more wabi sabi adventures in film


I bought a lot of three expired Kodacolor gold (plus) 100 from a seller on etsy. If you're my age or older, you might remember, this is the film that kodak advertised with the "True Colors" campaign (link goes to YouTube) with choral versions of Cyndi Lauper's song.

These rolls expired in the mid 90s, so I didn't think there was a chance for "true" colors, nor did I want them! Expired Kodak film is said to shift red or orange, and this one definitely shifted magenta/ purple. (Which may also have something to do with the chemicals it was developed in at my local CVS. Or may have to do with the "plus" of the film, a designation I cannot find any info on.) 


The blue line is present in every photo. After googling, it may be a problem with the scanner at the CVS being dirty rather than something to do with the film. C'est la vie. I'm using CVS because they're close and they're cheap. I'll ask them to clean their equipment or I'll go somewhere else. Actually, I think I may have them rescan: after looking at the negatives, I don't see a blue line. 

I wish I had a scanner that scanned negatives now. I bought an awesome printer/ scanner, but I wasn't thinking about scanning negatives. Le sigh. 


Being new to film and especially new to purposefully using expired film, this is all just an adventure. A grand experiment, if you will. 

There's a reason wabi sabi is in my tagline.

Purple being my favorite color, I was really pleased about this color shift. But I think I'd have been happy any way they turned out. Part of the experimental process for me is not really knowing exactly what the film will do. 


That early morning light and the purple shift made these hydrangeas look pink again. It isn't realistic, but it is beautiful.

So very beautiful.

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All photos taken with a Maxxum 7000 (my film slr) with a 50mm 1.7 lens, wide open. Expired Kodacolor Gold Plus 100 film. Shutter speed not written down, but since I shot in aperture priority, it doesn't really matter. I manually focused most (if not all) of these shots.

Also, you may be wondering, why do I always shoot the 50mm lens wide open? First of all, that's the point of the lens to me, to get that small "sweet spot" of focus and have the rest be blurry (called "bokeh"). Second of all, the aperture is oily and if I stop it down, it sticks, overexposing my shots. I need to clean it, but I haven't had the cajones to do it myself yet and I don't want to pay to get it done because that's almost the cost of another lens and maybe I should just buy a f1.4 instead.