I have shot infrared film for about 15 years and have always loved the results. It has given me an additional way to explore the possibilities of capturing and interpreting a scene. However, most of the infrared film I own is now on sale at eBay. The reason for this is that I have simply come to the conclusion that digital infrared has enough advantages over film that I have decided to switch.
I have never been one to bracket my exposures (in addition to shooting at the meter value, shooting a stop faster and a stop slower), but have relied upon experience to get my desired results. Bracketing has the problem that the exposure no longer matches the development with 35mm and 120 film, since the entire roll must me developed at the same time. Bracketing is useful with sheet film when one is unsure of the proper expopsure, but the last time I purchased the discontinued Kodak High-Speed film in the 4X5″ size, it cost $2 per sheet. That’s a lot of money that can be better spent on paper.
This image of a silo is the result of three digital bracketed exposures, which have been combined using the HDR function within Photoshop CS3, then converted to monochrome. This gave me an incredible amount of flexibility that I would not have had had I captured the scene with film.