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St Johns Bridge, IR # 5 | by Gary L. Quay
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St Johns Bridge, IR # 5

I finally have the definitive St Johns Bridge "touresty" shots I've been looking for. This was shot with Konica IR 750 (R.I. P.) and a Red 29 filter. Interestingly, I forgot that I had to add a stop to make up for the darker filter. I usually use a red 25 with this film. So, I decided to push it a stop in the darkroom. I used PMK Pryo developer because of its compensating properties, It retards the highlights while bringing out the shadow detail. I lost some of the infrared look, but gained some incredible shadow detail.


This is a scan of the negative. I intend to print this in the darkroom soon, and give it a full workover. I should be able to pull more of the infrared effect out of the image, as well as darken the sky. Since I've been posting on this site, I've been learning the limitations of Photoshop. While I can pull detail out of a bad negative, I can't also make it "sing." Maybe that's my skill level talking, but I sill love wet darkroom.


Now that I have my money shots out of the way, I'm free to explore the bridge from terra incognito.


Note: 9/20/09. I slightly intensified the image. I'm a little more satisfied with it now.


Camera: Hasselblad 500 CM

Lens: 80mm Carl Zeiss.

Film: Konica IR 750 developed in PMK Pyro.

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Taken on September 5, 2009