Monday, December 31, 2007

A moment of silence, please

Let us pause now as we remember Kodak HIE black-and-white infrared film.

You can still buy some at Adorama, but production has stopped despite a campaign to keep it going.

From the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle:

(December 30, 2007) — The human eye cannot see infrared radiation, but the camera lens can. And in infrared photos, grass, clouds and tree leaves can glow with the intensity of bright sunshine reflecting off snow, in stark contrast to the darker tree trunks, rocks and sky around them.

However, the industry-leading film that usually makes those shots happen, Eastman Kodak's HIE-135, is about to come to an end.

Kodak, citing declining sales of the product, plans to quit manufacturing and distributing the infrared film after this year.

Read the rest of the obituary.

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