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.
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.