Fujifilm X100V Film Simulation Recipe: Black & White Infrared

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Stop Here on Infrared – Yellowstone NP, WY – Fujifilm X100V – “Black & White Infrared”

Infrared photographing is capturing light beyond the visible spectrum. It requires special film, or a digital sensor that has had the infrared filter removed. Any digital camera has the potential to be infrared sensitive, but the process isn’t easy or cheap. Full spectrum photography is similar to infrared, but also includes ultraviolet and visible light (not just infrared light). With full spectrum photography you can choose by the use of filters which light you want to capture. You can use filters with infrared, too, to control what light comes through, but not to the extent of full-spectrum. A characteristic of both infrared and full-spectrum in black-and-white is deep contrast, with dark skies and white foliage. One of my favorite photographers is Mitch Dobrowner, who converted his Canon cameras to full-spectrum for dramatic monochrome storm photography.

When I purchased my Fujifilm X-T1, I had the intentions of converting it to full-spectrum, but the cost of the conversion has prevented me from doing it. I still hope to do so, maybe later this year or perhaps next year. We’ll see. But I figured out a way to simulate something that’s in the neighborhood of infrared or full-spectrum on my Fujifilm X100V without any conversions. In the right light and with the right subject, it can be quite convincing! Even though you are only using the visible spectrum of light, it can appear as though you are actually doing infrared photography. Amazing!

Even in situations where this recipe doesn’t resemble infrared or full-spectrum, it will still produce a dramatic, high-contrast look that you might find appealing. Those who have said that Acros+R doesn’t actually resemble the use of a red filter on black-and-white film will appreciate these settings. Many landscape photographers, including Ansel Adams, employed a red filter to achieve a dark sky (for example, Moonrise Over Hernandez).

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White Tree Black Sky – West Valley City, UT – Fujifilm X100V – “Black & White Infrared”

The trick is to use a low Kelvin white balance in conjunction with a dramatic white balance shift when using Acros+R. I got the idea from Fuji X Weekly reader James Clinich, who uses between 3800K and 4500K with a 0 Red & +8 shift to achieve a darker sky, which is something you can apply to other B&W recipes if you’d like to better mimic the use of a red filter. I just took his idea a step further to make it even more dramatic for this recipe.

My Black & White Infrared film simulation recipe can be difficult to use. I find that it doesn’t always work well. It can be very tough to gauge the best exposure, and I’ve had to go anywhere from -1 to +3 on the exposure compensation dial to get it right. It’s one of the more difficult to use recipes that I’ve created, yet it is highly rewarding. If you like dramatic black and white photographs, you’ll want to give this one a try! As of this writing, it’s only compatible with the Fujifilm X100V, X-Pro3 and X-T4 cameras.

Acros+R
Dynamic Range: DR200
Highlight: +4
Shadow: +3
B&W Toning: 0
Noise Reduction: -4
Sharpening: -4
Clarity: +5
Grain Effect: Strong, Large
Color Chrome Effect: Off
Color Chrome Effect Blue: Off
White Balance: 2750K, -5 Red & +9 Blue
ISO: Auto, up to ISO 6400

Example photographs, all camera-made JPEGs using this Black & White Infrared film simulation recipe on my Fujifilm X100V:

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Crafts & Hobbies – West Valley City, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Cloud Above The Wall – Draper, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Flags Over IKEA Infrared – Draper, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Pinnacle – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Suburban Abstract – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Suites – West Valley City, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Paved Paradise – West Valley City, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Accessible Parking – West Valley City, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Done Shopping – West Valley City, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Soda Glass – West Valley City, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Couch Stripes – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Flowers in the Sky – Big Sky, MT – Fujifilm X100V

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Grey Hills – Red Rock Lakes NWR, MT – Fujifilm X100V

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Abandoned Dream Infrared – Red Rock Lakes NWR, MT – Fujifilm X100V

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Abandoned House by the Hill IR – Red Rock Lakes NWR, MT – Fujifilm X100V

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Henry’s Fork River – Island Park, ID – Fujifilm X100V

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Upper Red Rock Lake IR – Red Rock Lakes NWR, MT – Fujifilm X100V

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Red Rock Road Monochrome – Red Rock Lakes NWR, MT – Fujifilm X100V

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Aspen Leaves Infrared – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Illuminated Tree – West Valley City, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Infrared Tree – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

See also: Film Simulation Recipes

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19 comments

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  2. Marc Beebe · August 11

    This is an interesting take on near-infrared photography. Most of us do this with a lens filter that blocks most of the visible spectrum (like 750nm) and custom white balance set with a white card and the filter. This can give some great odd-colour shots which can be desaturated to B&W. Some people will go further with a lot of post-processing tricks to get the dramatic end results. The exposure times tend to be very long unless you can turn the ISO way up and don’t mind the resulting noise. Although infrared is fun to play with, most people probably won’t use it enough to justify the cost of full camera conversion. Here’s some of my experiments: https://marcbeebe.wordpress.com/2019/08/09/the-infrared-zone/

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    • Ritchie Roesch · August 11

      Thank you for sharing! I find the odd color shifts to be interesting. It would be cool to create a color faux IR recipe, but I don’t think that’s particularly practical or possible.

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  3. Jimmy · August 11

    Some of the landscape photos are stunning, almost surreal-looking

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  4. Mark Crable · August 11

    Your first photo “Stop Here on Infrared” is terrific. The black sky gives it a very ominous feel. There also a small cloud formation to the left just above the larger clouds which looks like a ghostly figure with arms spread floating upward.

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  5. georgesimpsonart · August 11

    Great!
    I tried true red/orange filters on the fuji the other day for the first time.
    Many say don’t bother but strikingly different. I would say its a bit like they’ve used a hue-saturation slider and I’ve noticed weird highlights on the higher DR settings.
    Nonetheless couldn’t resist using both the physical and film mode filters at once. (ansel Adams maybe-because I didn’t have a DEEP red filter, just a cheap Neewer set)

    But excellent tip with white balance. I tried making that shift to red many times. Obviously wrong idea!
    As I understand it the signal flow is WB—>red film simulation.
    So makes perfect sense now—if you make it all red with WB it passes it all through actually allowing more to pass through filter. If you make it all blue it rejects more of it, such as sky and pronounces the effect except for truly reddish and whitish things!
    Of course it does-I’ve had it all inverse-blue skies usually would mean more pronounced effect so send blue into red!

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  6. Kenneth Peters · August 12

    Excellent Job. Other than clarity I wonder if it will work on the x-trans III?

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    • Ritchie Roesch · August 12

      I just checked. Maybe not quite as convincing, but it definitely works.

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      • Kenneth Peters · August 12

        Sweet, I will add to my list in my cheat sheet. Definitely trying this one this weekend.

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  7. Jan-Hendrik · August 14

    Just programmed into my X100V, took first picture, lovin’ it already!

    I’m following your blog since I bought my X100, my first Fuji camera, about 2 months ago. Thank you so much for all the inspiration, and all the useful and wonderful recipes, specifically! Please keep it coming! 🙂

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    • Ritchie Roesch · August 16

      Thank you so much! I appreciate the feedback and kind words!

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    • Jan-Hendrik · 16 Days Ago

      And here’s a selection of shots that I did with this recipe:
      https://jimilo.de/f8/index.php?album=Fuji/Infrared

      Average pics from an average photographer. But so probably showing well what someone like me can do with this recipe 😉

      I’ve linked back your site, @Ritschie. Let me know if this is not ok with you.

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      • Ritchie Roesch · 15 Days Ago

        That’s awesome! Thank you for sharing! I’m glad that you like the recipe!

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  9. Michael Martin · August 23

    Thank you Ritchie!

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