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Shinjuku Park in full bloom: A perfect time to use expired films and travel to the past!

I went to Shinjuku Park in order to celebrate spring and enjoy the Japanese tradition of "hanami," which means the "contemplation of cherry blossoms." I tried to capture the beauty of cherry trees with my Lubitel 166B loaded with an expired roll of Agfa Portrait 160 film. I obtained a sepia effect on my photos, and I felt as if I just traveled through old Japan.

The cherry blossoms in Japan are always beautiful! I had the chance to visit and photograph very nice places during spring such as Kyoto and Miyajima, but I realized that I only had digital pictures of such gorgeous scenery. That’s why this year, I looked for something different: I decided to use my analogue camera loaded with an expired film. This may be a habit for lomographers, but it was the very first time for me!

When I bought five rolls of expired Agfa Portrait 160, I was told that I would obtain a sepia effect on my photos. However, it is impossible to predict the results, so it took me a long time to decide whether to try it or not. And now I am so glad I made the right choice!

With two cameras in my bag I entered Shinjuku Park, but after a few minutes, I almost gave up on taking pictures because I thought I arrived just after the right time to see the sakura. Fortunately, Japan has many species of trees, and some of them were at their best in this park!

I obtained warm colors and dreamy effect in my photos but mainly, I felt like I traveled through old Japan with these pictures. Actually, a friend of mine told me that they look like they were taken during the Showa period (1926-1989). That’s pretty obvious after making a comparison with the other pictures I took the same day with my Canon EOS 300 loaded with a color reversal film. It was E6-processed so I obtained real colors that brought me back to the present.

I don’t know when and where I will be using my remaining expired films, but I’m already looking forward to seeing the results!

written by umeshu

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