For Christmas, Amy bought me an incredibly cool Yashica Mat 124G, which was stamped in 1973 and was purchased from a retired Navy air traffic controller off of eBay. I’ve talked about the camera a bit here and there on my Facebook page and in passing, but I still don’t think a lot of my digital friends get just how rad this camera is. So, I’m going to write a post about it in the next couple of weeks and in the mean time, here are a few images from a March trip to Charleston.
I shot this trip on expired rolls of Kodak 100 VHC Vericolor, that I got for free from a friend who teaches film photography back home in Bethesda, Md. I couldn’t find anywhere what exactly VHC stands for (and I’m hoping one of my film buff friends jumps in here…), but I know that the film has a boost in saturation and contrast when compared to other 120/220 Kodak films from the same era.
The expired roll held up pretty well, except in the shade where a lot of nasty greens and yellows came out in the scans that I had to edited out with Adobe Camera Raw. I love the desaturated, almost flatter tone look to this expired film.
I’ve been trying out a combination of different developing and scanning labs and still have yet to find that sweet spot between quality and value. This last batch was developed at Richmond Camera here in Charlottesville and scanned by ScanCafe, which is based out of India. Both labs did an awesome job, but it took over 45 days for me to get my scans back for a marginally cheaper price. However, ScanCafe does offer a pro scanning service which kicks out files at 4000dpi, which makes for a 75+MB ginormous JPEG file. It was probably an overkill this time, but something to think about if any of my future rolls ever make it to print.