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Fuji Fujichrome 1600D (35mm, 1600 iso)

Built for pushing, this film is long expired!

Everybody knows the faster the film, the more quickly it deteriorates. So when I loaded this 1600 iso slide film expired in September 1995 into my FED 50, I didn’t have high hopes. But I decided there was no way I’d give in without a fight.

So I took my precautions.

1. Bracketing. I shot everything at 100, 200 and 400 iso.

2. Developing in e6. To not jinx anything.

3. Asking the lab to develop at 400 iso.

I was completely blown away when I pulled the positives out in the train on my way home, and saw that there were pictures! I really hadn’t expected to see anything.

Cool watercolour effect.

The film is clearly marked by time, but in many of the images the age turns into a lovely effect, reminiscent of a wash of blue watercolour on coarse paper. I really like the tone of this film.

Just for fun, I tried scanning the positives again, this time with the automatic colour correction on. I thought the results were kind of cool, so I kept them. I particularly like the chalky yellow colour.

It’s also fun to see how sometimes the colour correction brings out details which were easily missed in the original.

written by eggzakly


  1. nicolas_noir


    I think I prefer the non-colour corrected versions. Lovely tones and colour shift.

    I've got some similary expired kodak p800/p1600 that I've pondered what to do with. Got two rolls so might xpro one and e6 the other - what would happen if you rated the film at 1600 but asked it to be pulled to 100, etc...

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  2. paramir


    I love the watercolor effect. the blue series is very cool indeed. great stuff @eggzakly!

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  3. eggzakly


    @nicolas_noir: don't do that - it would come out waaay underexposed!

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