Cleaning out the attic, I came across a bunch of old films that had been gathering dust for years. Trying an expired roll of Porst Chrome X 100 gave me some nice surprises.
A few months ago I went on a short holiday to the Alps. As always, I hadn’t thought about what film to take, so at the last minute I grabbed the first roll of film I came across. It turned out to be an expired slide film I had recently found in my attic. I couldn’t really make out the expiry date, but since it had been lost in my attic since at least 2007 (when I moved into my present house), it sure wasn’t fresh any more. I had my doubts whether it would be any good, but decided, what the hell, I’ll just try it. I was not disappointed.
The pictures from this roll fall into roughly three categories. First, there are the sepia tinted ones. Mostly sand colored, with some greens thrown in, these pictures look decidedly vintage. The mountain shots especially looked well in sepia. Of course, the light leaks in my camera helped make them look even more old school.
Then there are the crazy yellow shots. The happy yellow cows and mountains look very cheerful to me. It’s like I shot these pictures with a yellow filter in front of the lens, except that I didn’t.
I’m not sure what happened here. Did I underexpose? Overexpose? I really can’t say. Look at the next two pictures, shot a few seconds apart and yet one is bright yellow, and the other sepia.
Finally, the are a few more traditional cross processed looking pictures, with high contrast and (slightly) brighter colors.
All in all, it’s like having two or three different films in one roll. So if you find an old roll of film and aren’t sure whether to risk it: take a change and go ahead! You might be pleasantly surprised.