Using Expired Film

As a photographer, I know that using expired film has inherent risks. However, over the years, I have used expired film and I have never been disappointed-until now!

The film I used for this project was about 20 years old. It was Kodak Black and White 35mm print film, ISO 400. It was designed to be processed in C41 chemicals. 

A card, attached to the box containing the film, has the following printed on it:

Make Time Stand Still in Black & White

  • Extremely fine grain and outstanding sharpness make this film ideal for enlargements.
  • Processed at any photofinisher with standard color processing.

Do not process in black and white chemicals.

My first impression of the film is simply it is an extremely grainy film; certainly, there is more grain than the Kodak Tri-X 400 film I have been using recently. Or, has it become more grainy with age?

Failure (shown for an example only) -the first photo on the roll.

There were a few failures like the above photo. I am thinking that the age of the film has played a large part in these failures.

A side view of the Camperdown Post Office, Camperdown, Victoria, Australia

Like many towns in regional areas of Australia, there are many heritage or historic buildings, many built in the 19th century or early 20th century. Post offices played an important role for the people of these areas, often isolated from the rest of the world.

The Old Shire Hall, Camperdown, Victoria, Australia

The Hampden Shire Hall, designed by leading Melbourne architects Smith and Johnson, was built in 1886. The architects designed the building in a Lombardic Romanesque style. It was constructed by local contractors McAllister and Stansmore.

I must admit the old Hampden Shire Hall is my favourite building in Camperdown.

Old Court House, Camperdown, Victoria, Australia

The Old Court House was erected in 1886-87 by W. A. Moore, contractor. It replaced an earlier wooden structure of 1859. It was designed by architect G. B. H. Austin of the Public Works Department, who designed it in a medieval Gothic Revival style.

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Streets of Footscray

I recently did a photo shoot in the streets of Footscray, a western suburb of Melbourne. It is a fantastic place for this type of photography.

My camera of choice for this shoot was a Nikon EM SLR film camera and I had loaded with Kodak Professional Tri-X 400 black and white film.

Railway Station

Footscray Railway Station

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1904 – Historic facade

Mural

Street Art

Mural

Street Art

Mural

Street Art

 

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Antiques

The following photographs were shot using film (Kodak Professional Tri-X 400 black and white negative film). I believe that by using black and white film it compliments my love of taking pictures of old buildings. Many of these old buildings were built in the 19th century or early 20th century, and seem to have more character than many modern buildings.

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Fingal, Tasmania

After departing Avoca, we continued along the Esk Highway to another little town named Fingal.

It is believed that Fingal was named by Roderic O’Connor who, with John Helder Wedge, surveyed the area in 1824, after Fingal’s Cave in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland.

 

Fingal Post Office

Fingal Post Office – 1907

We stopped outside the Post Office and my first impression was our well kept it was – complete with a picket fence. White paint has a way of making things look fresh and this was no exception.

 

St Peters Anglican Church

St Peter’s Anglican – 1867

Dedicated in 1867, St Peter’s Anglican Church is the town’s oldest church.

The Old Fingal Hotel

The Old Hotel – 1844

The Fingal Hotel was originally licensed as the Talbot Arms in 1828. A two-story hotel was built in 1844.

The Old Town Hall

The Old Town Hall

The Old Town Hall

The Old Town Hall

The two photographs above are believed to be of the Old Town Hall, built in the early 1900s. It is privately owned and has been placed on the market.

Our visit to Fingal was very brief. But I am hoping to return to this part of Tasmania for a longer stay. If I do, I will certainly explore this quaint little town further.

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Dee Cottage

The following photographs are of Dee Cottage, built in 1880, in the industrial suburb of Melbourne called Yarraville. It is considered of historical and architectural significance.

Dee Cottage

On their website, the Heritage Council Victoria, state:

Statement of Significance

Dee cottage is of historical and architectural significance to the City of Maribyrnong as a relatively intact early residence, used as a company house by the nearby Cuming Smith & Co. works and built in association with major industrial development and closely related historically to the local industries which gave it its purpose. (Criteria B2 & D2) Distinctive architectural form of the period also relatively intact and well preserved. (Criterion F1) The site has significant historical associations as a former residence of James Cuming, founder and principal of Cuming Smith fertiliser works and one of Footscray’s most prominent citizens. (Criterion H1)

Australian Heritage Commission (AHC) criteria

The Australian Heritage Commission criteria consist of a set of eight criteria which cover social, aesthetic, scientific, and historic values. Each criterion has sub-criteria written specifically for cultural or natural values. The relevant criteria are:

B.2 rarity

D.2 good example of type

H.1 association with important person or group

F.1 design or technological achievement

Here is the link: http://vhd.heritagecouncil.vic.gov.au/places/28788

Dee Cottage

Dee Cottage

These photos were shot with my Nikon EM film camera using Kodak colour film.

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Harbour Board Building

The Harbour Board Building is a Heritage Listed building in Quay Street, Rockhampton. Also known as the Fitzroy Shire Council Chambers, it was built in 1898 by Renshaw and Ricketts.

Quay Street, Rockhampton, is well known for its Heritage Buildings.

 

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The Heritage listed Harbour Board Building 

 

The above photo was taken using my iPhone.

 

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Shooting with Film.

As I begin this post, 2018 looms large. A new year demands new and fresh ideas, but my new idea is actually an old one. I’m about to re-start using film.

It’s not a spur of the moment decision as I have been thinking of doing this for some time now. I found my old film camera, a Nikon EM, and the three rolls of Kodacolor (ISO 200), and two rolls of Kodak black and white (C41 processing) film I knew were put away in a cupboard when I turned to digital photography. That was back in 2006. The film has expired, but having been stored in a dark cool place, I’m sure it will be alright.

I remember some years ago, I was in a supermarket, and as I went through the check-out, on the counter, there was a small basket full of expired (just) Kodachrome film at a price too good to pass up. I bought the lot!

A couple of weeks later I was on holiday with my family. I shot every frame of those rolls of expired film, and there were no failures.

What do I expect to achieve by shooting film? Buying film, then having it processed, has never been cheap. And I think that is the way of it now. With digital, it is so easy to keep pushing the shutter, returning home with a dozen or more frames of the same subject, and selecting the best one. As I said, film is too expensive to do that!

I hope, by shooting film, it will make think more about the shot I am about to take and more about what I will achieve once I have pushed the shutter button.

Also, I must confess, I like the look and the colours of film once it has been printed.

I intend using Kodak film whenever I can. I have a loyalty to Kodak that goes back many years – my first full-time job was at Kodak.

My last major photo shoot using film was in 2005. That year my wife and I went overseas to Europe. We flew from Australia to London via Dubai, to London, then on to Dublin. In Dublin, we hired a car then drove around the north of Ireland to Galway. From there we drove across Ireland to Wexford, then catching the ferry to Fishguard in Wales.

We drove across Wales into England and spent a few days in London. From London, we caught the train to Paris where we spent a few pleasant days before returning to Australia.

Photo 1: Old City Gates, Drogheda, Ireland 

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Photo 2: Lough Neagh, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland

Lough Neagh

Photo 3: Mute Swan, Lough Neagh, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland

Mute Swan

Photo 4: Mute Swans, Lough Neagh, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland

Mute Swan

All of the above photos were shot using my Nikon EM camera loaded with Kodacolor film.

I would be interested to hear your thoughts about shooting with film. Do you (or have you ever) use film? What is your favourite brand of film?

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