I had a few attempts to make this video with Joana and it finally is ready! Apparently, developing black and white film at home is much easier than making a video with all the important information and instructions for you, guys, to enjoy. Check it out and as we say in the video – comment on it to let us know what else needs to be clarified or if you have any hints for us.
Lately I am posting my expired film adventures here and that is because I was pretty lucky with these rolls (as we never know what will happen, in most cases). This time I would like to present you a roll of Fuji Superia 400 that expired in 2005 and again I got it from NARC (check his ebay for good stuff!). I decided to shoot it at ISO 100 and seems it was still underexposed, probably due to the conditions it was stored in. However, this is still one of the rolls I liked to see scanned, also because nearly all the photos were shot on the weekend of my birthday – my girlfriend, Joana, took me to Alentejo, to a beautiful village of Évoramonte. We visited another town near by – Estremoz and I also took some shots on the way back. See for yourself, if you like the results and if you can feel a bit of the Alentejo vibe.
One more expired roll of film that was part of the pack provided by NARC and resulted in a very good set of photos (for me)! The roll I used was valid until 1992, so I set ISO to 25 (+2 stops), but after scanning it turned out it should have been even slower, one more stop would do. I used Silverfast for scanning the negatives and since there is no profile for this particular film type, I did my own color correction.
Below is the rest of the photos from this roll, I hope you like them!
I finally got some more color film developed (well, nearly 3 weeks ago, but I was lazy) and I would like to present to you the results I got from an expired roll of Kodak Ektar 125, which I shot at ISO 64. Now I see it could be better with ISO 32, but hey, with expired film you never know. I must say I don’t always apply the rule of +1 stop of exposure per each 10 years after expiration and I’m OK with it. As usual, this film I obtained from the famous NARC Expired Film – check it out, if you’re into it.
All the photos from that roll have strong marks of being stored in not perfect conditions and are underexposed. We can see an interesting color shift and in general I like the results, even though the shadows are not rich in detail.
Without further talk, the photos are below.
I find the black and white photos are appropriate for dramatic scenes and I love the result I got from my last home developed roll – Ilford Delta 400. I shot it at box speed due to cloudy sky on the day I loaded it to my Canon 5 camera.
It was a good choice, I think, as I encountered almost the same conditions in other places. The below photos were taken around Vila Franca de Xira and Cascais and developed with HC-110.
Enjoy and hope you find a favorite among these.
Last year I got a bunch of expired rolls from Nuno (person behind NARC Expired Film on eBay) and one of them was this – Scotch Color expired in 1992. The box speed was ISO 200, I shot it at ISO 100 and I overexposed some individual shots by 1 stop. This is so far my favorite expired roll, as the result was unexpected and interesting. I took it to take photos of an abandoned palace and a quary. All the photos were scanned at home and I was pretty excited to see the whole set on the screen. Enjoy!
I’m still not shooting much film lately, meh, not even shooting with my digital camera, thanks to the lovely C***D19.
But that roll of Fomapan 100 was waiting in my fridge for nearly a year and one beautiful weekend I managed to take some pictures, but I set the speed to ISO 50 – after reading online that this is closer to its real sensitivity.
One more reason to do it was that I wanted to try our new developer – Kodak HC110 (we were using TMax before).
I must say I am very happy with the places I visited and the shots I took on this film. I was using my Canon EOS 5 (aka A2) and a 16-35mm Canon lens with polarizer.
I developed it with Kodak’s dilution B, which according to Massive Dev Chart gave me an 8 minute long developing with continuous agitation (I managed 🙂 ).
As soon as the film dried I scanned it and you can see the results below. This time I also give an example before and after editing, but it was just a little touch of contrast and in some cases highlights and shadows balancing.
The grain? Very fine!
I will be doing this combo again in the future, I’m glad I tested this and I’m very happy to share the results with you.
Laziness got in my way from posting some stuff in here and I kinda neglected my website (also wanted to make some changes here and that’s another reason for no updates).
I recently developed 2 rolls of black and white film which are very much to my liking, so I present to you these – a roll of Fomapan 200 and expired Fujifilm Neopan SS 100 (shot at box speed).
Fujifilm Neopan SS 100 (expired 2013)
Most of the times I visit new places during holidays or weekend escapades I avoid touristic hot-spots and I never buy any souvenirs except a postcard for myself. I don’t send postcards from the places I visit to my family or friends and it’s because I am not a great writer – it happened in the past that I sent a postcard that looked like this:
Greetings from *INSERT PLACE*
WojtekTrue Story, Bro
Now I know I am more into more authentic and close to the nature type or retreat, that’s why I take photos for my own postcards.
Exactly one month ago I went with my girlfriend (also a photographer – IG and WWW) to São Miguel island and we stayed for a week in Mosteiros. It was active and at the same time relaxing week for the both of us and we miss that place since we came back from there.
We took some rolls of film with us and I had my DSLR with me as well, but surprisingly, we did not run out of film nor did I need to use my secondary memory card. Guess we just needed the rest we got there?
In my previous post you can see a special photoshoot we did with Joana (and more on her Instagram), but the more colorful and holiday-vibe photos can be seen below. We have some prints in offer, if you are interested in buying some of those and we will be happy to share a small part of our trip with you – just let me know!
PS. These photos are from 2 different rolls – Kodak Gold and Kodak ColorPlus.
By the end of May I ordered a couple of expired rolls of film from Narc and Ilford Delta 100 was the first one from the lot I tried. Its expiration date was January 1998, so I wasn’t sure of the results. I used it on my trip to Tomar, but most of the shots were taken in Lisbon. Below are a few examples (also posted on my Behance profile).