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How to get Aerochrome-like images

How to get Aerochrome-like images from Sigma cameras? And is it possible to achieve other infrared and full spectrum looks with the Foveon sensor? This has been the topic of my recent posts. I’ve been experimenting with various filters and the processing of the resulting raw images in Sigma Photo Pro.

So here’s another interesting filter combination: Hoya Green X1 and Tiffen Yellow 8. It will give you blue skies and water, some great contrasts and a wide palette of red, magenta and yellow tones, which is quite reminiscent of Aerochrome film.

Take these images for example:

 
Kodak EIR with Sigma

Kodak EIR with Sigma

Kodak EIR with Sigma

 
So what are the actual numbers and settings in Sigma Photo Pro (SPP) that are necessary to achieve the desired looks? I was reminded by a fellow photographer that I didn’t give the details of my recent experimentations with the red filter as well… So I’ll do this now. But be aware: These are work in progress, and more accurate results may be achievable. And be sure to install the latest version of SPP.

 
How to get Aerochrome-like images

If you use X1 and yellow 8:

White balance: Neon
Color mode: Vivid
Color matrix: G 0.0/A 0.0/M 8.0/B 33.0
Color fringe correction: 0.8/0.8 — 0.5/0.5

If you use red filter (25A):

White balance: Manual (Custom white balance on white card without filter on – just full spectrum)
Color mode: FOV Classic Blue
Color matrix: G 0.0/A 0.0/M 22.0/B 86.0
Color fringe correction: 0.9/0.4 — 0.5/0.5

 
How to get yellow vegetation (you’ll need to do the channel mixing in PS afterwards):

White balance: Manual (Custom white balance on white card without filter on – just full spectrum)
Color mode: FOV Classic Blue
Color matrix: G 0.0/A 0.0/M 0.0/B 33.0
Color fringe correction: 0.5/0.5 — 1.0/1.0

 
How to get whiteish vegetation (same here: you’ll need to do the channel mixing in PS afterwards):

White balance: Neon
Color mode: Neutral
Color matrix: G 22.0/A 0.0/M 0.0/B 11.0
Color fringe correction: 0.9/0.9 — 1.0/1.0

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