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Phound Photos Volume 5

I bought a Kodak Instamatic 104 as part of a camera lot and it came with a Kodachrome-64 cartridge. I had tried processing Kodachrome as black and white before but got nothing. I tried again using Kodak HC-110 and Ilford Rapid Fixer and the film had some retrievable images.

Christmas portrait.

Christmas portrait.

Looks a bit like Richard Karn as Al on "Home Improvement".

Looks a bit like Richard Karn as Al on “Home Improvement”.

Another Eastern Air Lines photo.

Another Eastern Air Lines photo.

Nice hat.

Nice hat.

Palm trees.  Makes sense -- Eastern was headquartered in Miami.

Palm trees. Makes sense — Eastern was headquartered in Miami.

The camera itself isn’t any help dating these images. The Instamatic 104 was made from 1965 to 1968. Kodachrome 64 in 126 format was made from 1974 to 1993. That at least sets an early limit — the photos are from no earlier than 1974. Eastern Air Lines went out of business in 1991 so that more or less sets an upper date limit. Going by hair and clothing styles, I’d guess late 70s or early 80s.

Processing Kodachrome as black and white creates really dense negatives, even after removing the anti-halation layer. I didn’t have to do anything special to get the remjet off — a pre-wash did most of the work and an extra-thorough rinse at the end did the rest. The negatives are also really orange which is why the digitally inverted negatives are blue.

My scanner couldn’t transmit enough light through the negatives to get anything useful. Even normal use of a slide projector wasn’t bright enough. I ended up putting individual negatives in a slide frame (Kodachrome is also really thick and really curly) and taping it over the front of the slide projector lens. I used macro mode on the Nikon AW100 to photograph the negatives. I shot at an angle so the pattern of the bulb didn’t show through and de-skewed in Photoshop. The light wasn’t consistent across the frame so there is some vignetting, showing as a lighter halo when the images were inverted.

I found a couple of articles about bleaching the negatives using C-41 bleach or fixer with ascorbic acid. I’ll try that when I can and add results here.

Developing notes:

All except running water rinses at 20C/68F. Yankee tank with 2 adjustable reels using just the lower reel. Any 35mm setup will work. 126 is the same width with different perforations.

For the pre-wash, I ball-parked 68F using my finger under the tap and ran water into the tank for 2 minutes. A lot of yellow water with black flecks came out at first. Drained and set the timer for developing.

Kodak HC-110 dilution H. H is an unofficial dilution. It’s 1/2 strength dilution B for twice the time. 1 part developer to 63 parts water. Instructions say to use at least 6mL of developer per roll so I used 6mL developer syrup and 378mL water to get the right ratio (total developer solution = 384mL). Continuous inversions for the first minute and then 15 seconds of inversions every 3 minutes for a total of 20 minutes. Drained and got more yellow liquid and black flecks.

Kodak Indicator stop bath mixed at a strength of 16mL/L (5-6mL for 340mL). 2 inversions and then sit for 1 minute. Drained pretty clear. I never reuse the stop so I don’t use the indicator. I’ll have to reuse some just so I know what the indicator color change looks like.

If I was going to reuse the fixer, I’d add a rinse here. I wasn’t so I didn’t.

Ilford Rapid Fixer mixed 1:4 (68mL fix + 272mL water for 340mL). Same inversions (agitation) as the developer for a total of 15 minutes. Drained pretty clear.

I sometimes use the temperature control bath water for rinsing if I’m sure I didn’t get any chemicals in it. It’s already at the right temperature. I filled the tank and inverted 5 times and emptied it. Refill, invert 10X, empty, and then the same with 20X inversions. I usually stop rinsing here but I was concerned about the remjet backing so I added ~3 minutes under running water to be sure.

After the rinse, I added a few drops of Kodak Photo-Flo, refilled the tank with water, inverted a few times to make it nice and foamy, drained, squeegeed with my fingers, and hung it to dry.

Phound Photos Volume 4

I bought another lot of expired film. One of the 120 rolls, some Kodak 200 of unknown provenance and vintage, was exposed. I gambled a few bucks and took it for processing with the color roll from an upcoming camera-of-the-week.

Processed by The Camera Shop of Santa Fe and scanned at 2400DPI on the CanoScan 9000f.

The images are 2 1/4 inches (~6cm) and they’re vertical, as in if the film is hanging, the images are right-side-up, so I think it’s from a TLR or a 120 SLR like a Hasselblad or Mamiya that doesn’t feed film sideways. There is vignetting on some of the shots and the film spacing was all over the place so it was probably a cheaper camera. Not a Hasselblad at any rate since there aren’t any edge markings on the frames.

I’m pretty sure the light leaks are from after the film was shot. It wasn’t very tight on the spool.

I think it's a golf course.

I think it’s a golf course.

I have to look at the frame numbers — I don’t know if the double exposure is before, after, or more probably, in between the other shots of the same scenes.

Christmas double-exposure.

Christmas double-exposure.

It looks kind of like Los Alamos.  Wouldn't that be a bizarre journey for the film.

It looks kind of like Los Alamos. Wouldn’t that be a bizarre journey for the film.

Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree, you're really green and stu-uff.  Thanks Steve.

Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree, you’re really green and stuff. Thanks Steve.

No idea.  The carpet looks the same as the Xmas tree photo.

No idea. The carpet looks the same as the Xmas tree photo.

Phound Photos Volume 3

I spotted some Minolta 16 film in a “lot” auction online. To get it I had to buy a Polaroid 268 flash, some bulbs that don’t fit it, Flashcubes, and a Polaroid Automatic Land Camera 230. A lot of shipping to get some tiny film cartridges but you do what you gotta do.

The 230 turned out to be pretty nice. The film in it was dried out but it has a manual and a cold clip. With a 3 X AAA kludge to give it 4.5 volts, I verified the shutter works too.

Tucked in the front of the case with the manual was this photo.

Polaroid 80 series pack film.

Polaroid 80 series pack film.

No idea who or where. All I know is she’s married, probably right-handed, drinks Maxwell House coffee, and wears really cool glasses.

Phound Photos Volume 2

I’ve had an Apple Quicktake 200 for a while but I never had media. It takes 5V Smartmedia. I scored another camera and this one had two memory cards with it. The camera isn’t working but it had some test shots on the cards.

Messy desk.  I can relate.

Messy desk. I can relate.

It looks like someone was just testing the camera, cards, or both.

It looks like someone was just testing the camera, cards, or both.

A mouse and a bit of a finger over the lens.

A mouse and a bit of a finger over the lens.

Last found photo.

Last found photo.

I took the next two. My first camera does work. Behold the 1997 glory of 24-bit 640 X 480!

My sweetie in her cat PJs.  I don't think she believed it would work.

My sweetie in her cat PJs. I don’t think she believed it would work.

People are asking, and getting, $50-75 USD for a 2MB card. 4MB cards fetch around $100. Old Boss and Roland synthesizers need them so demand is still high.

Like finding Bigfoot to score these babies.  Notch on the left = 5V.

Like finding Bigfoot to score these babies. Notch on the left = 5V.

I have a USB reader that can theoretically work with 5V Smartmedia. I haven’t found working drivers yet. I used a Fujifilm Floppy disk adapter FD-A1S to transfer these. I’ll do a proper write up when the camera is featured on 52 Cameras.

Phound Photos Volume 1

There was a partially exposed roll in the Canon EOS 750 when I bought it in late 2014. I used the remainder of the roll as a test and, not expecting much, I had it processed at the drug store. Surprisingly, my shots came out pretty nice. There were also a few exposures from the previous owner.

Since the camera does pre-wind, these are probably in reverse-chronological order.

I looked for a rabbit or a bird or something.  Maybe it's just a test shot or the subject got away.

I looked for a rabbit or a bird or something. Maybe it’s just a test shot or the subject got away.

This was unexpected.

This was unexpected.

I think someone just got married.

I think someone just got married.

They look like they're having fun.

They look like they’re having fun.

Cute couple.  I like the red-eyed guy in the background.

Cute couple. I like the red-eyed guy in the background.

These two take their dancing seriously.

These two take their dancing seriously.

Lost in the moment/movement.

Lost in the moment/movement.

If you know these people or are these people, get a hold of me through the comments at my Youtube channel so I can send them a CD (kind of low-res since it’s drug store processing) and negatives.

I had to turn off comments on the blog after I was invaded by spam-bots.