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a blog by Branden Frederick

Film

Tear your backing paper

Tear your backing paper

See what happens

289
film
18 Jun 2019
When I got the Hasselblad 500C/M, the previous owner showed me how to use the camera. One of the pieces of advice was to not be too aggressive spinning the film loading crank. Last week I decided to ignore that advice. continue reading »

Ektachrome is Back

Ektachrome is Back

And I don't mean expired eBay garbage

449
film
2 May 2019

Like a zombie, Kodak's Ektachrome film has risen from the grave. Its re-animated version is called E100, and it is a daylight-balanced neutral-toned slide film only available in 135 (35mm) format. Yes, this is the most boring version of Ektachrome, but hey there's new film stock!

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B&W Showdown Results

B&W Showdown Results

Sometimes I surprise even myself

902
film
10 Dec 2018

Back in May I purchased eight rolls of different black and white 120 roll film for a comparison (six Ilford stocks, two Kodak). The rolls included some I was familiar with, and some I had never shot before, with the intention that through shooting all films of similar subjects and in the same style, I'd be able to determine which B&W film best matches my style, or if I could even tell them apart at all.

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Kodak Lumiere

Kodak Lumiere

uncommon slide film

212
film
8 Dec 2018

I picked up off eBay some unusual film stock: Kodak Lumiere. Wildly out of date, and with only two rolls, see how the images came out.

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The Great B&W Showdown

The Great B&W Showdown

Comparing eight different monochrome film stocks

436
film
12 May 2018
One of those things that's been tickling my noggin for a good measure of time now is, exactly how noticeable is the difference between all those black and white films? continue reading »

More Purple Than Purple

More Purple Than Purple

Expired Sensia II out-purple's LomoChrome Purple

255
film
9 Apr 2018
I sometimes grab film from the "as-is" bin at Glass Key Photo in San Francisco, even though it's sold with the disclaimer that the buyer should expect nothing from it. continue reading »

Lomo Purple

Lomo Purple

unusual film stock

342
film
17 Feb 2018

Lomography sometimes sells batches of their own, unique "Purple" film. How this film works and where it is made are mysteries – we can only know through guesswork, since Lomography themselves say very little about the film.

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expired 110

expired 110

in the baby diana

125
film
7 Dec 2017
A few years ago, someone gave me some old rolls of Kodak Gold 110 film they had found in their garage. I only recently got a working 110 camera (the Lomography Baby Diana), and then it took me longer to find someone to scan them (I've tried at home, and it's a pain). continue reading »

gone to mars

gone to mars

velvia gone bad

116
film
28 Nov 2017
In another exciting chapter of shooting junk film bought at bargain prices off eBay, I present you these photos shot on the surface of Mars on the Niles Canyon Railway. continue reading »

kodak plusdigital

kodak plusdigital

unusual film

158
film
27 Nov 2017
In the mid-2000s, Kodak introduced PlusDigital film (alongside some other lines) in Asia, where digital had not yet fully supplanted film as the standard in photography. continue reading »

slide duplicating film

slide duplicating film

testing and bracketing

324
film
19 Jun 2017
One of the weirder films you can find on eBay is Kodak's Ektachrome "Slide Duplicating Film 5071". I doubt there's 5070 other Ektachrome slide duplicating films, so I don't know what the "5071" indicates. Maybe some Kodak internal index? Coded "ESD", this film isn't labeled with an ISO. continue reading »

too small, too fast

too small, too fast

film broken and abused

849
film
11 Mar 2017

I have brought together a perfect storm of dumb. But first, a story.

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ektachrome gone bad

ektachrome gone bad

abused and forgotten

71
film
30 Oct 2016
When you're shooting film you've bought off someone on Craigslist, the film is expired, and they're not a photographer, all bets are off. continue reading »

accidental double-exposure

accidental double-exposure

mysterious first exposure

180
film
13 Aug 2016

A few years ago, a friend's father gave me a box of assorted camera junk that had been gathering dust in his garage for who knows how long. Included were some rolls of trash film. I threw them into my freezer and said "one day I'll shoot those".

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old t-max p3200

old t-max p3200

doesn't save well

113
film
25 Jun 2016
In another exciting adventure in using expired film, here's photos shot on 20-year-old Kodak T-Max P3200 film. The higher the speed of film, the more delicate it must be stored, and the less well it will save after expired. continue reading »

a tale of two ektars

a tale of two ektars

kodak keeping things confusing

385
film
22 May 2016
Kodak, may it rest in peace, has made an incomprehensibly huge selection of films over the years. One of the film lines they still make is the much-loved (seriously, it's great) Kodak Ektar. continue reading »

ektar 1000

ektar 1000

the original ektar

215
film
10 May 2016
Way back in the late 80's, Kodak introduced a new line of color film called Ektar. Available in speeds 25, 100, 125, and 1000, Kodak only produced the film for five years. continue reading »

film: where to start

film: where to start

an introduction to shooting film in a digital age

710
film
17 Mar 2016

When I admit to my obsession with film photography, 95% of people respond with incredulity. So I'm writing this article for the novice out there who genuinely is interested in playing with film photography, but if they're like most people, they have no idea where to start.

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expired ektachrome

expired ektachrome

more film gone bad

38
film
30 May 2015

This was a roll of expired Kodak Ektachrome 200 I found in a camera bag that had been stored in a garage. Sometimes expired film leads to fun unexpectedness, but sometimes the unexpected results are ... disappointing.

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choosing which film

choosing which film

so you've decided to shoot film

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film
29 Nov 2014
Choosing a film can be crazy confusing, since many films have very similar names, unexplained codes, proprietary terminology, multiple versions and packaging, and have subtly shifted in name and creation over the years. Good luck figuring it all out! continue reading »

cost of film

cost of film

is film really cheaper than digital?

412
film
19 Nov 2014

These prices are as of 11/19/2014. They are all taken from actual receipts. This point of this exercise is to challenge the statement (that certain internet pundits make) that shooting film is cheaper than buying a digital camera every few years. Having done a lot of both of those things, I don't believe it to be the case, but I want some evidence to back this belief up.

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about Branden Frederick

about Branden Frederick

I am a photographer: I have fun taking photos, and I always have.

I've had a camera in my hand my whole life, a 110 camera as a kid, and the high school's 35mm SLR later. In 2008 I spent six months doing nothing but taking photos and loved it. From that point on I've had my camera surgically attached to my hand (I lie). I went digital in the year 2000, and I came back to film in 2013. My parents tell me my photos are "nice".

bf@branfred.com