Expired Porta 160VC, 02 October 2009


Hey, are you still awake? I’m still awake, so if you’re still awake, here’s something for you to enjoy. [1]


Photo Information:

Camera: Kodak Six-20 Brownie Junior
Film: Kodak Portra 160VC (120), expired
Exposure: “Instant” Shutter setting; f/16 aperture [2]
Metering: Heh. [3]

The subject of this photo is the MacArthur Memorial [4] in downtown Norfolk…and a rather fine sky in the background. Unlike yesterday’s post, [5] this photo preserves the original aspect ratio of the negative; like most 620 cameras, this one uses a 6cm x 9cm format (2 ¼” x 3 ¼”), rather than the 6×6 square format of many modern medium format cameras. I suppose I could’ve cropped out the bottom a bit, but I figured that keeping it fits better with the “quick and dirty” nature of snapshots in general, and of this particular camera.

That said, I think you’ll agree that those are some rather fine colors, considering that I was using expired film in a snapshot camera. Fun times.



[1]: YMMV, of course.

[2]: As with the wider aperture setting, this is informed supposition.

[3]: You’re kidding, right? With only two shutter speeds and two aperture settings, there really isn’t any need for a meter.

[4]: Yes, that MacArthur…as in, General Douglas MacArthur. Apparently, he had ancestral ties to the city of Norfolk, and requested to be buried here.

[5]: Well, strictly speaking, it would be the post from the day before yesterday, since “today” is now technically tomorrow, and yesterday is what I’m still calling today. Yes, you read that right.


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