Oct 25 2009

Results to #2

Results to #2

Processing: A local professional photo lab

Time:  about 2 weeks.

Price: approximately $15.00

Critique: Like looking at the face of a friend who you haven’t seen in over a decade, this film took me by surprise. I really didn’t recognize it at first. My first reaction was “Holy shit that’s grainy!” But then I realized that really, I had just grown unaccustomed to seeing film. Especially this old high speed underexposed black and white film.

I decided to try shooting some scenes at night with available light. And since the battery in my old FM2n was dead, the light meter didn’t work. Not that it would have helped me much anyway. But being a good ol’ mechanical light tight box, the shutter mechanism works whether there’s battery or not. So I was sort of winging it for the exposure. Most of them were around 4 to 6 seconds at F4, under a bright full moon.


Regarding processing, I took the film to a local lab that still processes b/w, C-41, and I think E-6 too, and does printing for professional level clients like wedding and portrait photographers. There aren’t many places left that process black and white film. The printing is all digital now, and apparently there was a bit of a problem with the equipment recognizing where the frames were on this film. Not like years ago where a technician would line the image up in the negative carrier. I had a lot of really screwed up prints.


Overall: It was fun to sit and have a beer with this old roll of 3200, and although I had fun reminiscing, this is not a friend I feel compelled to stay in touch with. There’s another roll lurking in my old film bag though, so I know our paths will cross at least one more time before we go our separate ways forever.

Oct 18 2009

Roll #2


Roll #2

A roll of tmax P3200. I have no idea why I had this film or where it came from. Perhaps I intended to shoot sports with it, or try to do something artsy-fartsy.

Assignment #2

So I’ll be artsy-fartsy. Better late than never, I guess. A clear and full moon makes a nice opportunity to try shooting high speed film with available light. Maybe I’ll get some eerie autumn nocturnes.

Oct 11 2009

Results to #1

Results to #1

Processing: A local pharmacy

Time: next day

Price: $8.57

Critique: I was surprised to pay nearly $10 for the processing. I had only exposed 25 of the 36 frames, so it could have cost a lot more.

The subject was photographed on a perfect bright sunny day, but the film results were a bit on the muddy side, and the prints were a little grainy. That could be because of the film’s age or the pharmacy processing.

I notice an artifact on the first frame that indicates that this roll had been loaded into the camera at some point, but then backed out again before this project.

Overall: Results not bad considering the factors involved. Most people probably wouldn’t have even noticed anything wrong. The old Kodak film held up pretty well, actually.I1

Oct 4 2009

Roll #1


Roll #1

36 exposure roll of Kodak Gold 400 color negative film. I’m guessing it came from a “value pack” purchased at the camera shop at the local mall. That camera shop is gone now.

Assignment #1

There’s a swanky but empty old service station near here that seems to be defying fate by remaining on a busy intersection despite the retail value of the site upon which it sits. I’m afraid one day I’ll drive by and the building will be gone. So why not capture its crumbling existence with a roll of expired film!

Oct 2 2009

Bags O’ Film


Okay, so there’s this bag o’ film that has been sitting in the refrigerator for oh, say, the past decade. Where did it come from. Why is it still there. What does it want? Some of that film will be old enough to enter the 7th grade this year.

Why not turn trash into treasure? …or at least turn it into usable space in the refrigerator by using it up for a fun project? Each roll of film will be used for one self assigned photo experiment. Some of these rolls might already have old images on them from the days of yore. Some might be too old to produce any quality images. We’ll see!

Let’s go!