking spots.

Moses in infrared. Soviet infrared color film, Rolleiflex Automat MX with yellow filter. (c) Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

Seems likeall the tulip petals, no matter what color we see them, turn out yellow in infrared.  And you gotta love the orange and magenta and coral colored trees in the background.

On Wednesday, after a brief stop on I-787 to get this exposure …

Off I-787. Soviet infrared color film, Rolleiflex Automat MX camera. (c) 2018 Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

I drove to Slingerlands and attempted to get some shots along New Scotland Road.

Here’s a shot of the Toll Gate Ice Cream shop.

Toll Gate. Color infrared film, Rolleiflex Automat MX camera wiht yellow filter. (c) 2018 Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

Can I tell you something?

Seeing the Toll Gate closed like this – for the past year – still bums me out.  I really wish there was someone who could reopen the business and bring it back.  Seriously.

Okay, back to pictures.

Here’s a shot along New Scotland Road.  It’s one of my favorite little spots … just along the dip for the D&H railroad bridge.  Of course, now it’s part of the Albany County Rail Trail, but I’ll take what I can get here.

New Scotland Road. Color infrared film, Rolleiflex Autoamt MX camera. (c) 2018 Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.


This stuff is super-awesome.  I can’t wait to try some more of this.

I definitely need full sunshine for this film, preferably with the sun at my back.  Even with some partial shade, though, I’m still getting decent shots.

That being said, the Rollei is an amazing workhorse in getting great shots with this product.  And the yellow filter – a Nisha-branded Bay 1 filter that snaps on and off the Rollei like a puzzle piece – does its job as well.

So hopefully with more summer sunshine in the seasons…

And another order of Soviet infrared film being placed…

I can get something positive out of this.

Maybe even competitive.

We shall see. :}

But before I can take any more pictures …

I gotta get in touch with my contact in Berlin.

I need more of this stuff.  That, and maybe if he’s got a few rolls of Aerochrome still available… 😀