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New Results With Ancient Film

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Bear Rocks Preserve
Dolly Sods Wilderness, West Virginia — June 2016
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Zeiss Biogon 21/4.5 ZM
Kodak Plus-X Pan 125 + T-MAX RS (stock) 4 minutes

There’s been a recent movement within the photography community to buy and use expired film, and in some cases — very old expired film.  This is an example of that, for this film was 27-years-old when I exposed it two years ago.  Just look at it — it’s phenomenal!  I was expecting it to deliver substandard results and very thin negatives, but it acted as if it was fresh film.

Buying expired film is a great way to save money, as each roll can be had for as little as $2.00 for a box of 36-exposure film.  Of course, it helps if the film was well cared for and kept in a fridge or deep freeze all that time, but still — the results can be nothing short of amazing.

And for those doubting the expiration date, below is the box that this film came from.

Expired Kodak Plus-X

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Looking east from the Eastern Continental Divide
Bear Rocks Preserve, West Virginia — April 2017
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Voigtländer Ultron 21/1.8 ASPH II
Kodak Plus-X + T-MAX RS (stock) 5 minutes

I’m impressed with how well this 28-year-old film has held up; the results are almost as if I had used fresh film.

Shooting With Antique Media

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Foreground study
Bear Rocks Preserve, West Virginia — April 2017
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Voigtländer Ultron 21/1.8 ASPH II
Kodak Plus-X + T-MAX RS (stock) 5 minutes

In this present day of digital media, how old is your photo gear?  Do you pride yourself on only shooting with the latest and greatest?  Perhaps your kit is a few years old and showing it?  Or maybe it’s well past it’s prime of five years or so and on its last legs? Continue Reading →

Glorious Fall Morning

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Blueberry bushes at sunrise
Bear Rocks Preserve, West Virginia — October 2015
iPhone 6S + 29/2.2

This is one of those mornings… when you wake up and everything is just perfect with the world.

Crisp air, but not too cold.  A few clouds, but not enough to be overcast.  Perfect golden light, just right for popping all the reds and oranges.

A day when you just want to hug your partner close and soak in just being one with everything around you.