I’ve previously written about using the now defunct Efke 820 Aura Infra Red film. When the factory in Croatia closed, I didn’t think much about it – more of a “ho hum” than a “Oh no!” My logic being was that there are other infra films out there. I opted to use use Rollei Infra Red film – which is rated at ISO 400, that with an IR filter makes it ISO 6 – slow, but twice as fast as Efke Aura. Which when you’re using it for pinhole and applying the “Sunny 16″ rule, makes for an exposure of about 5 minutes.
Rollei Infra Red Shot of Barbrook I Stone Circle
Rollei Infra Red Shot of 9 Grey Ladies Stone Circle
One of the things I didn’t consider when switching from Efke, is the lack of “Aura” effect in the Rollei Infra Red film. Efke 820 came in two flavours – plain Infra Red and “Aura”, which added a soft halo effect around the subject.
Froggatt Stone Circle using Efke 820 Aura
Having only developed two rolls of Rollei Infra Red film, I find it quite stark in comparison to the almost dream like Efke 820 Aura.
Wet Withins Long Barrow using Rollei Infra red film
Wet Withins Stone Circle using Rollei Infra red film
Rollei Infra Red film, seems to be quite contrasty which makes it quite stark, I feel, in comparison to Efke 820 Aura.
Gardoms Standing Stone using Efke 820 Aura
Beggars can’t be choosers with the ever decreasing choice of films, and I think I will miss Efke Aura, but perhaps not enough to make me pay the £14 people are wanting for a roll of 120 on Ebay at present, so I will have to persevere with Rollei Infra Red film.
I don’t think any shots on my first two rolls of Rollei will make it in to my Ties to the Land/Stonework project – but I hope with a bit more practice I will make something that is up to scratch for inclusion