Funky Expired Film (Kodak ProImage 200)

mad film colors

mad film colors

Time to hear those old Bob Marley’s Albums! haha. I’m still trying to get something rational from my film experiments, but it seems that there are thousand of issues. I get some photos with some weird colors. I don’t dislike them but it’s a bit like a lottery to know if the negative it’s going to give you something consistent. I sent the camera to replace light seals so know it would be right but otherwise it could be the expired film that give me these photographs in all the range of reggae colors (colors that I didn’t fix so much because the shifts are practically total). I feel like I took them with a camera in a hand and a funny cigar in the other!

bokeh in analogue clue

bokeh in analogue clue

the last soft clounds on the world

sea of ice-cream

Actually I like the results, what makes me feel uncomfortable it that those results aren’t from my mind or vision (oh no, I am writing as an artist!) but from technical issues.

welcome back to 70's

welcome back to 70’s

Does anybody see a phantom in the next photograph?

memory of an old building

memory of an old building

I posted this one before but it’s part of that batch with severe color shift (I mixed the moon and the sun in one shot):

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Sol y Luna

tones of sunset

tones of sunset

But not every picture has these color shifts shifts and anomalous outputs. Some of them were pretty accurate so I believe it could be light leaks filtering light into the exposed negative. For example in the last photo you can see very realistic colors, even more I’d  liked to take the same scene with my Sony R1 because I feel that the film captured an amazing range of greens.

green in middle of red labyrinth

green in middle of red labyrinth

 

Said that I find more interesting the ones with color shift. The last one is just a simple shot I think. Technically I love the subtle tones of green and the detail captured for example in the leaves or bricks, but the composition is pretty normal, there is neither a question nor a message. I wonder if the other photographs would make me feel the same without the colors.

in fraganti

in fraganti

 

Feline curiosity. I was trying to capture more spontaneous moments. With film cameras I tend to prepare with anticipation the shoots. For landscape it’s no problem, but to capture a precise moment of people or subjects in continuous movement is harder. Well, actually it’s not harder than with a digital camera but, you know, every “click” in film costs at least one dollar :S …

Ayaviri, trains and an expired film (Agfaphoto 200) Part I

my blue train in the forgotten city

my blue train in the forgotten city

 

One of my brothers gave me his Olympus SP-500uz. I used it till learn everything, thanks to a fault (I took it to the beach without protection) I only could use it in manual mode. Thus way I learnt without help to use a camera properly to follow my desires. I liked so much the experience that I searched for the perfect camera for me, this was the Sony R1, purchase that I never regret and if you see the metadata is my most used camera, even I prefer it to the Fujifilm X-E1 that has better image quality but it’s not so enjoyable to use as the R1, and using a tripod there is no much difference. I gave the Olympus to our little brother and meanwhile I had to wait that the R1 arrived from US to Perú… I haven’t any camera except the one from my cell phone… So I asked to father one of his film cameras. My father is generous so I could choice any of them (besides he doesn’t use no one of them in this digital age, lol) There was a zenith, a Olympus pen and the Canon EF, a.k.a. black beauty. A FD mount camera made of pure black metal.

I had no problems in use it because I knew, thanks to the Olympus, to operate any camera in manual mode, so I take a little journey to a city I’d never been, Ayaviri, a pair of rolls and the adventure began. What you are going to see are my first photos ever done in a film camera. What a pity that in Puno city (never trust anything in touristic cities) they sold me an expired agfaphoto 200 disguised as fresh Kodak gold 200. I had to correct the best I could by computer.

The first think I felt uncomfortable was the 50mm focal length. I am used to 24 or 28 (in 35mm equivalence), one exception was the next picc that I took with that 50mm lens.

everyday is the same

everyday is the same

little cross

little cross

this seems a market

this seems a market!

bazar

bazar

The streets aren’t crowded, except  I think when it’s party time, you know, the final days of June when it’s in our hemisphere the equivalent of Christmas to the northern hemisphere (the day when the Sun is not going to go down more)

sweet day

sweet day

 

And well, I walked in middle of the streets in plane midday, and suddenly emerged a train!!!! it was like go back to my childhood when the train were more frequent and has a weight in the way you travelled around the country (actually the highways begun to be built since fifteen years ago), it was like see an old friend. I took with this roll much more photos of the train than the city:

come old friend

blue dog with white nose

follow my steps

follow my steps

take me with u

take me with u

the time is with us forever

the time is with us forever

red sign

red sign

leaves of grass say good bye

leaves of grass say good bye

I cho-cho-choose you

I cho cho choose you

the sharp edge of midday

the sharp ages of midday

let's travel to far away realms

let’s travel to far away realms

 

 

I wanted to go to Ayaviri because there are rock formations, unfortunately there wasn’t way to go so I had to stay just a few hours in the city. I ended the roll with the following images.

deep shadows

deep shadows

so many greens

so many greens

little window

house with rouge and closed lips

alone a distant motorbike

alone a distant motorbike

There are faults in the exposure. Time after I discovered that the cord that synchronize the ISO knob with the shutter was broken so the exposure was made a mess, the most have overexposure, and worse the roll was expired so I hope my composition defends my photographs.

Just for fun I took one image with the camera and another with my cheap cell phone camera from three years ago. No one is better I think, but the humble 2 megapixeles camera is a testament of how much the technology has advanced in digital photography (first the film version and bottom the camera phone version)

time and nature eating the old city

time and nature eathing the city

trees of ayavirir

trees of Ayaviri

Doubts

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I was thinking in buying a medium format camera or even a large format camera. I think 35mm film photography it’s cool but it has the problem that it’s the format with lesser quality, and if I am going to spend money for every time I press the shutter so I’d prefer that the quality of the image worth the time and money spent on it.

But it’s not easy, I don’t live in US, EU or Japan, here in Peru the best places to process are in the small towns, but if I want true quality I have to import the film rolls, I’ve to import the batteries, if I want to repair I have to buy the manuals and repair it myself because the technics are forgetting to repair film cameras.

Ok, I bought from overseas rolls, batteries and parts to repair. I repaired the camera and now it’s working, but now there are again more problems: the laboratories haven’t skilled people to process the film, their scanners are old and domestic and certainly they are forgetting to process the rolls. The costs to get a kit to process in home the film are high, the scanners or macro adds to scan or photograph the films are high, if I change to medium format the prices are higher.

I don’t know if it worth it. Instead to worry in to photograph I am more worried, with film, in gadgets as scanners, tripods, shutter releases, etcetera.