Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Film Negatives circa 1982

A while back, I wrote about some film negatives that I had in my posession. Well, I'm finally writing a post about them.

The story: I was browsing a thrift shop, and found a camera with an exposed roll of 110 film in it. I figured what the hell, and bought the $1 camera with the film in it. In case none of you know what 110 film looks like, here's a picture:

Upon examining the film enclosure, I noticed an expirey year of 1982 on it. I then immediately took it to Walmart to be developed.

About two weeks later, it was finally ready. Unfortunately, they said that the film was blank. They charged me nothing to develop it, and gave me the negatives which looked black in color.

However, when I held one up to light, I could see some faint images. Not all hope was lost! So I took them home and waited for another day to play with them. I thought about using my slide projector to see if I could get anything off them.

But, before I did that, I threw them on my scanner. Now, my scanner (which I got free at a garage sale) has the ability to scan transparencies. So I scanned, and got a picture of a nice black negative. I loaded the picture up in The Gimp, played with the brightness, contrast, color, and inverted the color, and voila!

The images are REALLY grainy, but you can still pretty much see what they are. Looks like someone took pictures of their vacation. I left out the shitty scenery pictures.





I have another old roll of film I want to get developed, but Walmart won't take it. It's an old roll of 126 film. I may try to develop it myself, but I'll try exhausting other professional options first.

1 comment:

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