Adventures with Expired Film: Fujichrome Astia 100 in 120

My friend, Jim, sent me a box of Fujichrome Astia 100 to run through my Yashica TLR. The film expired in 2004 and I had my doubts about it, but we had it from a reliable source that the film had been refrigerated for its entire long life. I loaded a roll and went down to Willow Lake which is on the edge of Cherokee Park in Louisville. It was late in the day and the sky was overcast with heavy clouds. I shot it in the Yashica 635 TLR and and used the trusty Gossen Pilot 2 meter to get my exposure readings. I had the film developed at a local lab. To my dismay, I found out that the lab is closing down in three weeks and from here on in, I will have to ship my color out of town for processing. I totally understand digital, but I wish it didn’t have to mean wiping out all of the traditional analog photography industry. Anyway, here are the results of the experiment. All of these, except the dragon fountain have had some color correction in Photoshop: (click on images for larger view)

reed-at-willow-lake Yashica 635 with Fujichrome Astia 100

Willow-Lake-5Yashica 635 with Fujichrome Astia 100

Willow-Lake-7Yashica 635 with Fujichrome Astia 100

silly-dragon-fountain Yashica 635 with Fujichrome Astia 100
This one has no color correction whatsoever, and it shows some “red shift”
It should be more gray. Part of this may be underexposure, and some may be the age of the film.

Willow-Lake-2 Yashica 635 with Fujichrome Astia 100

To be honest, I expected the film to look much worse, given its age. I was pleasantly surprised at what I could get from these transparencies. I did some color correction on all of these shots except them dragon fountain, but actually, it was not much more than one would do on fresh color transparency film. I will definitely shoot all of this film that I can get my hands on.


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