I’ve got a long term fascination with shooting old film. The results are hit and miss, but all the better for it!
This roll expired in 2003, a roll of Fuji Superia, exposed at 100 ASA, one stop overexposure relative to it’s original speed of 200 ASA. All shot on an OM2N with a 50mm f1.4 and a neutral density filter (x8) to allow wider apertures. The processing was standard lab C41 with no special instructions.
The subject is a vintage car rally, with lots of old cars with what are now relatively unknown names. Wolseley anyone?
This film seems to age with a preference for a blue hue which I personally like, but others may not. The softness of the light is like flare, but it in this light it couldn’t be – the sun was behind me.
Finally a really typical image on old film – these aren’t manipulated with any software – just straight off the scanner with some levels adjustments. Ten years hasn’t done much for the grain in the final images, but it’s all part of the process.
If you’re lucky enough to be given an old roll of film, don’t throw it away – use it! The results may be be more interesting than you anticipated!
Thanks for looking, hope you like them.
How to expire with dignity… : )
These are beautiful, I love the blues.
Look a lot better than my expired film!
Sheer luck Derek – you haven’t seen the rest of the roll! I usually give it one stop more exposure than the box speed and cross my fingers after that – it usually works (amazingly).
Now you’re going to laugh, I remember I shot couple rolls of expired 400 or 800 3 stops over, they still look like crap!
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These are great! I found a few old rolls of film last week and I’m inspired to use them now 🙂
Thanks Helen – expired film always produces something interesting!