Pentax and Kodak Gold

One of the goals I set for myself this year was to shoot at least one roll of film each month. I missed January, but February was the black and white roll I posted here recently. For March, I shot an expired roll of Kodak Gold 200 that was about 15 years old. I used my Dad’s Pentax MV, which I’ve used before, with a 135 mm lens that I have never used before. Taking off my progressive lens glasses and focusing in the Pentax viewfinder is a bit of a challenge.

The photo above is a scan of the print I got back from Blue Moon. I did some minor processing in Photoshop Elements, mainly Auto Sharpening, Auto Color Correction, and Auto Haze Removal. I’ve been experiencing technical difficulties with my Nik Collection plug-ins, and am hoping to get them back up a running, but in the meantime learning more about Elements.

Scanning color negatives proved to be a bit challenging, but interesting. The version below is the scan of the negative, with the same processing, with a bit of Auto Smart Tone also. The scanner left some odd shadows which I also found in a few other exposures on the roll, but not all. Until I get a bit better at scanning color negatives, I’ll probably rely on the prints from the processor. Scanning Black and White negatives was a breeze compared to color.

With the different lens, the expired film, and learning how to scan color negatives, it’s been a steep learning curve this week. I’ll post a few more images from this roll over the next couple of days, and then move onto the Black and White roll of film from April.