Fresh from the Lab: My Second 120 Roll - Orwo NC Color Negative Film Expired in the '80s


Thank you very much Aditya Indra for giving me two rolls of this psychedelicool film for free!

A few days ago, I had a lomowalk with @ekeupratama, @fadjaradiputra, @fajaryayat, and @kuryzu at the Bosscha Observatory in Lembang, Bandung, Indonesia. I used Annie, my Lubitel 166+ camera, loaded with Orwo NC color negative film which expired in the ’80s.

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I got two roll of this 120 film for free. Thanks to Aditya Indra, my online friend who I haven’t met yet, for giving me this film which produces psychedelic, colorful results.

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The film produced painting-like images; thank God the object here still appeared even though it’s covered by the dominant painting-like effect.

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What I learned from using this film was that I should not shoot the object that I want while looking at the detail. Take this photo, for instance. I wanted to snap a photo of the clock with the iconic “Alpine” logo, but it didn’t appear because this very expired film couldn’t catch the bright light cast on the small object.

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Even though many people might think that the photo looks so strange, I still really love the atmosphere that the tone and color gave. It reminded me of the work of one of my favorite German Polaroid artists, Steffanie Schneider.

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Another lesson that I learned was that maybe I should keep searching for the unique shape of a dark subject set against the bright sunlight, just like this tree.

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But I guess I was wrong when I thought that I could only shoot with this film under brightly-lit conditions. This photo of when the dark cloud covered the Institut Teknologi Bandung building and the ray of light appeared at the sky, proves it. If I shot this epic panorama with Erika, my Horizon Perfekt, maybe it would’ve been perfect. But I’m quite bored shooting rays of light with my Erika. So I shot the object with Annie. Unfortunately, the ray of light didn’t appear at the photo. But thanks again to God, the object still appeared.

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Since I love seeing rays of light, I can’t stand to not snap photos of the sky again and again. Unfortunately, it didn’t appear in my second photo.

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Because it’s my first Orwo NC roll, I considered it as the test roll. So when the weather turned dark and rainy (nowadays, the weather in Bandung is strange; it hasn’t really stopped raining since November last year), I practiced the “don’t think, just shoot” mantra to finish up my last four shots.

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So far, it’s not bad for a test roll. I will try my best with the second roll. Wish me luck!

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written by hervinsyah on 2014-06-05 in #lifestyle #color-negative #indonesia #fresh-from-the-lab #orwo-nc #expired #bosscha-observatory #requested-post


  1. clownshoes
    clownshoes ·

    Cool shots!

  2. herbert-4
    herbert-4 ·

    Very abstract... cool!!

  3. sirio174
    sirio174 ·

    very interesting colors!

  4. hervinsyah
    hervinsyah ·

    Many thanks for your appreciation, my friend @clownshoes @herbert-4 @sirio174

  5. ekeupratama
    ekeupratama ·

    yg BW blm dicuci2?
    lubitel urg blm dipake2 lg euy

  6. hervinsyah
    hervinsyah ·

    nu bw tos diserahkan ka fajar yayat keu @ekeupratama isukan hunting moal?

  7. af-capture
    af-capture ·


  8. hervinsyah
    hervinsyah ·

    very expired master @af-capture hahaha =p

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