Roll #54 – Kodak Portra 160VC

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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.

Week #18 – Kodak APS 200

Kodak APS 200
Kodak APS 200 (expired 10? years ago)

When I started this project I asked around among my friends if someone had old film I could use. One of them handed me a roll of APS (Advanced Photo System) film and a cheap plastic point & shoot camera.

AGFA FUTURA fixfocus 2
AGFA FUTURA fixfocus 2

There were already two exposed frames on the film, that were shot ~10 years ago, which helps to somewhat date the film. Developing the film was still doable, but the lab couldn’t scan it. So I had to fiddle the cartridge open with the help of a Youtube tutorial and a screwdriver.

scanning slightly curled APS negatives without holder
scanning slightly curled APS negatives without holder

Scanning it was quite a challenge since I don’t have a APS negative holder. I basically used masking tape to keep it flat. I’m not sure yet if I want to shoot more APS film in the future.

If I do, I probably should research APS scanning some more – like building masks or such.

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APS Format, color negative film, 25 exposures, ISO 200.
Shot in APS-H Mode: 30.2 mm × 16.7 mm -> ca. 16:9

AGFA FUTURA fixfocus 2 (24mm f4.5 Agfa lens) + Kodak APS 200
Film kindly donated by Hauke von Grimm.
Developed by Foto Schröter (Riesa, Germany).
Scanned with Epson Perfection V550.

Week #17 – Kodak Hawkeye 400

Kodak Hawkeye Super Color 400
Kodak Hawkeye Super Color 400 (in reused cartridge)

Kodak Hawkeye is an ISO 400 traffic surveillance color film. Some call it “Ektar 400“, but look for yourself.

Leipzig, Germany – March + April + May 2015

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35mm, color negative film, hand rolled, 24 exposures, ISO 400. No markings of any kind on film, no manufacturer, no numbers, nothing!

Nikon F80/N80 + Nikkor 50mm 1.8G + Kodak Hawkeye Super Color 400 (shot at ISO 300 and 400).
Film bought for ~8 EUR via Film Photography Project Store.
Developed and scanned by Foto Schröter (Riesa, Germany).

Week #14 – Kodak Tri-X 400

Kodak Tri-X 400 (120 medium format)
Kodak Tri-X 400 (120 medium format)

I’ll have to move the weekly update day from friday to saturday and shoot even more films as backup. This is getting too stressful otherwise. I’m drained and don’t have anything interesting to say. So lets jump right over to the images.

Halle + Leipzig, Germany – March/April 2015

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Medium format (120), black/white negative film, 12* exposures, ISO 400

Yashica Mat 124G (Yashinon 80mm f3.5) + Kodak Tri-X 400.
Film bought for ~4,50 EUR via Fotoimpex.
Self-Developed @ Mühlstraße e.V. Community Darkroom.
(D-76 1+1 @ 22°C / 8min)
Scanned with Epson Perfection V550.

*) exposures depend on the format. 6×6 -> 12 exposures.

Week #05 – Kodak T-Max 400

Kodak T-Max 400 (120 roll film)
Kodak T-Max 400 (120 roll film)

I originally planned to show some slide film today, but the film came back way underexposed. Not really sure what happened there yet, I guess I’ll just shoot another roll and really pay attention to metering.

I love the super-fine grain of T-Max and can’t wait to use it again, but this time at another time of year. The almost always gray days of winter can’t be over soon enough.

Leipzig / Halle / Taucha, Germany – Dec 2014 / Jan 2015

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Medium format (120), black & white negative, roll film, 12* exposures, ISO 400.

Yashica Mat 124G (Yashinon 80mm f3.5) + Kodak T-Max 400
Film bought for ~4,95 EUR via Amazon.de (Partner-Link)
Developed by myself @ Mühlstraße e.V. Photo Lab (Leipzig, Germany).
Scanned with Epson Perfection V550.

*) exposures depend on the format you are shooting. Using 6×6 it’s 12 exposures.

Week #04 – Kodak Ektar 100

Kodak Ektar 100 (120 roll film)
Kodak Ektar 100 (120 roll film)

It’s cold. It’s getting dark. The tripod is heavy. Your gloved hands clumsily turn the focus wheel. You missed sunset, but that’s no reason to turn back. You shoot your film. The lab swallows it for days. Finally you get it back. The smell of coffee and the purring sound of the scanner are in the air. You transform trapped light into ones and zeros. You push it onto the stage. And there, in the merciless spotlight, are this weeks images.

Markkleeberg, Germany – Feb, 2015

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Medium format (120), color negative, roll film, 12* exposures, ISO 100.

Yashica Mat 124G (Yashinon 80mm f3.5) + Kodak Ektar 100
Film bought for ~5 EUR via Amazon.de (Partner-Link)
Developed @ FotoStudio 80 (Leipzig, Germany).
Scanned with Epson Perfection V550.

*) exposures depend on the format you are shooting. Using 6×6 it’s 12 exposures.

Week #03 – Kodak Portra 400

Kodak Porta 400
Kodak Portra 400 (120 roll film)

Last weeks film (shot during the NOLEGIDA counter-demonstrations) is not developed yet. But since I want to keep the “every friday” schedule here’s a film interlude from last month.
The following images are from 3 different rolls – it’s fascinating how diverse the same film, shot with the same camera, can turn out.

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Medium format (120), color negative, roll film, 12* exposures, ISO 400.

Yashica Mat 124G (Yashinon 80mm f3.5) + Kodak Portra 400
Film bought for ~5,70 EUR via Amazon.de (Partner-Link)
Developed @ FotoStudio 80 (Leipzig, Germany).
Scanned with Epson Perfection V550.

*) exposures depend on the format you are shooting. Using 6×6 it’s 12 exposures.