Over the last couple of years, a couple of friends have given me a few rolls of 35mm film, all of them long past their expiration date.  Inspired by Chip Litherland’s shooting of expired film at the Daytona 500 and Kentucky Derby, I brought a film camera and four rolls of this expired color film to the Region 2A Track and Field meet last week at East Rockingham High School.  (All of these photos were shot with a Canon Elan 7e and 35mm lens.  The Elan uses the same lenses as my digital camera, so that made life a little easier.)  If you’ve ever been to East Rock, you know it’s in a beautiful location, surrounded by mountains.

The thing about shooting expired film is that you don’t really know whether you’re going to get anything until you get the film back from the lab.  A lot depends on how/where the film was stored.  We know that this film was at least 20 years old.  As film goes past its expiration date,  it can lose some of its sensitivity to light, so there’s a “general rule” to overexpose the film one stop for every 10 years past its expiration date.  At the time, I wasn’t quite sure of the age of the film, so I overexposed between one and two stops, and that seemed to work pretty well for most of the photos.  The color can get a little wacky with expired film, but that’s what make it fun.  And, if you’ve read this far, and happen to have some old film laying around in a drawer somewhere, I’d be glad to take it off your hands 😉

May 31, 2016. Expired 35mm Film. Millers Lab. Region 2A East Track and Field Meet.
Expired 35mm Film. Millers Lab. Region 2A East Track and Field Meet.
May 31, 2016. Expired 35mm Film. Millers Lab. Region 2A East Track and Field Meet.
Expired 35mm Film. Millers Lab. Region 2A East Track and Field Meet.
May 31, 2016. Expired 35mm Film. Millers Lab. Region 2A East Track and Field Meet.
Expired 35mm Film. Millers Lab. Region 2A East Track and Field Meet.
May 31, 2016. Expired 35mm Film. Millers Lab. Region 2A East Track and Field Meet.
Expired 35mm Film. Millers Lab. Region 2A East Track and Field Meet.
May 31, 2016. Expired 35mm Film. Millers Lab. Region 2A East Track and Field Meet.
Expired 35mm Film. Millers Lab. Region 2A East Track and Field Meet.
May 31, 2016. Expired 35mm Film. Millers Lab. Region 2A East Track and Field Meet.
Expired 35mm Film. Millers Lab. Region 2A East Track and Field Meet.
May 31, 2016. Expired 35mm Film. Millers Lab. Region 2A East Track and Field Meet.
Expired 35mm Film. Millers Lab. Region 2A East Track and Field Meet.
May 31, 2016. Expired 35mm Film. Millers Lab. Region 2A East Track and Field Meet.
Expired 35mm Film. Millers Lab. Region 2A East Track and Field Meet.
May 31, 2016. Expired 35mm Film. Millers Lab. Region 2A East Track and Field Meet.
Expired 35mm Film. Millers Lab. Region 2A East Track and Field Meet.
May 31, 2016. Expired 35mm Film. Millers Lab. Region 2A East Track and Field Meet.
Expired 35mm Film. Millers Lab. Region 2A East Track and Field Meet.
May 31, 2016. Expired 35mm Film. Millers Lab. Region 2A East Track and Field Meet.
Expired 35mm Film. Millers Lab. Region 2A East Track and Field Meet.
May 31, 2016. Expired 35mm Film. Millers Lab. Region 2A East Track and Field Meet.
Expired 35mm Film. Millers Lab. Region 2A East Track and Field Meet.
May 31, 2016. Expired 35mm Film. Millers Lab. Region 2A East Track and Field Meet.
Expired 35mm Film. Millers Lab. Region 2A East Track and Field Meet.
May 31, 2016. Expired 35mm Film. Millers Lab. Region 2A East Track and Field Meet.
Expired 35mm Film. Millers Lab. Region 2A East Track and Field Meet.
May 31, 2016. Expired 35mm Film. Millers Lab. Region 2A East Track and Field Meet.
Expired 35mm Film. Millers Lab. Region 2A East Track and Field Meet.
May 31, 2016. Expired 35mm Film. Millers Lab. Region 2A East Track and Field Meet.
Expired 35mm Film. Millers Lab. Region 2A East Track and Field Meet.
May 31, 2016. Expired 35mm Film. Millers Lab. Region 2A East Track and Field Meet.
Expired 35mm Film. Millers Lab. Region 2A East Track and Field Meet.
May 31, 2016. Expired 35mm Film. Millers Lab. Region 2A East Track and Field Meet.
Expired 35mm Film. Millers Lab. Region 2A East Track and Field Meet.
May 31, 2016. Expired 35mm Film. Millers Lab. Region 2A East Track and Field Meet.
Expired 35mm Film. Millers Lab. Region 2A East Track and Field Meet.

These from a short trip to Williamsburg in early November.  Fall color was still hanging on nicely.  All film images here, all Portra 400, processed and scanned by Millers Lab.  You can click on any of the images below to see more, or buy a print.

November 3, 2015 Williamsburg Fall Color. Film. Portra 400. Developed by Millers Lab.
November 3, 2015 Williamsburg Fall Color. Film. Portra 400. Developed by Millers Lab.
November 3, 2015 Williamsburg Fall Color. Film. Portra 400. Developed by Millers Lab.
November 3, 2015 Williamsburg Fall Color. Film. Portra 400. Developed by Millers Lab.
November 4, 2015 Williamsburg Fall Color. Film. Portra 400. Developed by Millers Lab.
November 4, 2015 Williamsburg Fall Color. Film. Portra 400. Developed by Millers Lab.
November 4, 2015 Williamsburg Fall Color. Film. Portra 400. Developed by Millers Lab.
November 4, 2015 Williamsburg Fall Color. Film. Portra 400. Developed by Millers Lab.
November 4, 2015 Williamsburg Fall Color. Film. Portra 400. Developed by Millers Lab.
November 4, 2015 Williamsburg Fall Color. Film. Portra 400. Developed by Millers Lab.
November 4, 2015 Williamsburg Fall Color. Film. Portra 400. Developed by Millers Lab.
November 4, 2015 Williamsburg Fall Color. Film. Portra 400. Developed by Millers Lab.

If you follow on Instagram, you’ll know I’ve been shooting a bit of film, mostly black and white, at portrait sessions for a while now, but I’ve never done a session completely on film, particularly black and white.  Film has such a different “look” than digital, and I get a little bored with the look of digital from time to time.  I really like the look and feel of these.  And I thank the Brockmans for putting up with me for a half hour or so last week so I can work out some of my crazy ideas.

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For anyone interested, these were shot with a medium format Hasselblad on Tri-X 120 film, developed in HC-110b, and scanned on an Epson V600.  I do all the processing and scanning of black and white film at home, color film I have to send off to a lab.

If you’ve made it this far, and are interested in black and white film only session, click here and fill out this form to get in touch.  I’ll only have time to do a few before I get busy with high school seniors this fall, but we’ll see what we can work out.  And, I’m up for anything, family, couples, individuals, high school seniors, whatever.

File these under “Foggy Morning Senior Pictures”.  The little bit of fog in the background was perfect for pictures.  It was definitely worth getting up early for.  These first two are digital, the rest are film.

August 22, 2014.

August 22, 2014.

If all of my film photos turned out as good as the ones below, I’d give up digital for portraits.  I still don’t trust myself enough with film, but I couldn’t be happier with the way these look.  And, Caitlin had A LOT more to do with that than the film did.  She was just perfect.

August 22, 2014.

August 22, 2014.

August 22, 2014.

I’ve been shooting at least one roll of black and white film at my recent senior sessions.  I develop and scan the black and white film myself, so there’s a quick turn around time.  The photo below is color, Ektar 100.  I have to send that off to be developed and scanned, which takes at least a week, I rarely have patience for that! 🙂  But, I do love the tones of color film.  I guess I just need to work on the patience thing….

Taylor and her mom came by a few weeks ago.  Taylor is the reigning Little Miss Lynchburg 2014, and needed an updated headshot for the Miss Virginia program.  We did some photos indoors in my little “studio”, and also went outdoors for some.  It was one of the RARE warm days this winter!

March 11, 2014.  
Taylor Clark Portraits

March 11, 2014.  
Taylor Clark Portraits

March 11, 2014.  
Taylor Clark Portraits

These last two are black and white film.  We’d finished the session and I asked if she’d mind doing a few more just so I could shoot a little bit of film.  All of her pictures were just fantastic.  She just doesn’t take a bad photo.  But this first one below just blows me away.  It’s one of my favorite photos of all time.

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