1950s Japanese Camera Visits Wisconsin Junkyard, Sees in Infrared

One thing that’s beneficial for those of us who like to photograph junkyards and race tracks with elderly photographic hardware is the ready availability of weird film types in 35mm and 120 formats. That includes film sensitive to infrared light wavelengths, which (when combined with a lens filter that blocks light in the visible-to-humans spectrum) enables the camera to see the world as a snake or mosquito would. At the junkyard, this results in an interestingly different view of the rows of doomed cars.

A few months back, I brought several IR-filter-equipped film cameras to Denver-area boneyards, but High Plains Colorado is too dry and sparsely vegetated to take much advantage of the weirdly glowing appearance of plants as seen in infrared. So, I brought my 1957 Ricohflex VII to Grandpa John’s Pick and Pull in lushly forested Green Bay, Wisconsin, loaded it with Rollei IR 400, and attached a 760nm filter to the lens. Peruse the gallery below for the results.




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