24 Frames / The Whole Roll of Expired Gold 200 in an Agfamatic 200 – #FullRollFriday – by Rock

By Rock

As soon as I saw the post by Jeremy Strange on April 3rd, I thought what a great idea – a whole roll of photographs to look at. After all, it is all about seeing other peoples’ work, not just their words but in particular their actual images. And as soon as the challenge was set to share a whole roll, I knew this something I wanted to do.

A quick skim through the folders on my PC (all my negatives are scanned these days) and this appeared to be harder than I first thought: either there were too many mishaps per roll or too many comparable shots per roll. Who wants to see 24 pictures of trees? I really thought my first ‘whole roll’ post would be of a 2015 trip to the Isle of Arran in Scotland. I feel this roll might fit into the second category of images too similar, so maybe save this one for now.

In the end, I have chosen a sort of wild card. I have gone for a whole roll where all the photos have the potential to be mishaps or alike. So here is my whole roll of expired film, long expired film (Kodak Gold 200 dated 1992 to be precise), and even a camera from an expired format i.e  the Agfamatic 200.

Every now and then I like to go lo-fi and will shoot a roll of 126 or 110 cartridge, when I can find some. The results can be slightly unpredictable, although big grain and orange casts are usual features. Here it is then – a whole roll, in number order, shot over a few days in January around my home city of Medway, Kent…

empty road tree and building behind hoarding dock side basin yellowing leaves on path two trees framed by a third tree two trees framed by a third tree derelict building frosty field with bridge in the distance empty road with new tarmac footpath between offices empty London street with sun appearing boat marina with reeds in foreground early evening scene of railway crossing child posing for photograph fallen tree mixture of trees in failing light winter tree in woodlands sun shining through the trees tree branches against the sky woodland scenery valley scenery log laying on the grass dense woodland tree and gate

You may have noticed that photos 5 and 6 are the same. I’ve added it twice to make up the full complement of 24 frames (the original frame 5 came out blank) and to highlight the orange colour cast that you often get with film that is well past it’s date.

All the photos here have required some post processing, most notably pulling the RGB white balance towards the cooler, blue end to compensate. I use DxO Optics Pro 8, not the most up to date program but it does the trick for me. For those unfamiliar with the 126 format, it was launched by Kodak in the 1960s. It was squarely aimed at the mass market: simple folk could load the simple cartridges in equally simple cameras. Most brands of camera makers jumped on the bandwagon. There is an awful lot of these out there still; you just have to find the cartridges!

Cheers, Rock (www.rocksreflex.com)

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By Rock
Rock shoots almost exclusively film, mainly 35mm just like he did when he first took up photography 35 years ago as a teenager. Has a collection of old cameras to try out and likes to mix it up a bit with different formats or alternative processes. Generally goes on walks and strolls photographing whatever he sees, rarely planned.
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jeremystrange on 24 Frames / The Whole Roll of Expired Gold 200 in an Agfamatic 200 – #FullRollFriday – by Rock

Comment posted: 19/05/2020

Sorry, damn autocorrect, I meant Rock.
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Rock replied:

Comment posted: 19/05/2020

No worries, Facebook auto thingy changed a comment of mine yesterday from Portra to Ports

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jeremystrange on 24 Frames / The Whole Roll of Expired Gold 200 in an Agfamatic 200 – #FullRollFriday – by Rock

Comment posted: 19/05/2020

Thanks for sharing, Rick, I liked quite a lot of these, the colour cast added to it somehow.
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Comment posted: 19/05/2020

I've just had a roll of expired Kodak Max 400 developed and most came out with a massive magenta cast!

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Chris Pattison on 24 Frames / The Whole Roll of Expired Gold 200 in an Agfamatic 200 – #FullRollFriday – by Rock

Comment posted: 19/05/2020

Rock, What a timely post! I am currently attempting to amass enough 126 film for a project. An ebay seller based in Portugal has most of the world's remaining stock, or so it seems. These photos are great. There's some lovely countryside along the Medway.
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Comment posted: 19/05/2020

Sounds intriguing! Are you gonna use a basic camera like my Agfamatic, or one of the higher spec almost sophisticated models? I have used the guy in Portugal before for some lovely expired Perutz Primera. If you are feeling brave, you could re-spool 35mm into empty cartridges. Good luck

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Forrest Rogers on 24 Frames / The Whole Roll of Expired Gold 200 in an Agfamatic 200 – #FullRollFriday – by Rock

Comment posted: 17/05/2020

Gosh I love these so much! Expired Gold is so much fun to work with. Shot #8's calling my name
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Comment posted: 17/05/2020

Hi Forrest, thanks.

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Stephen on 24 Frames / The Whole Roll of Expired Gold 200 in an Agfamatic 200 – #FullRollFriday – by Rock

Comment posted: 17/05/2020

I was always sceptical about expired film but these photos have blown me away. They are actually quite moving. The composition seems straightforward but it is always exactly right, satisfying like a cold beer.
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Comment posted: 17/05/2020

Stephen, expired film is always worth a shot (so long as you don't overpay for it, after all it is out of date!). As the 126 format is also expired (and 110 format nearly), all the film is expired...But it would be nice if one current film manufacturer did bring out some new emulsion. Glad you liked the set of photos.Cheers, Rock.

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Peggy Marsh on 24 Frames / The Whole Roll of Expired Gold 200 in an Agfamatic 200 – #FullRollFriday – by Rock

Comment posted: 16/05/2020

That roll looks like many I have. Half of the fun is in the using of the camera. It's nice if they come out perfectly, not not a worry if they don't. Enjoy the ride
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Thanks, Peggy.

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Scott Edwards on 24 Frames / The Whole Roll of Expired Gold 200 in an Agfamatic 200 – #FullRollFriday – by Rock

Comment posted: 15/05/2020

Thanks for the ride! Beautiful, haunting, lovely, lonely. My sister just gave me her old Minolta, along w her husbands. (I have a Nikon F100 and a Minolta X570.) It will be interesting to see what the three rolls of Kodak from early 1980s might look like...
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Comment posted: 15/05/2020

They will look rough and very orange, but that's half the fun if you don't expect too much.

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