The other day when I decided to dust off my husband's 35mm camera and give it a go, I found there was still some unused film in the cartridge. Lucky me! I didn't look close enough to find out how old it was or when it expired, but judging from the last time that camera was used, there's a good chance the film was 10+ years old/expired. Fortunately I'm a novice enough to have no idea what that actually means, so I loaded the film and set off to shoot. My baby girl was looking especially cute and content eating her ripe and juicy peach that I couldn't possibly pass up that photo op. Ok, so maybe I set it up. But she's still as cute as ever. I took a roll of film with my Contax, but due to circumstances beyond my control, the film got destroyed and I'll never know what those pictures looked like. Please cry a tear for me. :( But how lucky am I that this roll turned out so well?! See that grain? This color film was ISO 200, meaning it shouldn't have any grain, but I'm guessing due to its age it turned out super grainy. And I LOVE it! Film grain is so absolutely soft and beautiful to me.
A few technical details: I used the same camera/lens setup as my last post (35mm, 50 1.4) but the film was ISO 200 and probably some Wal-Mart brand that I don't remember. I set the camera's in-camera reading to ISO 100 and then metered for the shadows - thus overexposing the film about 1.5-2 stops. I think with really old film sometimes you have to overexpose the heck out of it, so maybe I could have even gone higher. With regular film it's still often recommended to overexpose that much to achieve flattering skin tones and contrast. :)