I got some more films today: two Fujichrome Provia 400F and one Fujicolor NPS 160 (“Fuji´s Portra”, very good for portraits).
I have been hoarding films for some time now and it became almost an addiction. The bright side is that I´m buying´em really cheap (usually from professional photographers going only digital) and they don´t loose their market value. Check how much my stock grew in two years.
And all this time I´v been shooting a lot.
Fortunatelly I´m not alone in this hoarding thing. I know a bunch of people that hoard films too. Here are some of them.
Gabor (he writes an excelente blog about film cameras).
Julio Cezar Marin.
EXPIRED FILMS. I use to shoot a lot of expired films. I have some recently expired (like 5 years) and some far long expired, like these Kodak Tri-X, expired in 1992 (see below).
And here are some other guys willing to try a-long-ago expired films.
From Renato Mariano, Kodak Olimpic Sponsor? It was in 1988!
Gabor again (from Hungary), Fortepan expired in 1987.
Sergio Buss and lot of Kodak Ektachrome expired in 1981.
Andre Carvalho have a Konika film expired in 2002.
When the film is kept frozen its aging process stops and you can shoot it like a new one. But if not kept frozen, then you have to compensate 1 f-stop to each 10 years out of the fridge.
For example, my Tri-X expired in 1992 were not frozen untill I got them in 2010. Eighteen years out of the fridge, so I have to compensate 2 f-stops (I shoot them as ISO 100 instead of ISO 400).
This is a general rule to use when you have no idea how to shoot old films. But there are many other parameters you can deal with to achieve good results (different chemicals, bath times, etc).
Color negatives and chrome films are more sensitive to aging process than B&W. They are prone to fog and color casting and how you are going to shoot it depends on if you are going to scan or print with traditional process (enlarger).
A few years ago I experimented some shots with pinhole photography. I made a “pinhole lens” which consisted in two black anodized flanges that could be unscrewed to hold a piece of aluminium foil between them. Then I used a needle to pinch a hole in the foil.
I made it M42 and used an adapter to dock it to the camera.
I got some curious results but I loose interest shortly after.
Pinhole is fun.
Yesterday I met Rogerio Suenaga. He got a bag full of empty film canisters because he volunteers on poor comunities teaching kids how to make pinhole cameras out of this canisters.
He get some pretty amazing pictures out of these pinhole cameras.
Today I went to pick up a newly developed film. I love thumbs through the photos and recall the moment they were taken. I also bought a 5 pack of Kodak Pro Image.
I´v been buying more than I´v been shooting so my fridge drawer is full.
But recently I bought a new fridge with lots of space for films.
What a great actor! Great loss. Very sad…
Here Robin Williams holds what I think is a Nikon FM with motor drive (he appears at 10:45 at this youtube video).
And here he inspects a strip of 35mm film.
Déjà vu!! Looks the same from a few time ago, but it´s a new one. Bought one more bulk of Kodak Tri-X.
Never miss and opportunity to buy cheap films. Here are both cans.