Posted by: Michelle Stella Riordan | March 14, 2011

Invisible light…




I pick projects that tend to challenge my boundaries.  Photographers are all about light…how to use it, bend it, reflect it and stretch the boundaries of capturing it. 

I  picked Infrared, Ultraviolet Photography and Solar Photography.  You can’t see it, feel it nor touch it but you know it’s there.

Of course, this involves a traditional 35mm camera, film and processing.

Preparation required: researching filters, reviewing the visible light spectrum, comparing film prices and finding a lab still processing E6. 


I invested in:

Kodak EIR film ~ Wratten #12 filter

Kodak HIE film – rated at ISO 200 using Wratten #25 filter –

B & W 403 Ultraviolet Transmission filter


Kodak EIR color E6 process


Sunset Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey

ISO 200 as a guideline, placed the filter over the lens and took an exposure reading.  Bracket exposure. Can rate film at ISO 250 or ISO 320.


Kodak EIR color Infrared - Wratten #12 filter


#12 Filter plus color intensifier ~ film rated at 250 ISO


Kodak HIE BW  #25 filter


Sunrise in Ocean City, New Jersey

Kodak HIE film with #25 filter using Hasselblad XPan camera


Ocean City, NJ Sunrise in Ultraviolet


Sunrise in Ocean City, NJ ~ B&W 403 Ultraviolet Transmission Filter

ISO 1250, f/5.6 at 1/30 second


Egg Harbor Township, NJ sunset with Orion Solar filter


Sunset in Egg Harbor Township, NJ ~ Orion Solar Filter

ISO 400, f/5.6 at 1/200 second



Michelle Stella Riordan

Photography By Exposure

Special Events Photographer

Corporate, Portfolios, Aerial, Portraits

Studio, On Location, Beach Portraits


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