single frame: Damion and Garrett at Starkey Park

Garrett & Damion at Starkey Park

Damion and Garrett at Starkey Park
Kodak Ektachrome E100G

It should be obvious why this image didn’t make it into my new book, Square Photographs.

This was my last roll of the late, lamented E100G, and six of the 12 images were marred by light leaks. I wondered at first if I hadn’t wound the roll tightly enough when I removed it from the camera. But that would have affected all of the images where an edge was outside the spool ends. This happened randomly through the roll.

I worried that my Yashica-12 had developed a light leak, but when I used it again this problem didn’t recur. The Y-12 has worked flawlessly ever since.

On this day, my sons had come to visit. I drove them over to Starkey Park here in Zionsville, where we hiked the trails. Here, one trail ends in this ramp, which leads up to the Zionsville Rail Trail.

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5 responses to “single frame: Damion and Garrett at Starkey Park”

  1. Andy Umbo Avatar
    Andy Umbo

    I’ve used all varations of Kodak Ektachrome professionally since I started full time in the business in 1974 (and even before that since I was 16 years old), and I have to say, Kodak made some real “dog” Ektachromes, many that actually drove pros into using Fujichrome, but the last series E-100’s were absolutely the best! Sharp, fine grain, beautiful color, and dead on “stable”, with very little if any change between emulsion batches. We shot tons of it, in 35mm, 120, 4X5 and 8X10. All great! Even after I stopped managing a large advertising studio for a regional retailer, I shot this film well into the 2000’s, and I believe shot my last Ektachrome job around 2010, or 2011. I would still be shooting it if the local lab services hadn’t disappeared, Can’t shoot it professionally and then wait a week to send it somewhere for processing and wait to get it back; the client wants it N-O-W! My local labs used to have a 90 minute turn-around time. When they died, it forced me to shoot digital whether I wanted to or not.

    Want a tip on 120 film and “edge fogging”? 120 film can easily “edge fog” because there is a minute space between the inner edge of the reel, and the edge of the paper/film roll pack. You are not supposed to take 120 film out of the sealed film pack and load it in bright light. You are not supposed to unload the camera in bright light. You are not supposed to leave the used film laying around in the open where bright light can get to it. I even have a Fuji embroidered small black lintless bag made to keep shot film in.

    With the death of labs and lab people, I’ve seen all kinds of bad behavior in labs from “kids” that are working there and don’t know anything about lab work and haven’t been trained correctly, including leaving peoples 120 film lying around in the light before processing, and, horror of horrors, I actually walked into a lab and saw a lab person counting out exposed 120 film rolls. seperating them, ON TOP OF A LIT LIGHT TABLE! I turned around and walked out, as that type of behavior defines them as “not professional”. Who knows what’s going on in labs you’re sending your film to but have never been to?

    Unload your 120 camera in subdued light, and put the film in your pocket, or one of the many tyoes of film storage units I’ve seen lately: I love the fact that many of the “Euro” 120 films come in individual plastic canisters…Use them!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      This is the most likely source of the leaks. I don’t remember anymore exactly how I stored this film before I had it processed but it’s not impossible that it sat on my desk for a couple days. I don’t often do that – my norm is to wrap the roll in aluminum foil. Those 120 canisters would be awfully nice and I should probably buy a couple.

      1. Andy Umbo Avatar
        Andy Umbo

        I’ve seen them in 5 roll packs as well, and Kodak even sells a single storage canister, which is weird because they don’t supply their 120 film in storage canisters? Maybe they’re going to start doing it, like the Euro stuff?

        1. Andy Umbo Avatar
          Andy Umbo

          Seems like the review of the Kodak single canister says they’re too short, and not to buy…meanwhile, there’s these at Freestyle:

        2. Jim Grey Avatar

          The Maco one you linked to is the one I have in mind.

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