Not Pink




200 ISO

Contrary to appearances, this building is not pink. It is orange. I had to think long and hard to remember what colour it really was after I saw these images as I knew it was not pink.

These were taken with a roll of Kodak Gold 400 – a thrift store find of a bag of film for about 25 cents, or maybe 50 cents a roll. All the Kodak film in that bag told lies, though this one really takes the cake for decorative invention. The negatives are very thin, and the histogram on the scanner is a super narrow spike in the middle of the possible range. Hard to scan!

I should have learned and changed the ISO setting to accommodate its old age and an apparently abusive former relationship. Indeed for this scene I did test it by shooting first at box speed of 400 (next image), then 200 (the version above) and finally at 800 (second one below). Kind of useless thing to do for my last roll of this bag of film. You can see how much sensitivity has been lost by the extreme difference between the three different exposures.

If you have ever shot this film in new condition at 800 ISO, you will have found it does pretty well with 1 stop under exposure – it might not be completely happy, but it is not dysfunctional like the example below. It just goes to show that an uncertain upbringing can lead to a miserable dotage.

Even so, there were a few images that worked, ones that should have been underexposed in the first place. One of them is below, and others of the ones that worked out will appear in my blog at some point. The rest are examples of what the roll of film came out like.



400 ISO


800 ISO


Click on any image below to launch larger versions in the gallery view, navigate with the arrows in the gallery.


Roll 14: Olympus XA2, expired and mistreated? Kodak Gold 400, Shot mostly at ISO 400, commercially developed, scanned at home.

4 thoughts on “Not Pink

  1. Reblogged this on burnt embers and commented:

    This is Roll 14 from my 2016 52Rolls project. It was shot on expired thrift store film that is very far past its best. Some juicy colour shifts and lots of grain. It is interesting how different the results are from one expired roll to the next. This one was quite a surprise. Check out the original post as there are several images there. More will appear at Burnt Embers in the next few weeks.


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