A while back, a reader sent me a couple of rolls of expired black and white film. One was a roll of Kodak Plus-X 125 that expired in 1988. That is only one year after I was born! After my great experience with a roll of Kodak Pan-X, I was excited to give this one a try.
Developing Kodak Plus-X 125
I developed this roll in HC110B (1+31) for 6 min according to the directions on the sheet in the box.
From what I read of others experiences, most people saw a bit of fogging on their expired Plus-X, so I decided to shoot at ISO 50 and then develop regularly. That way the film would be over exposed and hopefully compensate for any fogging.
Fortunately, my decisions paid off! I didn’t see any fogging, just a bit of grain. Kodak’s HC110 has really been my go-to developer these days. I’ve really been enjoying the results it’s giving me.
A Little About Kodak Plus-X 125
This was a very popular black and white film that was discontinued in 2011. It was a sharp and fine grain film that most photographers loved and still miss today. You can read more about it over on Mike Eckman’s site.
Kelsey and I went to our usual spot in Tradition to shoot this roll before going shopping for the baby. At the time of writing this we are 35 weeks along! Below is Kelsey with the baby bump back in June.
I really love the contrast of this film. The gradient from black to white is pretty full allowing for a lot of detail.
You can see the grain in the sky, and since this was marketed as a fine grain film I’m guessing that is from either the film’s age or the way I processed it. Either way, it doesn’t bother me.
It retained plenty of information in the shadows and highlights despite over exposing, as you can see in the photo above.
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I’m not one to shy away from mid-day shooting, and this day was no different. The sun was out and raging, but I don’t think it added anything negative to my photos.
We walked around by the river for a little while before getting back in the car to drive over to a different bridge in the area.
Blazing Sun and Spanish Moss
Over on the other side of the square are these big, beautiful Spanish Moss trees by the river. We parked and walked along the bridge nearby.
I have always loved to photograph these trees. They look ancient and next to other trees, they look like giants.
I noticed these two guys below that were fishing. I asked them if I could take a photo of them fishing. They said sure. I only wish I had more frames, because seconds later he caught a big fish.
I really like this film. I wish Kodak would bring it back. With the high price of film these days, this film may not be a bad choice if you can find it for sale. Even a 30 year old expired roll faired well.
For some footage of my day shooting this roll, watch my YouTube video below.
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