Lo-Fi: Revisiting the images from the Bolta spool with expired Konica VX100 (c.2004)

Back in July I made a Bolta spool for the Ikkosha Start 35k with a 12 exposure cassette of Konica VX100 (expired 2004). After several failed attempts to produce a decent colour inversion I gave up and made a blog post with the images in black and white.

Recently, some users on Twitter were talking about just this subject, and @tangible_tones made the observation, ‘… before inverting, I do the white balance eye dropper in a blank part between frames.’

Now I have been using Snapseed, too and although I inverted the red, green and blue channels the colour was really off. Perhaps this was the missing step I was looking for? And guess what, it worked!

The results were so much better, though rather than using the dropper I selected the auto white balance. The colours are still way off normal, but I should have expected something like this from a twenty-year expired film stock with no idea of how it was being stored. Besides, it perfectly complements my own idea of what the #shittyaesthetic is all about.


Published by Keith Devereux

'Let me close my eyes and sense the beauty around me. And take that breath under the dark sky full of stars.' Mira Furlan

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