You want an Aerochrome filter? Forget IR Chrome, forget all the well-known and overpriced filters and buy a Hoya Green X1 instead and a dark yellow or light orange filter, ideally Orange 16 from Tiffen. They create the look I most associate with Aerochrome. And believe me, I’ve tried just about everything.
I was out in the west of Thun today with a converted Nikon D700. Actually I wanted to go to Kiental again, one of my recent discoveries. A visit a few days ago was marred by stubbornly piled-up clouds on the nearby mountain flanks.
But today, my glance towards the Alps told me that the situation would be the same. So I photographed nearby to see how the Nikon D700 with the Aerochrome filter would perform in the field. I went to Gurzelen and snapped photos of the rolling hills and small ponds – remnants from the Ice Age.
I think the result is captivating. This deep, spectacular blue of the sky, the strong cloud contrasts, the color spectrum in the vegetation from violet (in the shade) to pink, orange and deep red as well as the soft cyan color cast of the photos are exactly the elements that make a perfect Aerochrome filter for me.