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Orwo NC19 in C41 – the expired film page

In late summer 2014 I shot a long expired ORWO NC19 color film in my Lomo Belair. The film was sitting on my kitchen counter for a couple of month waiting for development. When I had a couple of color films for the lab, I finally had it developed and cut just to forget about the film again. There was something on the film however not “hot” enough to care right away.

Just recently I scanned the roll, didn’t edit at all and just stamped the dust and the usual cat hair in PS. I started wondering why the guy in the lab had asked me if I wanted the film developed in C41. At the time there wasn’t an alternative and I didn’t know any better anyways. After uploading the images to my flickr, I started googling “orwo nc19 developed in C41 process”. The first hit I got was a wordpress blog entry with the title “Don’t develop ORWOcolor in C-41”. Oops, I just did it. The blog talks a lot about expired films as well as processes to develop them. However, the last entry seemed to be in February of 2014. In the archives I found an article how to develop the NC19 the right way.

Some posts online give more details about the ORWO 5166/5166K process which was apparently similar to the old Agfa Color process. Anyhow, I’m not going to do it myself. I also found a site that specializes in processing old films (Film Rescue International) and might try them for the 2nd roll of NC19.

Of course people on lomography.com also got something to report about the ORWO NC19. “Frauspatzi” seemed to have burnt most of the emulsion away but really got the “crazy color” she mentioned in her post. The picture search on lomography.com returned 319 images taken on NC19.

I’m a bit of a perfectionist and the experience with expired films as well as the Lomo Belair camera feels very different compared to my Hasselblad workhorse. It is also difficult for me to comprehend the imperfection and unpredictability of the results. Be it the plastic feeling of a lomo belair or hopelessly expired film, I still try it again in the search for new challenges and the unique image.

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The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi is a place of superlatives. Coming from Dubai driving towards Abu Dhabi, I could spot the large structure easily. It’s the largest mosque in the United Arab Emirates and the eighth largest in the world. The construction of the mosque which tries to unite the cultural diversity of Islam took 11 years using artisans and materials from many countries including Italy, Germany, Morocco, Pakistan, India, Turkey, Malaysia, Iran, China, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Greece and United Arab Emirates.

This wikipedia article and the official home page of the mosque will give you more inside and detailed information.

Visiting the mosque is perfectly organized which is a blessing considering the masses of visitors. However, it’s also a pain in the neck since security and restrictions are present at any moment of your visit. I would certainly suggest an official tour of the mosque. You get to know so much more about the place, its construction and the meaning of many details. Also, you get into the part of the mosque that’s closed to the general visitor. Bring some time and a camera for your visit here. It’s a great place for architectural photography as well as amazing indoor and detail shots.

The photos here are from two different cameras (Hasselbad 500CM and the Lomo Belair, a 6×12 panoramic camera) taken on three different films (Ilford’s Pan F+ and Delta 400 as well as Rollei Retro 80s). The Pan F+ and the Retro 80s were developed in Kodak HC110 while I always use Spuersinn HCDnew for a Delta 400. I know I’m missing some color images here. It’s a good plan for next time to shoot color only.

Hasselblad 500CM  taken on Ilford Pan F (some with red filter):

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Lomo Belair 6×12 taken on Ilford Delta 400:

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Hasselblad 500CM taken on Rollei Retro 80s (some with red filter):

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