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Photography Blog of Paul Haberstroh

Thank you for visiting my new photography blog, it is a reflection of my former career as a professional photographer. Please enjoy the images! All images © Paul Haberstroh.

While I do not shoot professionally full time anymore, I do teach photography, videography, web and graphic design. The inspiration for creating this site happened while I was going through my archives of  images. For most of my career, I shot film. The early digital cameras did not deliver the quality that I felt my clients deserved. The early adopters of digital spent a lot of time manipulating mediocre images to make them look like film. Now, my phone has the same MP that my first DSLR did, and produces amazing quality. Most of the images on this site are scans of 35mm film, including all the black and white photographs. The classic car photography is mostly digital. Some of the travel and landscape images are digital, with some taken by my phone. See if you are able to tell the difference.

Paul Haberstroh Photography
Vintage Wedding Photography © Paul Haberstroh

One of the popular photography trends now is to recreate a “vintage” look to wedding photography. Black and white film did that quite naturally for me fifteen years ago. There is something timeless about black and white photos. While I always shot both color, and black and white films at a wedding, often the client’s favorite images were black and white. Some of the black and white films I used were, Kodak Tri-X, T-Max 3200, Infrared, and Kodak Recording Film. I also liked Ilford Delta 3200 and HP-5.

Photographing in Colorado was certainly a treat. The striking landscape and beautiful wedding venues provided a fabulous backdrop for the images. The opportunities for the camera were endless.

Many of wedding images may seem posed, but actually very few are. While the style may seem very traditional, it was really more natural and photojournalistic.


Infrared Photography

Infrared Photography Paul Haberstroh
Infrared Photography © Paul Haberstroh

Infrared Photography is created with film or a sensor that is sensitive to a spectrum of light that is not visible to the human eye. Infrared Photography was one creative tool I used to distinguish myself from other photographers, especially at weddings. Not many photographers in my day used infrared film for several reasons. Infrared film was expensive, challenging to handle, challenging to shoot, and challenging to develop. The film required handling in complete darkness, making roll changes on location not a very convenient option.

Camera meters are not calibrated for the infrared wavelength, and infrared light does not focus at the same point as visible light. Metering was mostly a guess, with liberal bracketing until I had enough experience to narrow the exposure settings. While an #87 or #89 filter gave more dramatic results, I used a #25 so I could actually see through the lens. Since I shot mostly weddings and portraits, I needed the flexibility to hand hold and move around. The results were dramatic enough, and my clients really enjoyed the Infrared Photography images.

Kodak HIE was the best choice for black and white Infrared film at the time with predictable results in the infrared wavelength (~750-900nm). I preloaded it into a vintage Olympus OM2N that I had since college, and shot a roll at daytime outdoor weddings, conditions permitting.

Much to my dismay, Kodak announced in November 2007 that it was discontinuing HIE due to lack of sales. I bought all I could find within my means, and I still have a roll in the refrigerator for sentimental value. For complete technical data from Kodak about HIE Infrared Film click here.

Rollei still makes an Infrared film, and Ilford makes an extended sensitivity film (SFX).  There are also digital camera conversions that yield good results, or you could use Photoshop to simulate an Infrared Photography effect.