Expired FUJI Provia (RDPII)

Discussion in 'Color: Film, Paper, and Chemistry' started by thelawoffives, May 17, 2011.

  1. thelawoffives

    thelawoffives Member

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    I was given a (mostly full) box of provia 4x5 along with a view camera. I have taken a few test shots and determined that it is "poo-poo." The color is so off that I have not been able to correct for it after scanning, and the grain is pretty pronounced (more than I think it should be, but I have never shot this film). Needless to say, the film is pretty much shot.

    My question is: does anybody have any creative ideas to use up 40+ sheets of grainy, faded-color film? Is there any intentionally destructive development methods that might yield an interesting image? Is there a camera or darkroom technique that benefits from old, bad film? I would love to hear any possibility, no matter how screwy, because otherwise, the contents of this box are headed for the trash.
     
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    Well, there's cross-processing...
     
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    Whatever you do, dont' throw them away! Someone will pay shipping for these. . . I'm sure of it. Out of curiousity, what year is the expiry date?

    Here's an idea: get a large cardboard box of some sort and secure as many sheets as you can fit at the back of this box, in a grid pattern covering one whole interior face of the box. Then make a pinhole on the other end. Voila.. you've got a potentially huge camera. After processing the sheets (maybe in b&w chemistry to keep costs down) and reassembling the grid, you'll be left with a huge mosaic photograph.
     
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    My guess on expiry would be 2003/4, but I'm not sure because they are packaged in an Ektachrome box with a date of 2001. The guy who gave them to me assured me the film was expired.

    That is a hell of an idea on the pinhole mosaic, and I have never done any pinhole photography, so that will be a fun way to dive in.