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Has Kolari Vision cracked the Aerochrome code?

This is the most exciting news for infrared fans in decades: Kolari Vision, a US-based firm, which converts normal cameras into IR cameras, has released a filter that mimics the look of Aerochrome film, which is also known as EIR. Aerochrome was a Kodak photographic infrared film that produced surrealistic images with vibrant red and magenta vegetation. It was discontinued nearly a decade ago.

Now, according to Kolari Vision, a French photographer named Yann Philippe has developed a blue-cyan filter for Kolari Vision, which apparently has optical results similar to Aerochrome. Here’s an excerpt from Philippe’s announcement article on the Kolari website (link):

Since 2008 and more actively since 2015 I dove in the EIR digital emulation quest and tried a lot of unexplored methods. My goal was to obtain “in camera” color IR result without having to mix channels in post-production. I tried to go the other way round the color wheel using the complementary color of the yellow/orange filter (used in EIR photography): dark blueish cyan.

I’ve also tried the approach via a cyan filter since 2017 and got some interesting results (link). But this new filter, called IR Chrome, seems to optimize it. I can’t wait to test it in the coming months. I’m still a bit skeptical and wonder how much post-processing will be necessary to produce the stark colors and contrasts visible in Philippe’s IR Chrome images, but I am hopeful.

You can order it here (link).

The photo above is a promotional image provided by Philippe and Kolari Vision. It shows the in-camera look as seen on the display of a Canon 6D Mark II.

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