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Expiriment #3: Truprint FG+ (expired 2003)

I’m back with the third of my expired film adventures. When I started this series (and I use that term in a loose sense) I think I might have mentioned doing one every month and, for the first two at least, I was true to my word. But it’s now been almost five months since the last entry, so apologies to anyone who was waiting with baited breath. I do still intend to keep doing these though, and hopefully more frequently.

This roll is the youngest one featured to date, being a sprightly nineteen years over its expiry date of 2003. It’s another colour film, this time both in 135 format, and also, I think it’s fair to say, a consumer grade stock. I have actually shot another roll of this previously and you can see some posts containing the results here. I shot the previous roll at box speed and, while I got some nice results, they were somewhat grainy and more than a little vivid, so for this roll I decided to overexpose by a stop and shoot it at 100asa.

But first a little background on the film, and how I got it.

Truprint were a mail order photo processing outfit where you wuld post your rolls of film out in a special envelope and then, a couple of weeks later, you would receive a set of prints AND a free roll of film to shoot more. The Truprint brand was still in business as a photo printing outfit up until fairly recently until it was bought out by Snapfish. Truprint provided a variety of films in the usual 100, 200, and 400asa varieties but these were, I believe, re-branded stocks from other manufacturers. The Big Film Database shows Agfa and Ferrania as the most likely originators of the film stocks used by Truprint. The roll I shot here was Truprint FG+ – a 200asa film, and one which appears to have been manufactured by Ferrania. Although the Big Film Database doesen’t specify this, other sources seem to indicate this particular stock was Ferrania Solaris.

I got hold of my two rolls from a lady who had found them in their fridge in her garage and who had asked online if they would be of any use to anyone. She told me they had always been in the fridge since purchase, which was a good sign, and was the main reason I chanced shooting the first roll at box speed.

I decided to shoot this second roll partially for some multiple-exposure photography I was attempting, for which I didn’t want to risk wasting a more expensive roll of film, but as I had no intention of using the whole roll for this purpose, I also went out on a sunny autumn morning to shoot a bunch of other frames of whatever subject matter I could find. I ended up in the Attercliffe area of the city – a former industrial area home to Sheffield’s once vast steel industry, but which has now become home to service businesses, retail, and entertainment outlets (although there is still a lot of industry in abundance, including steel foundries). Most of the pictures feature Sheffield Forgemasters, a heavy engineering firm that has been in existence since 1805. In the 1980s the company attracted controversy for it’s part in the Iraqi Supergun Affair, and in 2021 was nationalised because of it’s importance to the nation’s defence industry.

So, on to the results.

This roll came out very nicely indeed, possibly due to the overexposure, or perhaps it had just fared better than its companion roll. Whatever the case I would not be disappointed with these if they had come from a fresh roll of film – the grain is minimal and the colours look natural with just a hint of warmth (and that might just be in the way I processed the pictures in Negative Lab Pro and Lightroom). I’m very happy with the photos and would happily shoot more Truprint FG+ (if I had any).

Forgemasters
Autumn had arrived when the photos were made, and the colours reveal themselves well on the film – helped by the nice sunlight I had on the day.
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Forgemasters-3
More autumnal shades beside Sheffield Forgemasters.
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Forgemasters-5
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Sheffield Forgemasters is a looming presence in this part of the city.
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Sawtooth
Another industrial building in the area. Not part of Forgemasters, I believe this might be a scaffolding supplier now.
Funfair
One of the main entertainment facilities in Attercliffe is the Arena – currently the Utilita Arena, but it has gone under a number of sponsored names since construction though it is often known locally as the Don Valley Arena. There was a funfair taking residence in part of the carpark on the day I passed.
Thrill ride
Arena
The arena itself.
Empty carpark

Overall outcome: Success!

Expiriment #4 coming soon (I hope…)…

Nikkon F80, Nikkor 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 D, Truprint FG+ (expired 2003). Shot at 100asa and lab developed for box speed. Home scanned and converted with Negative Lab Pro.

Taken on 22 October 2022

Other posts in the Expiriment series:

Expiriment #1: Ilford HP5 (expired 1982)

Expiriment #2: Kodacolor VR400 (expired 1989)

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Multiple exposure

Regular readers may remember me posting on occasion about the photo competition I enter each month, It’s approaching the end of the 2022 contest now with just three images remaining to be entered. October’s theme is multiple exposure.

I rarely shoot multiple exposure images (although occasionally accidentally), but I’ve shot quite a few this month, including a full roll of 12 shots with the Holga and also several shots on a roll of expired Truprint FG+. Of all the shots, the one featured in the blog today is my favourite and the one I’ve entered in the competition. It’s a picture of three overlaid camera – an Olympus OM-1, an Olympus XA3, and a Kodak Retina IIa. The resulting image looks a little like an x-ray photo, the sort you see from airport scanners.

I’ll perhaps post some of the other shots in a future post.

For photographing the multiverse

Nikon F80, Sigma 105mm f/2.8 OS HSM & Truprint FG+ (expired 2003). Lab developed and home scanned.

Taken on 22 October 2022

Film photography · Medium Format · Photography

Power station

This is Blackburn Meadows power station which sits beside the the M1 motorway where it crosses Don Valley across a viaduct near the Meadowhall shopping mall. I’ve driven over the viaduct on numerous occasions and seen the power station bathed in gorgeous light many times. It’s been on a mental list of things to photograph for a while now. A road and a footpath run beside the place making for good vantage points.

The photos before were the first time I did so, although I had a second visit last weekend – but I have doubts about the second set as I had a problem when removing the film from the camera and suspect it might be riddled with light-leaks now as a result. I guess I’ll see when I get the negatives back from the lab.

Electric lights
Power station
Industrial structures

Yashicamat 124G & Kodak Plus-X (expired 2008). Ilfotec DD-X 1+4 6mins @ 20°

Taken on 20 September 2022

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From here to Timbuktu

Timbuktu, according to the pointer on this signpost, is 2,811 miles from this location. A fair distance for sure, but not a patch on how far it is to Cairns, Australia – a much further 9,423 miles distant. Luckily, the signpost – near the Meadowhall shopping mall in Sheffield – is less than 10 miles from where I live.

From here to Timbuktu

Yashicamat 124G & Kodak Plus-X (expired 2008). Ilfotec DD-X 1+4 6mins @ 20°

Taken on 20 September 2022

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Beach cafe

I didn’t go inside this cafe on this visit to Mablethorpe, although I have on previous trips. There’s something comforting about sitting in a cafe with views out over the sea, with a hot drink, and maybe a snack as you contemplate the world outside.

Beach Cafe

Nikon F80, Nikkor 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 D & Fukichrome Velvia 50 (expired 2011). Lab developed & home scanned.

Taken on 17 September 2022

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Compass points

Facing East North East, this vantage-point looks out across the North Sea towards Denmark which lies approximately 350 miles away.

Like many fences and railings in touristy places, the cables have been decorated with “love locks” and the odd bouquet of flowers. I wonder how many of the people who place these padlocks remain in the relationships they represent, and whether they ever come back and remove them if they don’t last? This is assuming that they can be removed of course – I suspect a good squirt of WD-40 might be needed in a lot of cases, especially where the salt air has had time to do its work, and I also wonder if love struck couples don’t just dispose of the keys anyway, another symbol of everlasting love?

Compass points

Nikon F80, Nikkor 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 D & Fukichrome Velvia 50 (expired 2011). Lab developed & home scanned.

Taken on 17 September 2022

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Derelict

I came across this building while wandering. I’ve no idea what it was used for in the past although, as it’s in the midst of some sizeable caravan sites, it might have been a club or something similar. It’s considerably overgrown with shrubs at the front now.

The Velvia blue skies make it look kinda nice though, despite its disuse.

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Seaside derelict
Seaside derelict-3

Nikon F80, Nikkor 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 D & Fukichrome Velvia 50 (expired 2011). Lab developed & home scanned.

Taken on 17 September 2022

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Chalet street

It wouldn’t be a trip to the seaside without a photo of some chalets or beach huts. Well, perhaps it would for non-photographers, but for me they’re almost an obligation to photograph when I see them, especially as I don’t visit the coast all that often.

This expired Velvia 50 has really done it’s work on that blue sky, hasn’t it?

Street of chalets

Nikon F80, Nikkor 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 D & Fukichrome Velvia 50 (expired 2011). Lab developed & home scanned.

Taken on 17 September 2022

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Hire me from £35

This wheelie-bin for hire advertisement caught my eye (from £35 a day), the bin perched atop a small Ford Ka van, The cones also got my attention, as did the sign afixed to the lamppost which, on first glance, I thought was advertising a flypast but which, upon closer inspection, is actually advertising an RAF Association meeting. There were teas, coffee, and cake involved, which sounds nice. Note also, the “God save the king” attribution at the bottom, this photograph having been taken the day before the funeral of Queen Elizabeth.

It’s a photograph of what might be considered a mundane scene, but these things often catch my eye. I find them interesting and I think it’s valuable to record such things, probably moreso than pretty landscapes.

Hire me from £35

Nikon F80, Nikkor 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 D & Fukichrome Velvia 50 (expired 2011). Lab developed & home scanned.

Taken on 17 September 2022