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Inspired Expired

Posted by Caz on Thursday, 16th July 2015

I’ve been enjoying using my vintage camera collection for my Retro 365 project this year. They have all taken fresh black and white film of one format or another, but recently I have been wanting to try some expired colour film to experiment with. I’ve had quite a few rolls of colour print and slide film kicking around in my fridge for over a decade! I also wanted to try some Sprocket Hole Photography – where the whole of the width of the 35mm film frame is exposed, including the sprocket holes at each side.

Wilkes Street - The Avenger

Wilkes Street – The Avenger

I found an excellent step-by-step guide on Flickr from Hans Marvell, which detailed a non-permanent method of converting a Yashica 44 to take a standard 35mm cassette to expose all the sprockets. So I thought I would give it a try. The conversion itself wasn’t too difficult (careful not to lose those tiny screws!) and I got the film loaded in time to take the Yashica to London with me for a wander around Brick Lane for a couple of hours before meeting up with friends for dinner. There is loads of colourful graffiti around the streets there, perfect for sprocket-type images:

Expired film can be tricky to use, it loses sensitivity (film speed) after passing its sell-by date. But my Royal Gold had been stored in the fridge, which arrests this process a little, so I decided to shoot at box speed to see what happened. Once I’d finished it I took it to my local Snappy Snaps for conventional 1-hour C41 development. The negs didn’t look too bad when I got them back. I digitised them by photographing each frame with my Canon EOS 5DMkIII with the Canon 100mm EF f/2.8 L IS USM macro lens, mounted on a copystand and illuminated the negatives from underneath with my Yongnuo YN 560 Speedlite (I don’t have a scanner at the moment). A bit of fiddling with Photoshop got the positive image out of the orange-cast negs, and I am generally very pleased with the results. I’ll be using more of that old film very soon!

50 @ 50 (2014) #50

Posted by Caz on Friday, 19th December 2014

Curly Gate Shadows
Title: Curly Gate Shadows
Location: Hylands Park, Chelmsford
Camera: Canon EOS 5D MkIII / 50mm EF f/1.4 USM
Notes: There were some fantastic shadows to be seen at Hylands Park this afternoon. I spotted these as I drove into the car park just by the main gate. And there you have it, the last of my 50@50mm shots for 2014.

50 @ 50 (2014) #49

Posted by Caz on Wednesday, 17th December 2014

High Water Moorings
Title: High Water Moorings
Location: Paper Mill Lock, Little Baddow
Camera: Canon EOS 5D MkIII / 50mm EF f/1.4 USM
Notes: The canal towpath was pretty squelchy today and the water was very high. The Chelmer & Blackwater navigation is a canalised river but it still suffers from flooding regularly after heavy rain. The lock at Paper Mill was overrunning both gates and the weirs were in full furious flow. This calm little scene, just upstream belies the raging torrents further down.

50 @ 50 (2014) #48

Posted by Caz on Saturday, 13th December 2014

Al-Fresco Setting
Title: Al-Fresco Setting
Location: Wimpole Hall
Camera: Canon EOS 5D MkIII / 50mm EF f/1.4 USM
Notes: This was part of a fun outdoor glass table, set immaculately for dinner, in the grounds of Wimpole Hall. The table was under a tree, and from one of the boughs they had hung a rather grand imitation chandelier, as well as including the matching blue table decorations for Christmas. Made me smile.