Opening the 4 year old time capsule

Skyline by the dog park - Austin, Texas

Skyline by the dog park – Austin, Texas

I mentioned in my previous post that I’m going to experiment with film. I’m intrigued by the analog color which seems quite different from digital. I’m starting by unlocking a 4 year time capsule.

I have a Canon EOS Rebel T2 film camera which I bought for $40, with kit lens, when Wolf Camera was going out of business a number of years ago. This may very well be the last film SLR Canon released. What’s cool about this camera is that it’s fully compatible with all my Canon EOS lenses that I use on my modern, digital Canon 6D. So the Rebel T2 is perfect for my exploration of film.

I dug out the old camera and popped in a battery and noticed that I had a few frames left from an old roll. Best I can remember, I loaded this with some cheap Fujifim Superia 400 film about 4 years ago. I had no idea what was on it. I shot a few snaps and brought it into Precision Camera for film developing and an ultra high-res scan.

Apparently it’s a thing to actually shoot with expired film. If you do I recommend that you greatly overexpose, my newly shot photos came out dark and exceptionally grainy. From what I found out, film loses its light sensitivity as it grows old. But the images I captured 4 years ago look interesting in an artistic way. Increased grain with random color splotches but exposures looked decent.

The image above is my favorite. The tall building under construction is the Austonian that has long been completed. The two other cranes mark the beginnings of the W Hotel and the Four Season’s Residences. That was the last boom. Today in 2014, Austin is going through yet another one, even larger than the one four years ago.

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5 thoughts on “Opening the 4 year old time capsule

    1. Hi Marilyn. The color is definitely not accurate. Between having old film and being post processed digitally and amped up, it’s not an accurate reflection of reality. That said my digital photos aren’t accurate either, though they are less colorful and more flat looking. In my exploration of film, I’m not looking for more accuracy, I’m looking for a different feel.

  1. Slide film had its advantages. Here’s a peek into a 40-year-old time capsule — a shoebox full of old slides found in my garage.

    Jenny Norman

    That’s a Chesapeake Bay bugeye (a form of sailing craft dating back to the late 1800s) under construction beneath a shed roof in a boatyard on Maryland’s Eastern Shore in 1974.

    Despite the intense sunlight outside the shed, details of the work-in-progress within the shaded area are acceptable and the colors are spot-on. Getting the nits, grits, and an occasional dead bug off the emulsion surface was impossible, but Photoshop cleaned it up without adding a lot of obvious discontinuity.

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