Week 9: Portland by Pinhole on Expired Efke 100

This week’s images were shot on some expired film (July 2010, so relatively fresh compared to most of the film in my refrigerator) from a company called Fotokemika based in Croatia.

My early success with my first pinhole images gave me an inflated sense of confidence — a confidence my friends who shoot pinhole assured me would soon dissipate (apparently pinhole photography has a way of keeping you humble).

I made eight exposures with this film, using the same calculations for time as I did with my non-expired 400-speed film.

A friend advised to ask the lab to develop a single sheet at first, then push a stop or two (using their best judgement) for the rest.

The awesome folks at Portland’s Citizen’s Photo did just that; exposed a first sheet, and saw it needed help, then a second, pushed for a stop. Using their experience and good judgement, they pushed the third sheet and felt things looked about right.

Expired Efke 100 leasson: Push this film two stops next time.

Still unknown: How much time do I need to add when exposing this film to account for reciprocity failure when shooting long exposure indoors? Time and experience will tell.

I am pretty happy with the outdoor shots; I’ve got another 50-60 sheets of this stuff, so I’ll be shooting it some more.

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Costco, Beaverton, Oregon

Costco, Beaverton, Oregon

This image had some issues; I clearly underexposed it, and it may also have been affected by the development experiments. There was a swath of bright across the top left (which I corrected a bit in post after scanning the negative),

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Fox Tower, 25th Floor, Portland

Fox Tower, 25th Floor, Portland

A shot out the window from my firm’s office in Portland, Oregon. I need to shoot some more to better predict what the composition will be … I would have liked some more of the clock tower in this image. Of course, shooting through glass also meant some reflections — before my post-processing, my GorillaPod tripod was clearly visible in the image.

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New (Still Unnamed Bridge), Portland

New (Still Unnamed Bridge), Portland

New (Still Unnamed Bridge), Portland

New (Still Unnamed Bridge), Portland

Two shots of a new bridge in Portland spanning the Willamette River; showing the trial-and-error associated with composing a lensless camera with no viewfinder. I very much like the first image, but also find the tones in the second extremely pleasing … well enough to share in any case. No automobiles will be allowed on the new bridge.

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Sellwood Bridge, Portland, Being Rebuilt

Sellwood Bridge, Portland, Being Rebuilt

Another bridge on Portland’s section of the Willamette River. The Sellwood was in terrible shape a year ago and needed to be rebuilt for safety. Engineers moved it between 33 and 66 feet north over the course of a weekend.

8 thoughts on “Week 9: Portland by Pinhole on Expired Efke 100

    • I thought I’d read it was discontinued. Someone once told me it’s special because it uses an old-style formula for the emulsion?

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    • Thanks. One of these posts sometime I should show raw scans alongside the final product. Each of these 4x5s has a MINIMUM 30 minutes (some as much as 60 minutes) of post processing. Most of that time is spent removing dust and spots from the negative …

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  1. I really like the first unnamed bridge shot over the 2nd. The spacing or density of the light and dark values in the foliage and the construction and bridge components pull the whole shot together. Perhaps the sun came out for that shot, but the water being so well lit makes everything so crisp.The strong contrast in the linear elements of the bridge really take advantage of the way black and white film renders texture. I can see that the 2nd is less busy because the foreground and background are dark and fades away. It does create more of a focal point for the angular bridge construct, but the 1st offers so much more information and holds my interest longer as I search through all the details.

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    • Thanks for the thoughtful comment; to a some extent, the contrast/brightness were decisions I made during post-processing; there’s a “metallic” effect I really like in the first of the shots … must be from the number of areas of bright reflection in it. But as you note, the darker foreground in the second image emphasizes the bridge more specifically.

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  2. Cool pinhole results! The one from Costco is just great. I always admire people who do indoor pinhole shots at public places, because I’m too shy to do so myself.

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