Fall Sunlight Test Roll – Expired Fuji Pro 160S

Unity Gardens sunflower - expired Pro 160S
Unity Gardens sunflower – expired Pro 160S
Unity Gardens sunflower patch - expired Fuji Pro 160S
Unity Gardens sunflower patch – expired Fuji Pro 160S
Unity Gardens sunflower patch - expired Fuji Pro 160S
Unity Gardens sunflower patch – expired Fuji Pro 160S

Unity Gardens Sunflower Patch – Bronica 150mm f/3.5 MC lens & 75mm f/2.8 PE lens

Willow tree and passing airliner - expired Fuji Pro 160S
Willow tree and passing airliner – expired Fuji Pro 160S

Swoopy cloud art and fickle color balance settings

Swoopy cloud art and fickle color balance settings – Fuji Pro 160S

Red leaves in September evening light - expired Fuji Pro 160S
Red leaves in September evening light – Bronica 150mm f/3.5 MC lens
Red leaves in September evening light - expired Fuji Pro 160S
Red leaves in September evening light and lens flare

Red leaves in late evening light – Bronica 150mm f/3.5 MC lens

Pampas decorative grass at sunset

Decorative grasses just before dusk – Bronica 50mm f/2.8 MC lens

Little house on the highway – Bronica 150mm f/3.5 MC lens

Abandoned gas station awning and storefront

Stationed – abandoned gas station – Bronica 50mm f/2.8 MC lens

Continental Long Distance pay phone sign
Continental long distance pay phone sign

Back when you could make a long distance call along a busy highway for just 10¢ every minute! Back before cell calls were free after 9pm!

All was not shiny & sun-soaked, especially in a long roll of snapshots. Here are my 2 favorite outtakes just to keep it real and humble.  🙂

Overexposed film frame - expired Fuji Pro 160S
Overexposed & expired – can’t win them all!
Out of focus frame of expired film
Soft focus frame of expired color negative film

Here’s the story

I gave a new stock and new film magazine a test run at the same time while catching some late September and early October late afternoon sunlight. I’ve shot a handful of 120 film stocks in my Bronica ETRS and recently landed an auction with a waist-level finder, 220 film magazines, even a Polaroid back with very expired Polacolor pack film installed! Not long after this an expired bulk lot of Fuji Pro 160S crossed my searches and I picked up the longer medium format roll film for tests and shoots.

The Bronica waist-level finder shows a very bright image and takes a bit of adjustment with “backward” (reversed) side to side framing. A Yashica Mat TLR I started shooting this past summer helped me become acclimated to this practice a little already but it’s still a brain bender.

Tech specs

Camera: Bronica ETRS 6×4.5

Film: Fuji Pro 160S 220, expired 2009, exposed at EI 50

Developer: Unicolor C41 kit, 102º F, 4:45 minutes (lost track of how many rolls I’ve run through this batch of chemistry!)

Scanned: Epson V600 flatbed scanner, Lightroom to crop

 

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