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    Still Life Images, 2013

    Happy 2013 everyone!

    I've been playing around with some 5x7 film that expired in 1944. It is severely fogged with all sorts of other artifacts (streaks, blotches, specks), and the processed negative looks almost opaque to the naked eye. Scanning it was tricky; I'm not sure it would be printable by conventional means. Still, I'm amazed to see any image at all from 70 year old film. Tray developed in HC-110 dilution H for 9 minutes at 66F.

    Century 10A 8x10 with 5x7 back, Kodak unnamed 259mm process lens, 5x7 Gevaert Ultra Panchro film (expired 1944), rated at ISO 12.







    For those who are curious, here is the film box:




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    Re: Still Life Images, 2013

    Nice work! Where did you find the film?

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    Thanks. I found the film--where else?--on Eb@y. Often people have high starting bids for film this old thinking, I guess, that it gains in value as it ages, but sometimes some cheap boxes slip through. I was able to get usable images from 120 roll film that expired in the 1960s a couple of years ago, and so I was curious to see what I'd get if I went even older. Now I know.

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    Re: Still Life Images, 2013

    "will be gladly replaced, if found to be defective in manufacture"...
    so you had no risk
    :-)
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    Re: Still Life Images, 2013

    Beautiful image Jonathan..

    Are these glass plates?

    I have 5 boxes of different ancient glass plates in 18x24cm size...
    Have been wondering whether totry it out or to donate them to a museum....

    Time will tell
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    Re: Still Life Images, 2013

    Quote Originally Posted by hendrik faure View Post
    "will be gladly replaced, if found to be defective in manufacture"... so you had no risk.
    None at all!


    Quote Originally Posted by gandolfi View Post
    Are these glass plates?
    The Gevaert Ultra Panchro is sheet film, but I also have two unopened boxes of very old glass plates. Unfortunately, I have no plate holders to load them in. Some people seem to think you should keep old film and/or plates in the original packaging as collector's items, but I love shooting very old emulsions. I have yet to find an unopened box of sheet film that is so old as to be unusable.

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    Re: Still Life Images, 2013

    Here are my first still lifes, not just of 2013, but ever. I generally fancy myself a landscape photographer, and I definitiely enjoyed shooting at 75 Fahrenheit, no wind, and quite a bit of control over the light and composition!

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    Re: Still Life Images, 2013

    There is something about the vintage fonts and design of the box that says "shoot me and prepare for greatness". And sure enough... it's giving you stunning results! Lucky, lucky you!

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    Re: Still Life Images, 2013

    Quote Originally Posted by hendrik faure View Post
    "will be gladly replaced, if found to be defective in manufacture"...
    so you had no risk
    :-)
    hendrik
    Although I have lived here in Williamstown for nine years, I had no idea that film was made here. I will try to get some information, but my suspicion is that the company existed on what is now a Superfund site on the edge of the Hoosic River.
    Dave

    PS I found that Gevaert film was manufactured here for short time during and shortly after the war. The factory was in a converted textile mill, which is now referred to as the Photech site, from the last owners, who fled and dumped the property on the town for unpaid taxes. The factory was demolished and the contamination far more extensive than foreseen, so it remains a ten acre brownfield owned by the town.

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    Re: Still Life Images, 2013

    Fascinating work Jonathan - you are indeed getting a look akin to an alt-process. The cool thing here is you are using your digital tools to make something all together new, and different - truly a merger of technologies if there ever was one, what with the negative likely unusable for silver prints.
    Bryan
    My blog about shooting film in south GA:
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