I picked up a couple rolls of expired Kodak TMAX 400 B&W film a couple weeks ago with an expiration date of 1999, making this film at least 22 years old. The trouble with shooting expired film that you’ve acquired 22 years after manufacturing is that you have no idea where it’s been leading up to your purchase. Storage and handling can make a big difference in the quality of the film in its degraded, expired state, but also how you shoot it and develop it matters, too.
I’m not going to get all technical on you, but obviously this film had been stored correctly (in the fridge) because the images are quite good. Grainier than usual, and a little foggy / faded that if I wanted to, I could have Photoshopped it into submission, but I’m not that guy.
Cat came over last weekend and we shot one of these rolls behind the canopy and on the chair to great results. But as I’m sure I’ve mentioned before, when shooting someone as passionate and beautiful as Cat, it’s hard to take bad pictures, even on old, crunchy film.
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