Last Sunday. A beautiful, sunny day that visually masked a bone-chilling wind.
At some point in time, they’re going to tear down that beautiful L-Ken’s advertising sign on Central Avenue. But until they do… I’m going to use it as a go-to-shoot-and-see-what-happens part of my photography experiments.
And on this sunny-chilly Sunday, I had my AGFA Clipper Special f/6.3 camera in the car with me. Two rolls of Instamatic splitfilm – one a roll of Kodak Gold 200, one a roll of 3M film that came as surplus in an eBay auction – are packed in the camera’s chassis.
Long-time readers, you know the drill. You know what I want to achieve with this camera. You know what I want to achieve with this film.
A few shots here. A few shots there. A couple of snaps. A couple of visual captures. And if I do this correctly… I’ll have an amazing photograph collage art piece.
And I know some of you are screaming right now, “For the love of God, Chuck, it’s just an old sign for a fried seafood place that shut down ages ago. And your attempts with Instamatic film have been hit-or-miss at best. Give up. Do something else.”
Pfft. YOU give up. Not me. Not now.
Because it’s time for a “Spearmint.”
And no, I’m not talking about chewing gum.
No, this “Spearmint” is just me using short-speak for “Experiment.” You know, short-speak is when you’re in Pittsburgh and you say to someone, “Jeet jet?” and they say back, “No, Jew?” (Translation: “Did you eat yet?” “No, did you?”)
And after I completed this “Spearmint,” I took the film to McGreevy Pro Lab. Yep, it’s not a Monday morning unless I’m dropping something off at McGreevy Pro Lab. Right?
Tuesday night, I picked up the film. And wow, I got seriously lucky with this film this time, both rolls of film actually held up well. I guess 25-year-old print film can survive these days… plus, I now know the difference between Kodak Gold 200 Instamatic film (green bars) and 3M print film (yellow bars).
Scan. Clean. Digitally remove as many scan-interrupting Newton rings as possible. Clone out the sprocket holes. And…
Nice. This is the cleanest I’ve ever achieved with Instamatic film; again, to even use this decades-old-film is the equivalent of trying to shoot a bull’s-eye while blindfolded. If you keep trying… you get some good results.
Nice little spearmint, don’tcha think?