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 …

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.

Sol y Luna

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I’m still experimenting with the Canon EF film camera, and with rolls of expired Kodak ProImage 200. I saw Mitsubishi and Samsung rolls so I’ll give them a try.

What you are seeing is actually a double exposure: two different images projected in just one single frame of film. With the Canon EF I can shoot multiple exposures, not just two. In this case I mixed a sunset with the moon (it’s the white shape above the tree almost in the bottom middle where was previously the sun) It has a nice result: the blue sky has mixed and colored with blue the shadows and clouds and give to the warm sunset tones a cool effect IMHO. To put the moon in that specific place I used the aperture marks in the viewfinder as a guide. If it would be a slide I would have to change the ISO to compensate but with the negative latitude that’s not necessary.

Well, it has to be a nice photograph because it was EXPENSIVE, lol. You’ve to buy a roll, take it to the lab, import batteries and a long etcetera. I am not sure if the longitudinal marks are from the camera (I think not) or from the lab (perhaps) or from the expired film (I hope so)

Anyway, I’ll see if I can take sea photographs, tomorrow I’m travelling to the coast. It would be fantastic to go to the beach a bit ;-)

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I was thinking in pu^blish these with yesterday’s post, but to not seem repetitive I am publishing them here. I find the cats fascinating, sure also is truth that a lot of people thinks otherwise, but the life is so short to be worried about the tastes of others.

la gata

la gata

barrier

barrier

jump

Jump!

inquisitive whiteness

inquisitive whiteness

personal abysm

personal abysm

he's not coming

he’s not coming

It’s great, the highlights never seem to clip, with digital I have to compensate the exposure negatively, mostly with white and red colors.

Canon EF film experiment

meditative houyhnhnm

meditative houyhnhnm

I’m going to sound old but well, here it comes: when I was a child the memories were recorded with 135mm film cameras. They were compact cameras and very popular, in home dad had a Olympus Pen, a Zenith (Olympic version) and a defective Canon EF camera, this is a FD mount camera, before they made cameras with autofocus and the lenses were EF mount. I am preparing the review of that camera because I don’t see much data in Internet. I downloaded the manual from Butkus and sent him a donation for the kindness.

Father gave me that camera and I could repair it, I bought new weincell’s batteries and a spare body for eleven bucks in ebay to replace the damaged parts. Some time ago I took photographs of Ayaviri city but the lab did a horrible work with the negatives so I found a better laboratory. I used expired Kodak ProImage 200 film to try the camera. I processed the jpeg photos in Photo Ninja, the most adjustment was correction of contrast and nothing more; few have more corrections to reduce color casts and bands for the expired roll I guess.

I took the next photograph, that I published days ago, almost at night. The battery wasn’t working so it took just a one second exposure. Fortunately it could see the leaves and the photo resulted as I wanted.

(Please, have in mind that I took these pictures as a test)

autumn void film

autumn void

merlin's tomb

Merlin’s tomb

fibonacci

Fibonacci

vegetal vortex

vegetal vortex

playboy transport

Playboy transport

cusqueña

cusqueña

tree falling from border

tree falling from border

rest with me

rest with me

yellow end of the world

Yellow end of the world

urban life

urban life

This was a multiple exposure photo. The camera has a button to take that kind of photos, just one has to adjust the ISO dial in relation to the number of exposures, but this was for an error, my error, at loading the film roll. So it wasn’t intentional…

I liked the photographs so I bought Kodak Portra 160 and I am going to buy also Fuji astia 100 and velvia 50.

neogothic echoes

neo gothic echoe

But…

Actually I still see film photographs, at least from 35mm with a personal defect: They look a bit dreamlike, that’s fantastic if one wants that effect but when I was a child I always felt betrayed at see the photographs different from my memory record. So to record the things I see I prefer a digital camera with all of its defects. By the way I feel the same for digital medium format, it has so much sharpness that to me is unreal, also different to my idea in my mind of reality, something similar to the movies in 4K.

But to other things, more abstract or that I like to give a dreamlike atmosphere I would be glad to use film. And about filters upon digital files I don’t find much sense, you have to pay expensive software. If you want a film aspect so shoot film, if you want a digital aspect so shoot digital. I find it reasonable if the film preset is to tune colors and have a better image, as a starting point, but not to mimic.

autum(n) void

 

autumn void film

Today I picked up the roll from the lab. Fortunately with better luck. And the photos went well considering, among other things, that the camera is broken, the roll expired at least five years ago and I put the roll wrongly :D

But I like how they come so I am going to try more film rolls and make sure that the camera this time is perfectly working.