Shooting Valca Film

#1044. Valca Grano Fino Positiva 6, Canon EOS 3. Caffenol Concoction, 15 min @ 20 °C.
I like shooting rare and expired film. I like it when I discover an old film that not only still produces good results, but also has a unique look or color palette. These are from a roll of Valca Grano Fino Positiva cinematic film that I purchased from Labeauratoire. Since Valca has a recommended ISO of 6, I chose to use my Canon EOS 3 as it allows me to set the ISO from 6 to 6400.

I shot half the roll outdoors and then moved inside. These photos were shot in studio and I had to compensate for the low ISO. When shooting outdoors with low ISO film, you would normally compensate by adjusting the aperture to let in more light. But that doesn’t work when shooting with flash. Instead, I had to increase the output power of my studio strobes to make up the difference in exposure. I decided to bracket my exposures and discovered that I got better results when exposing the film for ISO 3.

I developed these photos in Labeauratoire’s Caffenol Concoction and was pleased with the results of the developer. However, I was a little disappointed that my results with Valca film didn’t look as good as those on the Labeauratoire website. This is one of the dangers of shooting with expired film. You have to accept that you most likely won’t get the results you want… but half the fun is in trying.

#1045. Valca Grano Fino Positiva 6, Canon EOS 3. Caffenol Concoction, 15 min @ 20 °C.

#1046. Valca Grano Fino Positiva 6, Canon EOS 3. Caffenol Concoction, 15 min @ 20 °C.

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