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Using 15-year-old 35mm film

I love digital photography. However, sometimes analogue photography opens up new (or rather old) possibilities. For example, using old media. If you put a 15-year-old SD memory card in a modern camera, you'll probably notice, that you can only store two pictures on that card. But the picture quality stays exactly the same.

Using 15-year-old film can be quite different. Some weeks ago, I found a roll of film that I think is about 15 years old and has not been stored properly (cooled and protected from light).

I put the film in my Canon A-1 analogue SLR camera and shot some pictures. Please, let me share the results with you.

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Astonishingly, there are many pictures with good colour reproduction. This picture for example is quite boring but the colours look great in my opinion. Sometimes, it can be difficult to take photos with a good reproduction of warm colours, brown in this case, with a digital camera.
Only problem is that if you have a close look at the picture you may see some greenish grain which may be a result of using this old film.

As you can see in the next pictures, some pictures turned out to be terribly green.

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Please excuse the dust on the scans. When I made them, it was a very dry weather and everything was static charged making dust stick to the negatives and scanner perfectly fine.

Keep in mind that sometimes dust on pictures may be used as a way to make analogue photographies stand out against their digital companions.

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Again, some green grain in the dark parts of the image.

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This picture, however, shows how a perfect picture, at least in terms of colour, would look like and also, more importantly, can look like. Same role of film.

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Two pictures of the same motif looking quite different even though taken just a couple of minutes apart.

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And one last picture:

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Here, the grain makes the picture much more interesting. The dust, well, less.

I hope you liked this litte look at pictures taken with a very old analogue camera film. Let me know what you think in the comment section below, which is finally working.

Till then,
lxndio