I'm going to Antarctica in a couple of weeks. My original plan was to shoot all digital, but I started thinking the other night. I enjoy shooting infrared, and could get some really interesting results in Antarctica. After a little more research and a few emails with some polar photographers, I can't find any input, or any evidence that anyone has tried infrared there. I'm sure someone has, but I can't seem to track them down.
So I'll throw these questions out to the forum:
Would the exposure of infrared be significantly different in Antarctica than it would be at less extreme latitudes? I think it would, but how much?
I've had problems getting infrared film through airports. In Reno, the agents called a supervisor when they didn't know what to do. When she showed up, she opened the container before I had a chance to explain. I threw the container with the film in the trash can right in front of her. She explained later that she would have had to determine, one way or another, that it was film that was in the container. Looking back, a closet or a changing bag MIGHT have worked. I wish I would have at least looked at the film cassette. I've never seen one. I wonder if it has writing on it that says something like, "Hey, you're stupid."
On the same trip, when I left San Antonio, all they did was swab the container and run the swab through their sniffing machine. They seemed to understand about the film and were willing to accomodate me.
In Reno, they kept asking, "What speed is it?" It seems like 800 is the magic number to keep it from going through the xray. I tried to explain that it's high speed infrared, and has no ISO rating. Ever seen a deer in the headlights, trying to look inteligent and official?
Sorry for the long story, but it leads up to my next questions:
PPA isn't any help. Does anyone know if ASMP, or any other group could help?
If someone opened the container, very briefly, and then closed it again, indoors, what effect would that have on exposed and unexposed film?
If I put the film in my pocket, and walked through the metal detector, would that effect it. The stainless steel pins in my foot don't set them off, so I'm sure film cassettes wouldn't either.
I know the FAA allows hand inspections, but I've got a horror story about coming back from Equador, four weeks after 9-11.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.