I had my first roll of real physical film developed just over a month ago, after having used digital for some years. It was everything I remember about the process: the trip to the minilab, the excitement of anticipation, and the eagerness with which I tore open the envelope containing the prints, as if it was an early Christmas present! But I’ll post more about that some other time…

Today, I just want to share a couple of scanned prints I made sometime back in 2001 or 2002. I didn’t have a digital camera back then, as they were really just starting to make headway in the market and were still very expensive. These were made on a cheap Kodak Advantix camera at Wallaroo, South Australia (curiously, the size of this particular film is where we derive our current APS sensor size from). Click each image to see a clearer view!

Spectral sunset (Kodak Advantix film camera)
Spectral sunset (Kodak Advantix film camera)
Ghost light off the port (Kodak Advantix)
Ghost light off the port (Kodak Advantix)

Look at that light! The golden time of sunset has turned bluish-green! You know when things go quiet just for a few moments? When the world seems to stop around you and you notice all the details? That’s what I remember when I made these photos. The camera might have been cheap and the film very grainy, but it’s the atmosphere of these images that matters.

Sadly, I think I’ve lost the originals. These small scans are all that I have left.

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Wallaroo Twilight – using a Kodak Advantix camera
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10 thoughts on “Wallaroo Twilight – using a Kodak Advantix camera

  • January 26, 2015 at 12:17 pm
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    Me again… off topic, actually. Happy Australia Day, Steve! I dunno about you, but we still have Monday 26(th of) January here… šŸ™‚

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    • January 26, 2015 at 12:26 pm
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      Thank you šŸ™‚ Actually, I’d forgotten about it this morning! Our Prime Minister is in a bit of trouble for awarding a member of the UK Royal family a Knight of Australia award. Still Monday night here…just.

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      • January 26, 2015 at 12:48 pm
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        I forgot about it, also… but hey… our friend””, Facebook reminded me… even if I was just a couple of minutes in there…
        Okay… wish you a beautiful/relaxing night. šŸ˜‰

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        • January 26, 2015 at 2:45 pm
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          Yes..some “friend” Facebook is! Grrr…
          Thank you. You too šŸ™‚

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  • January 20, 2015 at 12:46 pm
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    PLEASE! If you think that made you anxious for your results, try actually developing it yourself!! haha You have this fear that you messed up and then when you open it up and see you’ve done just fine it is so rewarding. We do that at the darkroom at my school, develop the film, dry it, cut it, print the pictures in the dark room. If you like film you MUST try it that way. I promise the excitement is 20x greater and it is so much satisfactory to do it all yourself. But be warned, it’s very expensive. I just have the money for it because luckily my school provides the chemicals for me. I know there are darkrooms you can rent out in big cities all over the country though! Good luck with it whichever way you chose to do it! Great photos!

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    • January 20, 2015 at 12:51 pm
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      Thanks Natasha. Would you believe that I missed out on getting into the darkroom every single time at my schools? They had limited numbers and it seemed like the same group were in there every semester. I’d love to have done it myself back then. Well, I’d only develop BW and it’s possible to develop with Caffeinol. You just need a big old tin of cheap coffee and some other cheaply available chemicals. The results aren’t up to the snuff of something like Rodinal of course, but it’s cheap! I’ll try it eventually, when I have time and space. Those things tend to lack as you get older šŸ™‚ I’ve no doubt it will be great fun. If you have any tips, feel free to get in touch.

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  • January 16, 2015 at 7:32 pm
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    spectral indeed!! Especially the colour

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    • January 17, 2015 at 2:51 am
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      Yes. I’ve not seen it there like that since!

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  • January 16, 2015 at 7:00 pm
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    Oh yes something has been lost with all the technology Steve

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    • January 17, 2015 at 2:51 am
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      Yes, for sure. I think we’ve lost quiet time and the time to slow down and think. Fortunately, film is still being produced and is still being used enthusiastically by millions. Stories of its demise in the media are ill informed at best and sinister marketing at worst!

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