While Margaret and I were in Madison, Indiana, last October, I shot a lot of color negative film in my Yashica-12. I ended up making photos of a few subjects on more than one film stock. In particular, a roll of fresh Kodak Gold 200 I shot had many of the same shots I made on a roll of Kodak Vericolor III, expired since 1986, the day before. I didn’t realize until I got the film back that I made two near-identical photos of Broadway Fountain, one on each film. It’s blind dumb luck that these images are so similar in composition.
The first image is on the Vericolor III. I shot the film at EI 64 to make up for the film’s age as best I could. The second shot is on the Kodak Gold 200, which I shot at box speed. I have no idea what aperture and shutter speed I used for these photos, as I almost never take notes. It’s not surprising that the Vericolor III image shows shallower depth of field. The colors in the Kodak Gold photo are brighter and more candy-like, but the Vericolor III did a better job of capturing the autumn mood.
I made images on both films that include a very old fire station. Again, the Vericolor III image is first.
Again, the Kodak Gold returned a bolder color palette. I have no idea now which image renders the color more truly. I’ve shot this station before with my Kodak EasyShare Z730 (here) and my Canon PowerShot S95 (here), and they render this station’s blue color differently as well. The quality of the light certainly played some role here, but I think the film plays the bigger role.
Finally, there’s a green house by Broadway Fountain and it was in the frame on one photo each from these two rolls of film. The Vericolor III image is again first.
The light was similar on these two adjacent days, so I’m willing to say that the color differences we see here are mostly due to the nature of these two films. The Vericolor III is simply more muted than the Kodak Gold. Some of that may come from the film being 36 years past its expiration, but it’s probably mostly due to the differing formulations of these films. The Vericolor III was marketed as a portrait film, and so had qualities that made it a good choice for that. The Gold 200 is a general-purpose film meant for everyday photographers to capture memories.
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