Monthly Archives: January 2010

Forgotten Film Roll

How many times has this happened to you?

You get a new camera you can’t WAIT to use, quickly run a roll of film through it and just as quickly get it developed. It’s now scanned on the computer and ready for editing and then

it’s sits there and waits

and waits

and waits

for you

to edit

it.

I recently found a monumentally cool roll of film whose fate was just that until the other day. This summer I got a well-loved Imperial Satellite II camera. It’s a 127 format camera similar in size and shape to the Brownie Bullet. The recently unearthed roll featured scenes from my favorite surfing beach this past summer. I am totally in LOVE with the results from this camera but they might be an acquired taste for some. I purposely didn’t clean the lens or insides of the camera so that I could keep that dirty retro-look. The film advance looked as though it may have slipped up with every other turn of the knob because there are a couple unintentional doubles on the roll that turned out really well. The overlapping lines and soft focus really makes me think of old movie stills. I love it and hope you do too.

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Pink Velvia without Crossprocessing?

Yes, it is possible to get some of that crazy pinkish tinge to your Fuji Velvia shots WITHOUT crossprocessing. Let me explain.

As Fuji Velvia is my favorite color slide film I picked it to use when experimenting with my pinhole Diana F+. I chose to take some pinhole shots on a wickedly bright day at the beach and was pleasantly surprised at the face-of-Jupiter-like results. Long exposures on this 50 iso roll gave my pictures a warm, pinkish glow that I’ve only seen replicated by cross-processing.

I first noticed this phenomenon while taking pinhole Diana shots at the bowling alley. Those exposures were for around 15 minutes in low light so the ‘Velvia Effect’ isn’t as dramatic in those shots as it is in the beach shots, but it’s still evident. Pretty cool, huh?


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