I make no secret I like shooting weird, non conventional films.

Kodak Vericolor Slide Film is exactly one of those films. It was never meant to be shot how I shot it and that’s the challenge.

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Originally designed to make slides from negatives its a C41 processed slide film, so it is unique in that regard alone.

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The single roll I had was expired in 1997 and I decided to double expose most of the shots just to amp up the “funkyness” of it.

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Why do I shoot these films? Mainly because not many people are. The rarity and specific uses of them, precludes a lot of people from shooting them in this way, but I like to push things in ways they weren’t really designed for.

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Thanks to my model @caitylacuna

If you have an odd or rare film you’d like to me to shoot, get in touch. I’m happy to give it a whirl…

This blog is slowly turning into a review of strange and unique films thinly disguised as photoshoots.

It wasn’t really my intention, but since these films will never be reproduced i’m happy to show my results for those interested.  I’ll try to incorporate the rolls into a photoshoot somewhere.

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Usually I get several rolls of a film, but the Ektachrome Panther P1600x was different. I was given a single roll and since it was E-6 slide film, I really had no intention of ever shooting it. I had never seen it for sale before and people I spoke to about it generally had never used it.

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As far as I know it was never refrigerated and expired in the late 90’s. At one stage this film spent several months on the floor of my car. Far from ideal film conditions.

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Then I found a lab that did E-6 at decent prices with a great reputation so I thought I’ll have a whirl with it.

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I shot it at 400 ISO, and Rewind Photo Lab in Sydney did a great job with it. I honestly expected it to not even have anywhere near the consistency it did.

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I really love the “filmy”look it has and have actually made some enquiries to try and source some more.

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Thanks to @smartcookiecookie for modelling for me and @rewindphotolab for resurrecting the Panther!

This blog is definitely more for the film lovers among us. Those that love weird and unique film.

Stuff that’s been dug out of freezers and deceased estates. Long expired and forgotten by most. A mystery box that may leave us ultimately with nothing but photographic regret.

This is the gamble. The thrill of the chase.

Kodak Rapid Process Copy film is exactly the type of weird and experimental film I love.

Its a rare positive transparency black and white film that was designed for use in copying X rays and the like. It was never intended to be shot like I shot it, but that’s why I love it.

Challenging and almost impossible to exposure 100% accurately, its ISO of 0.06 is insane.

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I found a forum online from 2002 that discussed this film, and even those members had never shot it.

As almost no cameras meter to 0.06 the following formula was proffered;

“Set the ISO for this film at 25, Open up to a pretty wide aperture, then times the shutter speed by 2000!”

WHAT THE FUCK!

“Ie 1/125 at f/4 becomes 16 seconds at f/4”

On top of this, the film was a slide film and expired in 2001. Easy.

The first roll I played with exposures using the “formula” and found I was overexposing a lot.

Ultimately I settled on shooting it at about f/11 and varying the exposure times as the best way to accurately get close to the correct exposure. I also found this the best way to sit there not having to use a factor calculator to work out how long the shutter needed to be open.

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In no way am I holding these up to be great images or anything, but it definitely is a ‘creative’ film in the long exposures it allows with relatively wide apertures.

These images are mostly shot at f/11 for between 15 and 30 seconds.( The hallway one is at wider aperture…I think 5.6 but can’t recall exactly). Colour corrected in PS.

You can see  there is some blown highlights so obviously my guessing isn’t an exact science when it comes to exposing this film.

Would I use this film again? Yes definitely. It really does have some great creative applications….when I nail down guessing the exposure 🙂

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35mm Films; 

Agfa APX 400 ( My favourite bw film)

Agfa Vista 400

Kodak Tri X

Cameras;

Canon EOS 30/30V

Fuji Klasse S

  • I dropped the Klasse S out of my shorts while I was shooting and it popped the film door slightly in the case. Hence the fancy light leaks.

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Caitlin has previously shot with me, but this shoot was entirely on 35mm film.

This shoot is more like 3 different shoots in one, but we only had access to the location for the day so we made hay….

For the analog minded the 35mm films were a combination of Agfa APX 400, Kodak Portra 800, Agfa Vista 200 and Cinestill 800.

You can see more of Caitlin at @gypsycait

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