21 Year-Old B&W Seattle Filmworks Film on a Canon A-1

21 Year-Old 35mm B&W Film shot on a Canon A-1

Back in 2019, I must have been feeling rather ambitious about shooting film because I placed a few orders for some film that did nothing but sit around here at home.  One of the rolls was some Seattle Filmworks expired black & white film and I can’t even find a record of where I bought it from.  Despite being old and broken with a failing memory, I do recall that one of the appeals of buying this film was how old it was (It expired in 2001).

Having rekindled my desire to shoot more film compared to digital, I thought it was time to drop this roll into the Canon A-1 and see what I could get. All of the images on this roll were shot on the A-1 with Canon FD 50mm f/1.4.

Shooting

I have had times when I leave film loaded in a camera for too long.  I keep waiting for some magical moment or location to hit me before shooting the roll.  This time around, I thought I would just go with it, and shoot whatever I could.  Some of these were taken at our local library, however, the bulk was shot at a car wash that was abandoned and scheduled for demolition. A car wash doesn’t seem like that interesting of a place to shoot and it is certainly nowhere I would intentionally drive any great length of time to get to solely for the purpose of taking photos. But hey, I had some time to kill.

As I am typing this, the entire site has now been leveled, so I am glad I went over there to shoot what I could when I did.

Notice of Intent to Demolish

Demolished Car Wash

Developing

This time around, I wanted to try a different company to develop the film.  Having followed Reformed Film Lab for some time now on Instagram, I opted to give them a shot. For a timeline of how quickly the photos were developed and scans turned around, here you go:

  • Order placed: Sunday, June 12
  • Film shipped USPS Priority (KY to FL): Monday, June 13
  • Film delivered: Thursday, June 16
  • Confirmed receipt of film: Friday, June 17
  • Scans received: Thursday, June 23

I was given a link to WeTransfer to download everything from the roll. Bonus points for this business as they offer a rewards type of program based on points.  After my first order, I also got a coupon to use for my next order.

First Thoughts

One thing has held true with expired film: You never know what the result would be.  When I first saw these images, I was disappointed.  I thought that perhaps it was something I had set incorrectly in the camera, until I saw that the entire roll was the same, even with photos where I knew I had made adjustments in-camera. I guess there is still the possibility that I screwed something up.  Given my track record with film so far, it would not surprise me at all.

Here are a few samples of what I mean:

Seattle FilmWorks 35mm Expired Film

Seattle FilmWorks 35mm Expired Film

Seattle FilmWorks 35mm Expired Film

Lightroom Adjustments

Once I tinkered around in Lightroom with a few of these, I wasn’t as upset.  I was able to punch these up a good bit.  With all of the film I have been shooting lately, I have done my best to steer clear of heavy editing and corrections in Lightroom.  I want the image to be as true to what I shot as possible.  But the faded look here just wasn’t going to cut it for me.

I was pleased to see some of the high-grain images as well.  Not sure what it is about that look that I enjoy so much.  I realize some people are not a fan of it, but I’m not on that team.

While I have most of these set to post to my Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter accounts, there are a few here on the blog that I won’t appear elsewhere. Don’t say you weren’t warned ahead of time.

Seattle FilmWorks Expired 35mm Film shot on Canon A-1

Seattle FilmWorks Expired 35mm Film shot on Canon A-1

Seattle FilmWorks Expired 35mm Film shot on Canon A-1

Seattle FilmWorks Expired 35mm Film shot on Canon A-1

Seattle FilmWorks Expired 35mm Film shot on Canon A-1

Seattle FilmWorks Expired 35mm Film shot on Canon A-1

Seattle FilmWorks Expired 35mm Film shot on Canon A-1

Seattle FilmWorks Expired 35mm Film shot on Canon A-1

Seattle FilmWorks Expired 35mm Film shot on Canon A-1

Seattle FilmWorks Expired 35mm Film shot on Canon A-1

Seattle FilmWorks Expired 35mm Film shot on Canon A-1

Seattle FilmWorks Expired 35mm Film shot on Canon A-1

Seattle FilmWorks Expired 35mm Film shot on Canon A-1

Seattle FilmWorks Expired 35mm Film shot on Canon A-1

Seattle FilmWorks Expired 35mm Film shot on Canon A-1

Seattle FilmWorks Expired 35mm Film shot on Canon A-1

Seattle FilmWorks Expired 35mm Film shot on Canon A-1

Seattle FilmWorks Expired 35mm Film shot on Canon A-1

Seattle FilmWorks Expired 35mm Film shot on Canon A-1

 

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