Roll #54 – Kodak Portra 160VC

Kodak Portra 160VC (Medium Format, expired 07/2000)

Somehow I started a small photo project on the topic “Blue”. The first images were taken with Leo (of Kupfer & Eisen) along a small canal near her apartment. I didn’t really have a plan, but Leo helped out immensely.

Some photos came out great, some very strange – guess that’s what you get for using film stock, that expired 17 years ago. I’ll probably use up what I have and focus on buying fresh film after that.

Leipzig–Plagwitz, Germany / May 2017

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Medium format (120), color negative, roll film, 12 exposures (6×6), ISO 160, expired 07/2000, shot at ISO 64.

Pentacon Six + Carl Zeiss Jena Biometar 2,8/80 + Kodak Portra 160VC
Film bought for ~3,20 EUR via eBay.
Developed with Tetenal C-41 kit.
Scanned with Epson Perfection V550.


Happy little accidents

It’s not always going as planned, especially with film photography.

Pentacon Six TL + Carl Zeiss Jena Biometar 2.8/80 MC
Kodak TMax 400 (expired 2003) @ EI 200

ORWO F43 Fine Grain Developer | 10min 32sec @ 21.3°C

Roll #43 – ORWO CNS 100

ORWO CNS 100 (expired)

After taking over the family photo albums and scanning dozens of negatives, one film stock really stood out for me: old ORWO color film. I liked the somewhat muted realistic colors a lot. And so began a long hunt on eBay.

After several months I finally got my hands on 5 rolls of CNS 100. They expired in the early 2000s – not that bad. As a precaution I exposed the film as ISO 50 (instead of 100) and developed it normally. And wow, I love love love the colors. Now I have to get more rolls.

Oh and please ignore the weird texture on some / most (okay all) of the photos, I still have to work a lot on my rinsing / drying skills. #finishednotperfect

Leipzig + Bockwitz, Germany / Sept + Aug 2016

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35mm, color negative film, ISO 100 (exposed at 50), 36 exposures.

Praktica LTL 2 + Helios-44-2 f2/58mm  + ORWO CNS 100 (expired ~2001)
Film bought for ?!? (can’t remember) via eBay.
Developed with Rollei C-41 Kit by myself.
Scanned with Epson Perfection V550.

Roll #34 – Samsung Prime Color 200

Samsung Prime Color 200 (expired 05/2004)

I bought a 10-pack of these on eBay (couldn’t find them in any smaller amount) and shot 3 rolls so far. One here in Leipzig and two in the National Park Hainich. I loved the colors of Samsung Prime Color 100, but I couldn’t find that stock either.

It’s sad to see, that all those nice films are gone. Well, not really gone – some of it is still around. But since it’s no longer produced, the number of rolls available will only be going down.

Maybe all the falling leaves make me think about all the production stops of film stock. But it’s not all doom and gloom. If this project has shown me one thing, it’s that there’s still a lot of film out there.

National Park Hainich + Leipzig, Germany / Oct 2015


35mm, color negative film, 24 exposures, ISO 200.
Expired 05/2004, shot at ISO 100.

Nikon F80/N80 + Nikkor AF 50mm 1.8G + Samsung Prime Color 200
Film bought for 1,70 EUR via eBay.
Developed and scanned by Foto Schröter (Riesa).

Week #23 – Rossmann HR 400

Rossmann HR 400

Work and other stuff is eating up my week and more often than not I’m out of town for the weekend. So basically there’s no time for all the scanning, removal of dust and scratches, editing and writing needed for a blog entry. Guess I have to save time somewhere in the future… will probably start with dust/scratches.

Or you do it like now – being finished with work shortly after midnight and doing the blog “work” after that. All the films and developing costs add up as well and I’m in slowly growing fear, that by the end of the year it all will amount to a 4 digit figure.

Okay okay, enough with the worrying and more images!

Elbe Sandstone Mountains – June 2015


35mm, color negative film, 36 exposures, ISO 400.

Nikon F80/N80 + Nikkor AF 50mm 1.8G + Rossman HR 400 (expired 2008)
Film sponsored by Kathleens Mom (Thanks!).
Developed by FotoStudio 80.
Scanned with Epson Perfection V550.