At my local camera shop, the owner recommended I play with Ilford SFX 200 film. Always up for a challenge I decided to give it a go. After doing a bit more research I found out that you can get near infrared results with this film using a red filter.
I have had it in my head to photograph the church steeples in and around my neighborhood. Sounds strange I know but for some reason I am fascinated with them. Before committing to the project completely I figured I would run one role through as a test or experiment role.
It took me a week or so to acquire the appropriate filter for my Mamiya 645 Pro. After one vendor canceled my Amazon purchase, for no apparent reason, I was finally able to have my lovely red #25 filter ready to go. From looking at the specs for the film, the manufacture recommends increasing the stops 1 1/2 when using a #25 filter. What I did was meter at a sunny 16 (F16 with 200 ISO film). The meter was coming back pretty consistently with a shutter speed of 125 to 250 depending on which church I chose. I shot an exposure at F16, F11, F9 and F8. My calculations where telling me that if I need to gain 1.5 stops at F16 my camera should be somewhere in the F9.5 range. I tried to dial it in as much as I could but what I found is that there was very little difference between F9 and F8. For sanity sake I am going to stick with F8 on a sunny day when using this film and filter.
Rather than bore you with the step by step photos I am posting the ones that I think worked out the best. These are all pretty much F8 @ 250 of a second.
Now that I have this under my belt I am going to retake these “for real” later this year. If anyone has used this film and has any suggestions, please let me know.