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

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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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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


  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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