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.
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.
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.
You heard about the “couple goals”? I met a couple who have plenty of common goals. One of them is film, another cinematography and another is pictures. And many more – I am sure of it! Our story started pretty funny and I remember this very well today. I was walking around the flea market in Lisbon, on the lookout for some cheap film and cameras (by the way, I failed to find “cheap”) and I saw this girl shooting sneaky photos of people in a cafe where I stopped with a friend for a beer. I approached her because it was the time I was very interested in street photography of this kind – non-invasive and quiet. Big bonus for shooting that with an analogue camera! I didn’t want to be a pain, so I just asked if I can see her gallery online and we exchanged our Instagram accounts. Totally worth checking that! It turned out that she was only visiting Lisbon, but will be back shortly. And you know what? We met again! We could talk a lot about photography and I also learned from her, which really matters for me. She seemed like a genuine person, who was not afraid to share her skill with (almost) a stranger. And if she was so cool, how could her boyfriend be any worse? Not at all! They are both filmmakers and cinematographers, both talented and knowledgeable. And most important fact is that they are both giving their true opinions. Real stuff only. And I am so happy that I could go for a photowalk with Giulia, I am happy that I could shoot some videos with Gonçalo. I am even more happy that we could have some drinks and dinners together. But I am sad, because I miss these two amazing souls, who live their lives happily in Italy now. Can’t wait to meet them again. But why am I even telling you this? It’s because these two people are important to me and I miss them a lot! And they gave me a roll of Portra 160 for my birthday last year! I only shot it recently, because I had some issues with my camera, but here it comes. You can wipe your tears and enjoy the photos – or if you dislike them – cry again.
To Giulia and Gonçalo – thank you very much for this gift 🙂
Below you can find a table with links to my friends’ works:
Didn’t publish anything in here for a while, but doesn’t mean I am idle – at least not in photography 🙂 Using all this time spent at home I am shooting some more film. A roll of Portra and an expired Ektachrome 160T are waiting to be developed in a lab. But I finally developed a roll by myself. Well, almost by myself 😉 For a start I took a roll of Fomapan 400 – it’s cheap and if something goes wrong > out to the bin. So I didn’t really focus on finding amazing frames for this roll. But it turned out to be a beginner’s first success. Below you can find a few examples and the rest of good in my opinion frames you can find in my Behance profile: https://www.behance.net/gallery/96444293/Fomapan-400
Special thanks to a very talented photographer, Joana Rainer, who helped me with all this!
While I am writing this, there’s a roll of Ilford HP+ hanging in the bathroom drying and waiting to be scanned 🙂
Back in 2019 I decided to take part in a collective exhibition organized through a Facebook group – Lisbon Analogue Photography. The initial plan was to show our photos in 2 different spots – Livraria Ferin and Ler Devagar – both are libraries located in Lisbon, Portugal. The final decision was that exhibition consists of 7 photographers and each will display 6 photos taken with a film camera. As the title says it was photos of Lisbon presented through the unique vision and framing of each one of us.
Unfortunately, the exhibition at Ler Devagar had to be closed early due to the current situation and instead being on display for nearly 3 weeks, the place was closed after around a week or so.
Nevertheless, it was a great experience for me and I believe the other photographers share the same feeling. Even more special for me, because it was my first exhibition ever. At this point I would like to thank each one involved in organizing the whole thing and allowing us to display our frames at their spaces.
No more talking – below is a collage of my photos I printed for this exhibition.
I decided not to add any titles and just leave it for the viewer for interpretation.
Just wanted to quickly let you know that opening of our collective exhibition happened yesterday and this time we are exhibiting our analogue photos at Ler Devagar in LX Factory. You can see it all for free until 22nd March.